Virginia Stem Owens has written over fifteen books that include three mysteries and nonfiction on a wide range of topics from media to metaphysics. Her memoir of her grandfather's last years won the Texas Institute of Letters prize for best nonfiction book in 1990. Living Next Door to the Death House, written with her husband, David, takes readers inside the prison culture that pervades her hometown, Huntsville, Texas.
She is on the editorial board of Books & Culture. She also served for seven years as Director of the Milton Center, an institute dedicated to fostering excellence in writing by Christians.