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Monday, December 2, 2013

Writing a Book

I've been working on this particular project for 3 years!  My first book!  I started brainstorming in 2010 after reading a news article about Pluto changing colors - the book is not about Pluto, space or colors - but that article kick-started my imagination!

It's been a great process - brainstorming, outlining, developing characters and plot, revising, making revisions, editing, formatting, proofreading, designing the cover and publishing. 

I wrote this book because:

1. I have a God-given need to express myself though creativity.

2. Personally, I am always looking for Christian fiction to read.  I want to make a deliberate choice to fill my mind with certain things:

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:8

From experience, I can say - the things I allow into my mind make a difference in my everyday life.  If I'm listening to Christian radio or reading Christian fiction - my life, my choices, my thoughts are more Christ-like. 

3. I want to use the gifts God has given me to glorify Him.

Writing a book ends up being a very personal endeavor and when you let other people enter the world you've created - it's nerve-wracking.  I sent it to my family last August and asked for any feedback.  Later that day, my sister Jordan wrote:
"I'm halfway though it!  It's so good!!  What an inspirational quest!!  You have to write sequels,  I love all the characters!!"
 (her response made me cry, in a good way)

Several times through the process, I got tired of writing and thinking and editing and I just quit for  a few months, but I wanted to finish!  (Just like last summer when I walked my first 5k - VERY slowly.  I had huge blisters on my feet and it was pretty excruciating, but I didn't want to stop or take a shortcut - I wanted to finish!)  So I pressed on with my book and it was VERY rewarding to get it finalized and see it on my Kindle.  If you're in the midst of a difficult creative project - I encourage you to press on! 

My book,  The Missing Part, is for sale on Amazon.com in eBook format.  If you decide to read it book, I would love to hear your thoughts!

Legend states that the Lacunan people were created with a missing part and each year, the tribe sends all Eleventh Years on a Quest to find the missing part.

Deep in the Amazon jungle, eleven year old Xander is set to begin The Quest, but Xander has more riding on The Quest than any other. The one who solves the quest opens the door to eternal life…and Xander’s father is dying.

Xander observes the awe-inspiring nature around him as he searches in vain for the missing part. He begins to wonder about the creator of the Earth and then has a miraculous encounter with the Creator.

Xander’s newfound faith is tested when he returns to the tribe to find a new Chief - one aligned with demonic forces.

The Missing Part culminates with a spiritual battle of epic proportions.

Q:  Can you still read the book if you don't have a Kindle?
A:  Yes!  Amazon offers a free Kindle app for most PCs and devices.

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