MIAMI COUNTY — After years of remembering encouragement from her former grade school teacher, a Piqua alumna has penned her first novel.
Author Christine Horner’s first novel, “Attribution,” was recently published as an e-book, with hardback and paperback copies set to be released in early October.
For the first 50 people to leave a review of “Attribution” — a futuristic thriller — on Amazon, Horner will send a signed hardcover or paperback edition of the book.
Horner, who now lives in Centerville, still remembers when her former teacher at Wilder Intermediate Elementary, Gail Melgaard, first called her a writer.
“She read one of my short stories out loud — she was reading everyone’s — and she said, very profoundly, ‘We have a writer here,’” Horner said.
Melgaard, who passed away in 2009, taught in the Piqua City School District for 30 years before retiring in 2004.
“I never forgot that. Her words of encouragement remained locked within my soul,” Horner said. “I certainly honor the teachers of the world who give such and provide such encouragement.”
Horner did not jump right into writing after graduating from Piqua High School in 1985, but instead pursued a career and family before coming full circle back to the talent she knew she had.
After graduating, Horner went to work for a finance company, and her career began to advance, with her becoming a branch manager for a company in Tucson, Arizona. She then met and married her husband, and they had two children.
“I wanted to be at home for them,” Horner said.
Her over-active imagination and intellect led her to ask herself, “What can I do to work from home?” After launching an online store, Horner began learning from a website developer and taking on similar jobs.
“I spent the last 10 years website designing,” along with marketing and consulting companies how to partner with each other “to work cooperatively together to enhance their prosperity,” Horner said.
“While that was happening, we had the 2008 crash, and I had some personal tragedies in my life,” she said.
Those difficulties inspired her first screenplay, she noted, adding that she began writing screenplays while her children were in bed. “I would write sometimes until one o’clock in the morning,” she said.
Horner pitched her screenplays a couple times in L.A., but was unsuccessful. “It’s all about who you know in the business,” she said.
That obstacle didn’t cause her to stop writing, though, but to expand her repertoire. “I knew I could write,” she said.
Horner then began adapting her screenplays to novels, which resulted in the novel she recently released.
“’Attribution’ is my first novel adapted from my screenplay,” she said. “I’m going to publish my screenplay, too. I have another screenplay I’m adapting now – a comedy.”
“Attribution,” which is set in 2036, is an action thriller about about a blacklisted journalist in a race against time to expose a coup.
“I like character-driven stories, character-driven drama,” Horner said. She added that action thrillers are her second love, so she worked to combine character drama with action in “Attribution.”
“I combined quirky characters into the action thriller,” she said, adding that she thinks “Attribution” has a “nice balance of character with action and thriller.”
Described as having “plenty of twists and turns,” Horner’s writing style dives into the characters’ personal lives to build up the drama.
“There is a huge surprise ending concerning the protagonist’s identity that may shock readers. Even I was surprised when it occurred to me halfway through the book,” she said. “It was as if she told me this is who she is. That’s the magic inherent in writing. It’s the writer who is the muse, merely the scribe taking dictation from the universe.”
While “Attribution” may be her first novel, Horner is also a practiced writer of nonfiction.
Horner is a 2014 Dayton Literary Peace Prize-nominated author for nonfiction and has written a children’s book about the everyday heroes, which was dedicated to her daughter, a cancer survivor who was diagnosed with a brain tumor at age 11.
“While she was going through treatment, I went through a dark night of the soul,” Horner said. She explained that her nonfiction, including a book called “What Is God? Rolling Back the Veil,” explores existential issues, the nature of the universe, and God.
Horner also launched a new blog this year, www.yourbrilliantfutureherenow.com, looking to encapsulate the core of all her work. She hopes to show that everyone has “the capacity to be everyday heroes.”
“It’s an outreach to spread that message for each of us to discover the miraculous we have in each other,” Horner said.
Horner also encourages readers to check out “Attribution,” saying that she thinks readers in their 20s to their 80s and older will find something to enjoy.
“I’m happy to have everyone in Piqua and the surrounding communities to enjoy the book … and I’ll send them a signed copy,” Horner said.
To get a digital copy of Horner’s book, visit www.ChristineHorner.com/free-book/, Amazon, or other e-book platforms.
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