One year has passed since the debut of my novel, The Guide. It’s been an adventure, and I’ve learned a lot. I would like to thank all of you who have purchased a copy and shown an interest in my writing. Your kind words and support are my greatest treasures. Some of you have gone so far as to place a copy in your church library and some have written reviews on your blog. I’ve had the privilege of befriending other authors who have given me tremendously sound advice. Yes, I have tried to recoup my investments, and I’ve donated most of my profits to charity. No, I haven’t quit my day job, but maybe I’m not suppose to. Writing has opened up a whole new avenue to explore my creative side and a way to share my faith. I often think that, had he lived in this age, the Apostle Paul might’ve been a blogger.
My book uses the hunting-guide analogy as a way of pointing to the greatest Guide, God’s Spirit. Whether you’re a hunter or not, you can probably relate to using guides: hunting, fishing, hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, rafting, touring, etc. We can rely on these people as they lead us to better vistas, help us enjoy the earth’s bounties or take us safely through dangerous turns. They usually stretch us beyond our comfort zones and show us the world’s greatest wonders. I’ve made my worst mistakes when I’ve rejected God’s guidance and tried to go it on my own, rationalizing my decisions down the wrong trails of life.
Many of you have been asking me what I’m doing for a second novel. I keep asking myself that same question. But I have begun outlining a second book, and it too will take place in the outdoors, probably along a river or … maybe … a jungle; I haven’t decided. Before I write a story, article or poem, I allow it to incubate in my imagination; my mental plow continues to turn over new or fresh ideas. But will it become a great story? I hope so. For the next year or two, I’m planning to write a few short stories. I’ve almost finished the first one and plan to go public later this year. The story takes place during the Civil War, and I hope you will like the surprising twists I placed in the plot.
Thank you also for following this blog. I’m still learning the ropes of blogging, refining my topics and trying new things. It’s not my intention to use the blog primarily as a way to advertise my book and future books. I’m simply trying to bring God glory as I blog about my passions and bring you some useful information. Well, I hope it’s useful. And I pray it will bring others closer to God and encourage a better appreciation for His creation. Feel free to leave comments or use the contact button to give me your feedback—topics you would like to hear about or something you would like to learn. If you are interested in learning more about writing or self-publishing, I’d love to share what I’ve discovered up to this point.
As a way of showing my gratitude, I will be doing another giveaway, so please be watching the next few posts for the details.