Author signing at Family Christian Stores Saturday
The founder and pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Mooresboro, Dr. Bo Wagner, has written his first fiction book, The Night Heroes: Cry From The Coal Mine. The book is the first in a series of books Wagoner plans to write, based on real experiences and how children react to them.
He will sign copies of the book from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Family Christian Stores in Forest City.
Although he's written nonfiction books since 2009, while in Boomer, W. Va. holding revival services a few years ago, Wagoner visited a coal mine and learned about the Coal War in 1912.
"I began thinking about the children involved and I thought of my own three children and wondered how they would do during the coal war," he said.
He came back home and began to write the book based on his experience and talking with his children.
His children, Caleb 13, Karis, 11, and Alethia, 9, were about the same age as the book's characters when it was written.
The book tells the story of three kids who go to sleep one night but are immediately awakened only to find they have been transported back 100 years earlier.
"They have been given the task of finding an 11-year-old boy that disappeared in the mine before it is too late. Can Kyle, Carrie and Aly reach him in time?"
"My kids are hilarious in the way they entertain each other and the things they say," Wagner said.
"While I go around preaching to different places, I think about how they would react if they were called in the middle of the night in certain situations, what actions they would take?" he said.
"I wanted to write a book where children are the heroes," Wagoner said. " We have a lot of books where adults are heroes."
He also said the book is family friendly and anyone can enjoy it.
Wagner has been preaching regularly since he was 12 years old.
He earned his Associate degree in communications technology from Cleveland Community College in 1989. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in pastoral studies in 1997 and his masters and doctorate from Carolina Bible College in 2001 and 2003.
He founded Cornerstone Baptist Church in 1997.
He has beeh teaching at the Carolina Bible College since 2000 and has been a professor since 2003.