CITY OF BROOKFIELD - Tales gone untold are those that appeal to Barbara Britton.

The newly minted Brookfield author will see her second book, "Building Benjamin: Naomi's Journey," hit the shelves April 1.

"Building Benjamin" is a part of Britton's "Tribes of Israel" series, which began in October 2016 with her first book "Providence: Hannah's Journey."

"I look for little-known characters or events in the Bible. So I was reading through the Bible and came to the last chapters in the book of Judges," Britton said.

Britton's story stems from a conflict between the tribe of Benjamin and other tribes.

"The book follows Naomi and two of her friends who are snatched by these Benjamins," Britton said.

Britton previously taught at Brookfield Christian School, where she says the seed was planted for her to find the genre that would culminate her dream of being a published author.

"I just enjoyed bringing Bible stories to life. I just saw all these great characters that we didn't really know much about," Britton said. "I want to tell their backstory and maybe a future story and get people thinking about all these great people in the Bible."

While Britton's stories focus on the Bible, she is confident that those of non-Christian faiths can still enjoy and learn from her work.

"They're about people facing hardship, and they rely on their belief system — whatever it is — to get them through it," Britton said. "I think anybody would enjoy them regardless of if they're Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu."

As a breast cancer survivor, Britton credits her faith with playing a major role in her own life story. She was diagnosed in fall 2015, but was declared cancer-free in time for her first book to be released just a year later. She completed much of the editing of "Building Benjamin" during radiation therapy.

"I can't imagine going through what I went through without having a relationship with Jesus Christ and my church," Britton said.

Britton has been invited to host a book signing from 1 to 3 p.m. April 22 at Barnes & Noble at Brookfield Square, 95 N. Moorland Road.

"I have written parts of my books in the (Barnes & Noble) cafe, so this is the perfect place to launch my stories into the world," Britton said.

Britton's third book, "Jerusalem Rising: Adah's Journey," is slated for release this fall.

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