Horror and pornography writer Anne Rice has a book about Jesus in the works:
Rice, 63, of Kenner, La., said she's in the final stages of her latest book, "Christ the Lord," expected to be released Nov. 1, and it takes her down an entirely new path.
"It's set in first-century Palestine with Jesus as a child, beginning at age 7," Rice said.
She said the novel fills in the gap of Jesus' life before the Gospel accounts.
Rice said the book is a departure from the vampires and witches her fans have come to expect, but she sees it as part of her spiritual journey.
"They like supernatural heroes, and (Jesus) is one. They like outsiders, and he is one," she said. "I hope and pray they'll see the continuity, and they'll like it."