Over the course of his career, Stephen Hines has published eighteen books with over 600,000 copies in print. Using his skills as a literary prospector, Hines has researched and developed four bestsellers: Little House in the Ozarks, (1991; 206,131 printed) “I Remember Laura,” (1994; 106,928 printed), The Quiet Little Woman (1999; 215,000 printed), and Laura Ingalls Wilder: Farm Journalist (2007; 3,500 books sold).
Little House in the Ozarks was a Publishers Weekly bestseller, and The Quiet Little Woman landed on the USA Today and Publishers Weekly gift book lists. (The University of Missouri considers Farm Journalist to be a bestseller from the standpoint of its being an academic title.)
Hines spends his time in magazine and reference archives, on the Internet, and in university libraries to do his research. His Ozarks book republished over 140 forgotten columns of the famous children’s author Laura Ingalls Wilder. It was the first time a large total of these columns had been published in book form. It was also a major Christian Booksellers Association title, though most of the sales were in general trade stores.
The Quiet Little Woman was a significant success for Honor Books. These Christmas stories by Louisa May Alcott reintroduced the nineteenth century’s most popular writer for children to a whole new generation of readers and led to the publication of two more books: Kate’s Choice (2001) and Louisa May Alcott’s Christmas Treasury (2002), a book I sell personally.
The year 2007 saw the release of his complete collection of all of Mrs. Wilder’s writings from the old Missouri Ruralist farm paper for the University of Missouri. These writings were training for Mrs. Wilder’s magnum opus the “Little House” on the Prairie series of books, and Laura Ingalls Wilder, Farm Journalist published her work just as it appeared in the original paper, retaining Mrs. Wilder’s unique spelling and grammar.
Hines’s eighteenth book was Titanic: One Newspaper, Seven Days, and the Truth That Shocked the World and memorialized the 100th anniversary of the sinking of RMS Titanic on the night of April 14/15 of 1912. The title found a home in museums and libraries across the country.
His nineteenth book will be Treasures of Heaven, a devotional to be published by HarperChristian Publishing. It should appear in the next few months.
As a graduate student at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, Hines started his career by editing and writing for the Indiana Oral History Newsletter. After graduation, Hines moved to Asheville, North Carolina, to work as a copy editor for The Presbyterian Journal, now called World magazine.
From Asheville, Hines and his family moved to Nashville, Tennessee, to work for Thomas Nelson Publishers where he eventually became managing editor. After several years at Thomas Nelson, he went to work as editor for Wolgemuth & Hyatt, Publishers, then he was a project editor for the American Association for State and Local History, and then he went to M. Lee Smith Publishers. Now he writes and edits from his home.
Over the years, Hines has also had published:
- James: A Faith That Works by David C. Cook, 1987
- Granmother’s Precious Moments™: Special Memories for My Grandchild, with Gwendolyn Hines, by Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1990
- Words From a Fearless Heart by Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1995
- Saving Graces: The Inspirational Writings of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Broadman & Holman, 1997
- Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Fairy Poems by Bantam Doubleday Dell, 1998 (30,000 copies in print)
- The Quiet Little Woman (for young readers) by Honor Books, 2000 (40,000 copies in print)
- The True Crime Files of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle by Berkley Books, 2001, with Steven Womack
- The Christmas Treasury of Louisa May Alcott by RiverOak Publishing, 2002
- The Abbot’s Ghost and The Baron’s Gloves were his newest Louisa May Alcott discoveries and were published by Thomas Nelson in October, 2005.
- Ben Hur by Lew Wallace abridges this beloved masterpiece to update it for the modern reader. Thomas Nelson was the publisher in 2005.
- Blessings of Heaven compiled by Stephen W. Hines. Thomas Nelson published in 2014.
Hines has also appeared on the ABC Family Channel, CNN, and the Governor David Patterson radio show from New York. He has done radio interviews from the Yukon in Canada to Tampa in Florida.