Bill Myers, Heather Burch and Jill Williamson

It was a BLAST to meet BILL MYERS, HEATHER BURCH and JILL WILLIAMSON Saturday, April 14th. I was thrilled to meet three talented authors writing in the youth market in one place. Bill Myers has been writing Christian books for young readers, teens and Christian Fiction for adults. He co-authored the McGee and Me series, his other series included Agent Dingaldorf, My life as... series, and so many more. He was featuring his Forbidden Doors Series.
Isaac, Bill, Heather, Jill and myself
In the middle of the picture is  Heather Burch with her debut novel The Halflings. Her book is under consideration for a film deal. Her book is doing well in Christian circles and also in the main stream publishers. I talked with Heather about this book and found it fascinating that it was 15 years in the making. Her husband was a youth pastor and their youth had a revival 15 years ago and the youth at that time were hungry to read books that had the spiritual message of Christ. The Harry Potter books were fun and engaging but where were the books that were just as good but had a Christian message? Heather has had a passion for the youth and writing. God combined the two passions into her debut novel, Halflings.
Isaac and Heather Burch

Jill Williams is a Christy Award winning novelist. Her first series is what a fan and her are holding below. Her new series is more of the Sci-fi Fantasy her first books were about. I'm intrigued by the cover of the book. Replication. Her husband is a youth pastor as well. The youth were pointing out to her that there really wasn't anything fun and engaging to read for teens to read. That's why many of them were reading other books not in Christian circles. This inspired Jill to step up and see if she could write a book that had all the glitz of Hollywood but with all the passion of Christ's message.

A fan and Jill's first series that won a Christy Award
It was fun to watch Jill engage with her fans
Isaac, Jill and Myself at book signing

Isaac and Bill Myers
Isaac, Bill Myers and myself

ABOUT AUTHOR: BILL MYERS ( is a bestselling author and award-winning writer/director whose work has won forty national and international awards. His books and videos have sold eight million copies and include The Seeing, Eli, The Voice, My Life as, Forbidden Doors, and McGee and Me. .

ABOUT BOOK: Some doors are better left unopened. Join teenager Rebecca 'Becka' Williams, her brother, Scott, and friend Ryan Riordan as they head for mind-bending clashes between the forces of darkness and the power of God. The Dark Power Collection brings together three fast-paced novels of the supernatural by bestselling author Bill Myers. The Society When is a game more than just a game? When it's a Ouija board in the hands of a group of students who use it as part of their occult rituals---and who view Rebecca and Scott as a threat to their power. A showdown is imminent. The Decieved Hypnotized by a speaker on reincarnation, Becka is caught up in experiences so eerie and powerful that they nearly strangle her faith and destroy her life. The Spell Bent on getting revenge on Becka for her interference, the Society begins a scare campaign complete with spells and curses. But the campaign quickly gets out of hand. Only one thing can save Becka---something she must discover on her own. 

ABOUT AUTHOR: JILL WILLIAMSON is a novelist, dreamer, and believer. Growing up in Alaska led to a love of books, and in 2010 her first novel, By Darkness Hid, won the Christy Award. She loves working with teenagers and gives writing workshops at libraries, schools, camps, and churches. Jill lives in Oregon with her husband and two children. Visit Jill online at  

ABOUT BOOK: Publication Date: December 27, 2011
When Your Life Is Not Your Own Martyr---otherwise known as Jason 3:3---is one of hundreds of clones kept in a remote facility called Jason Farms. Told that he has been created to save humanity, Martyr has just one wish before he is scheduled to 'expire' in less than a month. To see the sky. Abby Goyer may have just moved to Alaska, but she has a feeling something strange is going on at the farm where her father works. But even this smart, confident girl could never have imagined what lies beneath a simple barn. Or what would happen when a mysterious boy shows up at her door, asking about the stars. As the reality of the Jason Experiment comes to light, Martyr is caught between two futures---the one for which he was produced and the one Abby believes God created him to have. Time is running out, and Martyr must decide if a life with Abby is worth leaving everything he's ever known.Visit Jill online at 

ABOUT AUTHOR: HEATHER BURCH writes paranormal young adult novels. Her YA novel Halflings releases in hardcover in January and is the first book in the Halflings Series.

"I'd always known Halflings would open with Nikki being chased through the woods by hell-hounds. I couldn't get the image out of my head, so I wrote that scene." An X-Men fan and a hopeless romantic, Heather wanted to someday tell a story of extraordinary young people and the struggles that accompany saving the world.

Someday became now when half-angel teens started holding conversations in her head. "But it all began with Nikki and those hell-hounds and the Halflings watching from above. Once that scene was written, the adventure began. And I never want it to end."

Heather lives in Florida where she writes full time and has conversations with fictional teenagers. Every. Single. Day. 

ABOUT BOOK: Publication Date: January 17, 2012 |  Series: A Halflings Novel (Book 1)
After being inexplicably targeted by an evil intent on harming her at any cost, seventeen-year-old Nikki finds herself under the watchful guardianship of three mysterious young men who call themselves halflings. Sworn to defend her,  misfits Mace, Raven, and Vine battle to keep Nikki safe while hiding their  deepest secret---and the wings that come with. A growing attraction between Nikki and two of her protectors presents a whole other danger. While she risks a broken heart, Mace and Raven could lose everything, including their souls. As the mysteries behind the boys' powers, as well as her role in a scientist's dark plan, unfold, Nikki is faced with choices that will affect the future of an  entire race of heavenly beings, as well as the precarious equilibrium of the earthly world.

THESE ARE AUTHORS ON THE CUTTING EDGE OF YOUTH FICTION! THERE'RE ALSO ONES TO WATCH!! I'm thrilled to have met these authors and oh so excited about what they are writing and will be writing for our youth! 

Nora St.Laurent
The Book Club Network


  1. Ok. That is just plain awesome, Nora. Our daughter LOVES Jill Wlliamson's books, and she just finished Halflings. Yep. We're officially jealous of you! ;)

  2. It was fun to catch up with these authors. I loved learning about their books and how the Lord has lead them to writing for the youth. It was fun to hear Jill Williamson's journey and Heather Burch. Both of which are youth pastor's wife's!! Can't wait to read their books!! I'm so glad to hear your daughter loves them!! I'll be reading them soon!

    Nora St.Laurent
    The Book Club Network