I want you to tame a wolf with Francis of Assisi, flee from the wrath of the king with Thomas Becket, and feel the horror of impending doom on a ship with John Wesley, and the uncertainty of one’s own salvation with Martin Luther. These people lived not as old dusty book filled with facts, but in the real world full of emotion and color. I only hope that I have conveyed what these brave souls were really like.
Targeted Age Group:
Adults, although it is an easy read
Most books about Francis of Assisi, Thomas Becket, John Wesley, and Martin Luther are either straight nonfiction or they take elaborate poetic license with their subjects. I have tried to be true to the original tale as can be known and when I stray off the path I actually have a small article at the end of each chapter listing what I have changed for the sake of the story. I think this makes it entertaining, yet educational.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
This is a hard business, but it is because it is a great business. I really would be a lot happier writing for a living rather than doing anything else, but so would a lot of other people, and that is what makes it so tough. It is a hard thing to write a good book and it is even harder to get people to buy a good or even a great book. Both take enormous amounts of effort and time.
I just had my new book “would You Do What They Did? Great Christian Leaders From Our Past published by Crosslink. I also write This Week in Christian History, a blog covering an event in history each week. I have also self-published two biographies about Val Kilmer and Robert Downey Junior. I have published over 1,000 articles, short stories and poems in magazines, literary journals and websites. I install accounting software for The Back Office in West Des Moines. I have lived in Des Moines all my life and have degrees from DMACC and Upper Iowa University.
I had been interested in the creative nonfiction arena for a while, and ran across a few stories I thought I could do justice. Unfortunately when the book was accepted for publication I had to cut out some of the stories that had been the inspiration for the book to meet the word count the publisher wanted. telemachus was an example. He was a monk who was stoned to death at the gladiatorial games when he was protesting them. His death caused an end to the games. Not much was really known about him and it wasn’t fleshed out, so I had to cut it, it just wasn’t the best story.