ACU staff member publishes Christian novel

Posted May 19, 2010 Karen Witemeyer bookKaren Witemeyer has dreamt of ministering to others through her writing for years. This month, that dream becomes reality as her novel A Tailor-Made Bride, a Christian historical romance, hits store shelves all over the nation.

"At the 2008 American Christian Fiction Writers conference, I met with an editor from Bethany House, my ideal publisher," says Witemeyer. "I submitted a manuscript and a synopsis for another, and they found my stories a good fit. By January 2009, I had signed a three-book contract."

Bethany House Publishing, one of the top publishers of Christian fiction, will produce Witemeyer's book to be sold at Lifeway, Mardel, Books-A-Million, Barnes & Noble, Borders, Amazon and

"I'm as thrilled as can be," says Witemeyer. "I am joining the esteemed company of Bethany House bestsellers like Tracie Peterson, Deeane Gist, Tamara Alexander and Beverly Lewis."

To celebrate the release of her book, Witemeyer is hosting a release party at Abilene's Frontier Texas on Saturday, May 22. From 2-4 p.m., kids can enjoy period-accurate frontier games while their parents enjoy contests, giveaways and one of the first public looks at A Tailor-Made Bride.

A Tailor-Made Bride
is Witemeyer's first novel. Her second book, Head in the Clouds, will release in October.

Witemeyer holds a master's degree in psychology from ACU and has served as ACU's Coordinator of University Testing since 2003. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America and the Texas Coalition of Authors. She has published fiction in Focus on the Family's children's magazine, and has written several articles for online publications and anthologies. Visit her website.

Read more about A Tailor-Made Bride, including the Publisher's Weekly review, here.