Lion Hudson is launching a fiction imprint “as a platform for Christian novelists from all traditions”, which it intends to sell through the general market as well as the specialist Christian market.
Lion Fiction will publish crime, women’s fiction and fantasy and will publish around 25 new titles a year in print and digital editions.
Launch authors with titles out in March 2013 include fantasy author Stephen Lawhead with the first two novels in a new Bright Empires series, The Skin Map and The Bone House. Meanwhile, “Songs of Praise” presenter Pam Rhodes will write a new women’s fiction series, the Dunbridge Chronicles, with the first novel Fisher of Men also out in March.
Authors in the crime line-up include Donna Fletcher Crow and Martin Allison Booth. Lion Fiction will also repackage the first two books in Mel Starr’s Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon, series—The Unquiet Bones and A Corpse at St Andrew’s Chapel—previously published by Murdoch Books.
Publishing director Andrew Hodder-Williams said: “We are excited to offer Lion Fiction as a platform for Christian novelists from all traditions. Twentieth-century fiction was enriched by a range of great Christian entertainers—from G K Chesterton, C S Lewis and J R R Tolkien, to Dorothy Sayers and P D James, and more recently in their different ways Dean Koontz, Marilynne Robinson and, of course, Stephen Lawhead.
"Building on our fiction and storytelling legacy, we aspire to seek out and nurture a new generation of writers whose imagination and craft will similarly delight 21st-century readers.”