Country artist Sara Evans will publish her debut novel with Nashville-based publisher Thomas Nelson later this year. She has signed a four-book deal with the publisher.

The novel is the first in a series and will release in conjunction with a new album by Evans on RCA Nashville, due later this year.

Evans calls the fiction series an "emotional, Southern-flavored, multi generational tale, featuring a compelling love story." The artist drew inspiration for the characters from her own family life and experiences growing up.

Evans' debut novel is written with author Rachel Hauck, who is known for novels like "Diva NashVegas" and "Love Starts with Elle."