Author at a Glance:
// Genres: Christian Fiction, Historical Romance, Biblical Retellings, Historical Mystery
// Awards: 2020 Carol Award Winner (Debut)
// Agent: Adria Goetz of KT Literary
// Favorite Book: Jane Eyre
// Drink of Choice: London Fog
Naomi Stephens is a bookworm turned teacher turned writer. She received a B.A. in English from Concordia University in Ann Arbor and an M.A. in English from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.
Her first novel, Shadow among Sheaves, was an Inspy Award shortlister and winner of the 2020 Carol Award in Debut Fiction. In bookstores, Naomi gravitates towards 19th-century British novels—the broodier the better (i.e., Jane Eyre)—but she can also be found perusing the young adult, mystery, and fantasy sections. Anything that keeps her turning pages past midnight!
Though she's called many places home over the years, she currently lives in Ohio with her husband, her two children, and a rascal of a dog named Sherlock. When not writing or having adventures with her family, she can be found drinking tea, practicing photography, and pining for London.
“In her strong debut...Stephens convincingly fleshes out her characters and crisply portrays 19th-century English sensibilities. Those familiar with the story of Ruth will notice the obvious, though loose, parallels, but Rena and Barric’s tale stands firmly on its own with surprising turns and great emotional depth.”
- Publishers Weekly Review of Shadow among Sheaves