I have one more edit to do on my current novel. It’s a bit different than the previous three which were more Christian romance. In this one, the hero, Sam Treadwell, is a high school teacher in central Los Angeles in 1958. He is also a Marine vet, a war hero and a survivor of a very intense battle in the Pacific, Sugar Loaf Hill on Okinawa.
He suffers from what would be known now as PTSD, in that he has nightmares reliving some experiences and also had flashbacks. In this experience, he understands more about suffering and through this he is able to minister to the needs of his students and other troubled teens. The title, A Wounded Heart, comes from this principle, that in our afflictions, we are able to reach out to people who suffer the same things we go through.
The book deals with dysfunctional family life, with alcoholic parents, and domestic problems, teen pregnancy, bullies, a Korean War orphan who suffers trauma, and a young gangster who must learn to face his own anger and desire to hurt others. Through Sam, they are introduced to the Gospel, and find hope.
I’m also considering a future project that may surround one of the teens who becomes a youth minister to street kids.