Christine Thomas Sunderland (1947-) grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and came of age in the tumultuous Vietnam War years. Her inspirational novels, set in the present day, reflect the larger questions of our world: What is civilization? Why is our past important? How do we understand where we are going? She is also fascinated with the interaction of matter and spirit.
Having traveled extensively in Europe, her trilogy explores the legacy of Western European culture: Pilgrimage (OakTara, 2007), tells of a mother's search for healing of body and soul in Italy; Offerings (OakTara, 2009) tells of a redemptive journey through France (Bronze Medal winner in the Independent Publisher Book Awards 2010); Inheritance (OakTara 2009) tells of a life-saving trip through England.
Her fourth novel, award-winning Hana-lani (OakTara 2010), set in Hana, Maui, is a love story about the role of family in American culture. Her fifth novel, The Magdalene Mystery (OakTara 2013), Grand Prize Winner, Next Generation Indie Book Awards, is a mystery/quest to find the true Mary Magdalene in Rome and Provence. Her sixth novel, a literary suspense set at UC Berkeley about the borders between civilization and the wilderness, The Fire Trail (eLectio, 2016), considers today's cultural crises.
Christine holds a BA in English Literature from San Francisco State University and is a graduate of the Squaw Valley Writers Workshop and the Maui Writers Retreat. She lives in Northern California with her husband and two incredible cats. She loves to write.