Gilbert Morris died suddenly, but peacefully, at his home in Gulf Shores, Ala., on Thursday February 18th. He was 86. Over the last 40 years, he was the author of more than 230 novels to youth and adults that sold nearly 7 million copies worldwide. “He was the grandfather of Christian historical fiction,” said his long-time agent, Greg Johnson, of WordServe Literary. “Hundreds of novelists can trace their creative and inspirational roots back to Gilbert’s books. As late as last week we were talking about new projects he wanted to get started. He was a great friend, wonderful man of faith, and as devoted to his family as any man could be.” Gilbert was a former pastor and college professor who took up writing in his forties at a time when Christian fiction was just beginning. He was preceeded in death by his wife Johnnie and his son Alan, who he co-wrote several novels with. He has many grandchildren and two daughters who survive. His daughter Lynn Morris who still writes fiction for FaithWords. Memorial services are pending.