My current work, A Wounded Heart, plays off of my last novel, Coming Home. Sam Treadwell, the hero of that novel, is now a high school history teacher in his neighborhood in Central Los Angeles. He faces the challenges of teaching urban kids while trying to help them through some of their troubles.
Some of the characters are George Hunkele, a young Jewish man who must face prejudice and harassment from the troublemakers in his school; Patsy Reed, a young woman dealing with dysfunction in her family life; Larry Foster, a hard-working young black man trying to build up his self-esteem to go on to college and Kathy Schneider, a Korean War orphan who, though well assimilated into American society, must handle the trauma of her past.
Sam also has had to handle trauma as a residual from his experience as a Marine during World War II, and seeks healing through his faith. This experience will help him to work with these young people to find their own healing.
It seems almost fitting to me that the first novel of mine to be published was based on my mother. My mother had always encouraged me to be educated, always thought of me as a genius actually. She had faith in my abilities, even though as a young person I was rather lazy in my accomplishments. I was an A and B student and probably would’ve done much better had I been more ambitious. But I took it for granted. I thought of myself as a smart kid because my mother thought so.
Writing for me was the same way. I was good at coming up with ideas for novels. Even creating a few characters. But I never had the passion, the discipline, the drive to write. It’s only been recently, through the inspiration of the Lord, that I have felt these things. Coming Home is about finding a secure place in a storm. It’s about finding something to believe in that will take us out of our circumstances, and a Christians, we know that something is Jesus.
It was recently 17 years since my mother passed away, so I’m glad it’s so near to that anniversary, so near to Mother’s Day that my first book has been published. I have felt this story in my heart for a couple of years. I am happy with the results and pray that this book will do well. It is the culmination of a life-time dream, and my mother’s hopes for my life.
My first novel, Coming Home, is currently available through Kindle and Amazon.com. I plan to distribute it through various apostolic bookstores as soon as I can get some printed copies.
Loosely based on the experience of my mother in coming to California at the age of 17, it involves a young girl, Jennie Jones, whose mother is stricken with tuberculosis in December 1943. Jennie is traveling alone by train to meet her brother in California and encounters a young Marine, Sam Treadwell, who is en route to Camp Pendleton and deployment in the South Pacific. Sam leads her to an experience with Jesus and through this encounter finds faith and encouragement to make a new life.
It is my hope to inspire those who are going through difficult situations to see that God can change your circumstances and give you a new life in Him.
I am currently writing my third novel, A Wounded Heart, which involves the hero of Coming Home, Sam Treadwell, who has become a high school teacher working with troubled teenagers in Los Angeles.