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"Fascinated with the structure of belief, I write novels set in the present but layered with the past."

Background Information

            Born Christine Thomas in Fresno, California, I am one of the early Baby Boomers.  I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and experienced the commotion of the Vietnam protests during my college years.  I lived in Canada for some time and returned to California with my young son in 1977.  While working as a secretary, I met my present husband, a company executive.  When my husband retired in 1992, we began to travel regularly to Italy, France, and England.

            Because of this remarkable opportunity to visit the home of Western Civilization, I studied history so that I would understand what I was seeing.  I audited classes and read and read and read.  The study took me back to the rise of Christianity in the Roman Empire, the foundation for Western thought.  I soon understood what scholars mean when they say we cannot understand the present without understanding the past.

             I have also been fascinated with the interaction of body and soul, matter and spirit.  Science is only beginning to understand some of the mechanisms of the brain; how we think and perceive is still a great mystery.  Evidence supports the theory that the body and soul are closely connected, that our mental/spiritual state affects our physical well-being.  My novels explore some of these ideas.

            Over the years I have had many wise and loving people guide me, comfort me, show me the way.  I have learned from the old and the young, friends and family from every walk of life.  I have begun, I believe, to catch glimpses of our place in history, see patterns of love and suffering that marble each of us as we journey through time.


Birth Place
Fresno, CA USA

BA English Literature; Squaw Valley Writers Workshop, Maui Writers Retreat

Additional Information

My first novel, PILGRIMAGE, set in Italy, was published by Oaktara in 2007. OFFERINGS, a sequel set in France, was released Spring 2009, and INHERITANCE, the third in the trilogy, set in England, was released Fall 2009. HANA-LANI, set in Hawaii, a novel about faith and family came out in 2010 (OakTara). THE MAGDALENE MYSTERY, a quest for the truth about Mary Magdalene was released in June 2013 by OakTara. This novel of suspense is set in Rome and Provence.

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The American Church Union
I serve as Managing Editor of the American Church Union, the publishing group for the Anglican Province of Christ the King; we recently released THE FAITH by Raymond Raynes and THE LIFE OF RAYMOND RAYNES by Nicholas Mosley.

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