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Quirky Southern fiction, yep, that's me! Funny, I grew up in Japan, far from these Southern parts, but my mother made sure we had grits, sweet tea, and knew about Robert E. Lee. More about me: Rain Song, my Southern novel, published by Bethany House, was a finalist for a 2009 Christy Award! This first novel comes with a mysterious past. I always like a little mystery in both my life and


Background Information

I thrive on writing novels because life is filled with pain and excitement, and I want to convey these aspects through my quirky, flawed, and yet, endearing characters. I like characters that beg you to consider them to be more than you had originally planned.   In my two novels (Rain Song and How Sweet It Is), two characters asked me to develop them and let them run.  I gave in; with the results, I couldn't be happier.

My son Daniel died in 1997 and from his life and death I have grown in my writing.  He was only four when he breathed his last in my arms, but his legacy of courage and love shines on over the years.  I suppose my novels will always include death because this is reality--as much as we hate to admit it.

In Daniel's memory, I gathered recipes from fellow-bereaved parents and siblings for two cookbooks--Slices of Sunlight and Down the Cereal Aisle.  These were published by Daniel's House Publications. I created this organization and for six years sent an ezine to over 1,000 subscribers.

Bethany House is the publisher of my novels and I hope they are as excited as I am.  

Rain Song takes place in North Carolina, where I live now.  The novel is an east-meets-west story of family, tradition, fears, devotion, and the unity that comes about when you whip up a batch of pineapple chutney.

How Sweet It Is takes place in the mountains of western North Carolina and deals with forgiveness and self-image..

Hatteras Girl arrives in bookstores in October.  Like the title suggests, this tale is set in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Jackie is determined to run the old Bailey Bed and Breakfast in Nags Head.

My newsletter, Literary Lyrics, is free to sign-up for, and that can be done at my website. I send it out whenvever the mood strikes, so it's not going to clog your in-box often.

I teach Writing the Heartache courses, both online and at conferences.  Sharing the value of writing with others is life-giving for me.  As Alice Walker said, "Writing saved me."  I agree.

 

                                               About Rain Song from the publishers:

 

His words have unlocked a special place in her heart,
but he lives in the one place she vowed she'd never return...

Nicole Michelin avoids airplanes, motorcycles, and most of all, Japan, where her parents once were missionaries. Something happened in Japan. Something that sent Nicole and her father back to America alone. Something of which Nicole knows only bits and pieces. But she is content with life in little Mount Olive, North Carolina, with her quirky relatives, tank of lively fish, and plenty of homemade pineapple chutney.

Through her online column for the Pretty Fishy website, Nicole meets Harrison Michaels, who, much to her dismay, lives in Japan. She attempts to avoid him, but his e-mails tug at her heart.

Then Harrison reveals that he knew her as a child in Japan. In fact, he knows more about her childhood than she does! Will Nicole face her fears in order to discover her past and take a chance on love?

 

                                 About How Sweet It Is from the publishers:

When Deena Livingston moves into her grandfather's cabin in the mountains of North Carolina, she plans to keep to herself, start a cake-decorating business, and recover from the heartbreak she left behind in Atlanta. But a special request from Grandpa Ernest compels her to interact with the Bryson City locals, who have some surprising stories to share with the new girl in town.

Can a Dr. Seuss-quoting plumber who shows up at the most unexpected times, a handsome social worker who seems to know exactly what Deena is thinking, and a classroom full of mischievous middle-school students teach Deena to once again embrace the sweet things in life?

 

Birth Place
Osaka,  Japan
Accomplishments

When Bethany House purchased Rain Song, they gave me a two-book deal. Book number two, How Sweet It Is, takes place in Bryson City, NC, right on the edge of the Smoky Mountains. Rain Song has also been published in Dutch by Kok, a company in The Netherlands. The edition has its own Dutch cover. Adorable!

Additional Information

* Book Launching Shower for Rain Song to be held Sunday, October 5, 2008 at the home of J. Stolp in Durham. * Book Signing and Discussion at The Regulator Bookshop in Durham, NC on October 24 at 7 PM. * Book Signing and Discussion at Barnes and Noble at the New Hope Commons shopping center in Durham, NC on November 6 at 7:30 PM. * Family Christian Stores will have a book signing event at the Fayetteville Road location near The Streets at Southpoint on November 8 from noon until 2 PM. * Holiday Reunion Open House held at 201 Monticello Avenue on 11/15/08 * The Cary Public Library book reading/discussion on January 26 at 7 PM. * Barnes and Noble book event in Burlington, NC on February 21 from 2 PM. * Workshop presenter at the regional Compassionate Friends Conference in Frankfort, KY on March 20 -21. * Cameron Village Regional Library in Raleigh on April 19 at 2 PM. * Family Christian Store by Northgate Mall in Durham on May 9 from noon to 2 PM. * Lifeway Christian Books in Cary on May 16 from 11 AM to 1 PM. It's National Fiction Day! * Barnes and Noble in New Hope Commons in Durham on June 12 at 7:30 PM. * The Regulator Bookshop in Durham on June 25 at 7 PM. ***** I am always available for speaking engagements, radio interviews, women's functions, book signings, and any event that has all-you-can-eat sushi. *****

Contact Information
Daniel's House Publications
201 Monticello Avenue 
Durham NC 27707   USA
Contact Author: Alice J Wisler





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