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Nearing completion

Well, I’m nearly at the end of chapter eight, so I have only two more chapters to write on A Wounded Heart.  I’ve really had to persevere on this one, unlike the last two novels, but I guess sometimes it will be like that.

Anything worthwhile comes from perseverance.   I have the remainder of the story outlined and hope to get more work done on it by this weekend.  The past week was particularly hectic, with getting my storage unit cleaned out, downsized and moved to a new location.  And then my son was having the house cleaned for landlord inspection.  But, with those done, I can get back to my novel writing and keep at it.

I’ve also been doing some writing online about biblical marriage, which has been really inspiring.  God has been using it to get me to study topics on His love for HIs people among other thing.  AGAPE.  That’s what it is all about, keeping the love of Jesus in our hearts.  Love is the fulfillment of the Law.   Everything in the Bible flows from that.

 

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Progress on A Wounded Heart

After taking a couple of days off from writing, I am reading through my progress thus far (the 7th chapter) in order to ensure consistency of flow in the storyline.  Once I’ve done that, I can determine where to go from here.  I think I’ve got three, maybe five more chapters at most.   Then I will begin the editing process.

I already have part of another book started, but that book will be non-fiction regarding a bible study on marital roles.

I have a couple of more ideas for books I’m looking at, one a children’s book on taking on the whole armor of God, two a continuation of A Wounded Heart in which one of the minor characters will come to the forefront and become a powerful witness for God.   A third idea involves a war widow, but I’m not sure where I am going to go with that yet.

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A Wounded Heart part two

After difficulties faced by the failure of my laptop (I had to go and purchase another), I have been able to get back on track with writing, and am more than halfway through the novel.  I reviewed some of the characters and decided some needed further development, and will add a few others.

Otherwise, I am happy with the results so far.  The connection between Sam, the World War II Marine and Korean War orphan Kathy Schneider worked out really well, and will come to the forefront of the story.  The trauma that Sam faced due to his war experience will parallel that of the orphan who doesn’t know who she is.  Sam is able to relate to her experience and help her toward healing through Jesus.   That will come full circle as Kathy and her family decide to return to Korea and help others like her.

In some ways, and this is what I want to bring out, Sam’s experience at Sugar Loaf Hill reflects his willingness to pull others out of danger, out of the harrowing experiences of life that wound us all.

 

 

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A Wounded Heart

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.

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My mother

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.

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Coming Home

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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.