[The Resurrection of Nat Turner is] “fast-paced . . . nearly flawless . . . riveting and expertly told by an inspired, practiced storyteller.”—Publishers Weekly
This is exceptional praise for any writer. But it is especially extraordinary for work written by an author who openly embraces her faith. The acclaim does not stop there. Sharon Ewell (rhymes with jewel) Foster’s first novel, Passing by Samaria, was the NAACP Book of the Year in 2000 as well as winner of the coveted Christy Award.
Sharon is a rarity. She is truly a crossover artist. Her work is featured in Christian and mainstream stores. She is the only author to place on the Essence Bestsellers List, CBA Bestsellers list, and ECPA Bestsellers list.
The author has been favorably featured in Christian and mainstream press: Christianity Today, Ebony Magazine, Charisma, Dallas Morning News, NAACP Crisis Magazine, Durham Herald Sun, Christian radio, public radio, ABC syndicated Touch Radio, and a CBS-radio affiliate.
Abraham’s Well, her seventh novel, was winner of the Romantic Times Best Inspirational Award in 2006, as well as a Historical Novel Society Editor’s Choice selection, and a RAWSISTAZ Reviewers all time favorite. Her fourth novel, Passing into Light, has been translated into Russian.
In books filled with adventure, mystery, hope and laughter, Foster speaks the truth about real-life situations with love. All this is set to poetic rhythms that stir the soul and get the heart pumping, “I’m a spiritual person. I stopped trying to hide it,” says Foster. Her books speak to African-American traditions, yet resound with universal themes.
Born in Marshall, Texas, and raised in East St. Louis, Illinois, Sharon Ewell Foster is the only daughter of five children. She is herself the single mother of two young adults: a daughter, Lanea, and a son, Chase. “They are my first editors,” she says. “My books are as much theirs as mine.”
The former Defense Department writer, analyst, and logistician—including two stints at the Pentagon—has a writer’s voice powerful enough to move men and elegant enough to inspire the hearts of women. She is winner of the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award, a double RITA finalist, and has earned a place on the Essence best sellers list. She weaves artistic, truth-filled tales that have earned her a loyal following that crosses market, gender, faith, and racial boundaries.
Along with novel writing, Foster has contributed to Romantic Times Magazine, Tavis Smiley’s Keep the Faith, The Women of Color Devotional Bible, SistahFaith, and she has been a Daily Guideposts contributing writer to for over ten years.
After five years researching and writing, the ground-breaking The Resurrection of Nat Turner, Part 1: The Witnesses (Howard/Simon and Schuster) will be released August 2, 2011 in time for the 180th anniversary of Nat Turner’s 1831 Southampton County slave revolt. Part 2 is scheduled to be released in February 2012.
Sharon remains the only African-American Christy Award winner.