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.