A Chain of Flames is about how different people – some on the front of society and some on the fringe – are able to find their way to something greater . . . despite their disasters, their difficulties or their levels of malcontent.
Eli Rathebohn is a wounded, lost soul. He’s not really living, he merely exists. Just one heartbeat away from ending his life, Eli decides that he’s not going down alone. He’s determined to take an innocent man with him.
Johnny James is a civil servant—just a modest police Chaplain in a mid-sized southwest town. He has no idea that his simple life is about to change so drastically, that he is about to be tossed so deeply into the fray.
Denise Grayhorn, the daughter of an influential tribal leader, may have just ended her own career as a television news anchor. In a last-ditch effort to redeem herself she accepts a meager assignment. But no one knew that her penance would turn into the most sensational news event of the year.
Jared Suina has been raised on a Pueblo in New Mexico. Young and educated, he finds himself caught between his heritage and a yearning for something more. Will he find what he’s searching for? Does it even exist? In the center of two worlds, Jared gains more than he could ever have imagined.
Together these people will come to realize that life is not a single footpath, but a broad interchange. Where souls are linked and mingled, as in a chain of flames.
The author weaves together the lives of his characters in a meaningful way that illustrates the untapped power of faith, redemption, and love. A Chain of Flames shows us how the seemingly small things in life can become grand adventures. If not for ourselves, then for others.
Targeted Age Group:: Appropriate for all ages
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I have often been struck by the level of disinterest that we sometimes tend to assign to others that we meet within the context of our day. When it is, really, those interactions that can actually shape the future outcomes of our time spent on this Earth, in this reality. Especially now- during this time of 'masked' anonymity so prevalent during the covid-19 pandemic. Interaction matters. People matter. Connections matter. So I wrote A Chain of Flames to show how seemingly disparate people can – and do – make an impact on one another. Because, like it or not, we are all linked and mingled through soulful interactions. Like a chain of flames.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I came up with my characters by observing people that I came into contact with at various time of my life and then mixing their traits, their personage, and their 'spark' until it was something unrecognizable from the original but very developed as a book character. It was important for me, as a writer, to assess diligently what it must have taken in the lives of those people to get them to where they are in life. I think that good character development begins this being a keen observer of people, but then letting the muse rearrange what you've learned.
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