La Crosse, WI (PRWEB) September 03, 2012
Shirley M. Tucker must be exhausted. A three-state, two country book signing tour had her dropping in at hotels, coffee houses, country clubs, and libraries. South Africa is her home, but on September 5th and 7th she will be in Port Moody in British Columbia, Canada.
August may have been a whirlwind for her, but that is only the latest in a two year series of exciting events. In 2010, she submitted her novel, "Diamonds in the Dust", in Athanatos Christian Ministry's 2011 Christian Novel Contest. She won; Athanatos Ministries turned around and immediately offered to publish her winning story. The book was released to the public in December of 2011 and she has been out promoting her book across three continents ever since.
"'Diamonds in the Dust' is told through the main character, Ida Morgan, but in reality it is a story about the many orphans in South Africa and throughout the world that are largely ignored, or trampled up if anyone does notice them," Mrs. Tucker says. These orphans are the 'diamonds in the dust.'
Mrs. Tucker and her husband, Mark, formed a micro-lending charity called The Phakamani Foundation to help combat the poverty that they see in their native land.
Anthony Horvath, the publisher of Mrs. Tucker's book, says that the fact that Mrs. Tucker was engaged in the Phakamani project did help inform his decision to back the book. "For a Christian contest, we expect the material to at least be friendly to Christian values. But when you know that the author is living out the very thing being written about, that really makes an impression. You know they are telling the Truth, even in fiction."
Mrs. Tucker will be at The Klahanie Canoe Club on Wednesday September 5th and The Aria Club on Friday, September 7th. Both venues are in British Columbia, Canada.
Shirley Tucker is available for interviews and can be reached through the publisher.