December 13, 2014

Wait and See

It's been almost two months since I began writing [title is a secret], andwith God's help—I have managed to keep up with my goal of a chapter a week. It certainly has not been easy. This week, in particular, has been filled with excitement, disappointment, heartbreak, and thrill; thus, the only real writing I've done has been the past two days. Thankfully inspiration has been flowing freely during this time.

One of the inevitable questions you get as an author goes something like this: "So, are you working on anything else?" If people really knew what authors were like, they would realize how utterly rhetorical a question this is. But, of course, the author must answer, "Yes, I actually am!" or even more vaguely "I have a few ideas..." These answers better translate as "Yes, I have multiple ideas, and one in particular that I am pursuing. But they are my ideas. My. Ideas. Not all written down, and certainly not at all ready for reading!" However, as the author cannot be so blunt, the unknowing reader responds, "Cool! What's it about?" To which the poor writer can only say elusively, "You'll have to wait and see."

I find that many of the best things are those which you have to wait for, and when they do come, they often arrive in unexpected ways and at unexpected times.

So, to all my dear readers: you'll just have to wait and see.

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October 16, 2014

Beginning another adventure...

Well, it seems that despite a busy schedule and the traditional flow of life, I've found some spare time. The autumn breeze seems to have gotten to my head and infected it with a crazy idea. But it is a good idea.

Today, I started writing my next book.

In truth, I really don't have time. None at all, in fact! However, God is showing me that the things we "have time for" in life are not always the most important—it's the things we make time for that matter. To me, writing is such a gift that, despite whatever I may have going on, it is definitely worth making time for.

How long will it take? Who can say. Writers and their works are mysterious. Even I have not figured them out yet...(chuckle)...all that matters is that I have begun. Begun that first step of an adventure that will thrill me and hopefully delight so many others.

Carpe diem,

June 19, 2014

The Lighthouse Thief should hit the market this week!

After all these long years of writing and final months of preparation, The Lighthouse Thief is finally finished. Lord willing, the book will hit Amazon, Kindle, eBay and the like by the end of this week.

Stay posted for news about when the book officially drops--as well as other news such as Kindle deals and freebies!


My current reading list:

  • Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
  • Dreamlander by K.M. Weiland
  • Tolkien: An Authorized Biography by Humphrey Carpenter
  • Love Does by  Bob Goff

June 1, 2014

First illustration from The Lighthouse Thief!!!

Here it is: the first illustration from my middle-grade novel, The Lighthouse Thief! The book is set for a release in mid-June. The illustrations are by the talented Josiah Dooley.
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In Christ,

My current reading list:

  • Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
  • The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Tolkien: An Authorized Biography by Humphrey Carpenter
  • The Medieval Fortress by H.W. Kaufmann and J. Kaufmann

February 19, 2014

Facebook author page!

Check out and like my new Facebook author page! I'll be posting about events and book updates there, as well as on this blog.


January 31, 2014

The Trip...and The Title!

First, some good news: my research trip to Saint Simons Island was fantastic! My illustrator and I were able to explore all the highlight of The Island, and I uncovered some much-needed information for my book. Saint Simons is a beautiful, enchanting place, and it is always a privilege to visit. I think the weekend can best be understood in pictures, so I've included several below.

Second, some more good news: I have decided on a title for my book, and it *should* remain as the final title. The novel (geared towards the middle-grade audience) is titled The Lighthouse Thief. I hope to release it by this summer.

And, my current reading list:
  • The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Saving Leonardo by Nancy Pearcey
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • The School Story by Andrew Clements

January 13, 2014

Saint Simons Novel: A Brief Update

Things are looking good for my next book, a middle-grade novel set on Saint Simons Island, Georgia.

Along with my illustrator, I will be trekking down to The Island this weekend for more research and inspiration. We'll be touring all the highlights of Saint Simons and enjoying the fabulous coastal atmosphere. Stay tuned for more posts and pictures of the trip!

If all goes well, I hope to release the book this summer. The whole process has been, and, I hope, will continue to be an adventure.

In Christ,

My Current Reading List:

  • Georgia's Land of the Golden Isles by Burnette Vanstory
  • The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, Part One) by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Elements of Style by William Strunk and E.B. White
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis