I completed the final editing on Liberty’s Promise and will be doing one final read-through before submitting it for publishing through Amazon.
Next I will be starting editing on A Wounded Heart and further outlining of Josiah book. I’m in the process of learning to illustrate, which I will do once the actual text is complete.
My feeling at this point on Across the River is that I may write the prologue and then write remaining chapters as they come to me.
I’m praying about another project which would be a work of non-fiction, a book on Brokenness and Healing within a Christian context, aimed at educating others on the experience of sexual abuse/sexual assault. With the whole #metoo campaign, and some other connections I’ve made in my church group, I feel the Lord leading me in this direction.
I’m on the 2nd edit of Liberty’s Promise and hope to have the final edit done by weekend or early next week. This novel went really smoothe and I don’t foresee a lot in the finally editing stages. Hopefully by month’s end will have it out on Amazon.
Have outlined my next project, Josiah: the Young King Who Served God, and plan to start doing some writing soon as well as learning how to illustrate it. A couple of things I need to research is: average length of book for 2nd graders (the age of my grandson), word usage, as well as how to put some biblical language into language that is appropriate to the age. Josiah cleaned out a lot of filthy things from Israel, and some of these things are so despicable one has to sanitize it a little for little eyes.
I think I’m falling into a pattern of writing my next project while editing the previous, which seems to be working well.
I’m also looking into Audible books. One person asked me if my books were in an audible format, and I see I can do this. One thing that holds me back is, my voice tends to be high and childlike. Would need to think about whether I can train my voice to an appropriate tone to do this.
The Locket is now available on-demand. You can order copies through me. It will be available within 3-5 days on Amazon/Kindle.
The first draft of my novel A Wounded Heart is complete. I hope to start editing by this weekend, which moves relatively quickly. The storyline needs some shaping and polishing, but I feel very proud at the moment.
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.
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.