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Timing: The Christian Blogger’s Key to an Effective Book Review

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

I recently received a review from a blogger who reviewed a book I’d published 12 years ago and is out of print.

While it’s wonderful to receive such support from readers and to have such treasured stories revisited, I have suggestion for bloggers who post reviews of my books: focus on the timing.

Bloggers who regularly review books are pressed by the PR people with whom they link to review books in advance of their publication. The aim of this is to generate that all-important whirlwind of initial interest.

This helps new titles to be placed in the minds of readers in those crucial early days. Small privately-owned Christian booksellers limit their shelf-space for fiction titles these days. Which means if a title of mine is to be widely read or even sold, it must garner the attention of buyers in those early weeks.

In order to have a genuine impact, and help your favorite authors, it would be great if your first focus was upon reviewing the most recent titles.

Agree or disagree? I’d love to hear from you in the comments.

P.S. If you’re looking for a book to review, may I suggest The Pilgrim? It releases July 17, 2015, from Franciscan Media.

Is Davis Bunn Biased Against Catholics?

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

The Meeting Place by Janette Oke and Davis BunnAn anonymous reader writes:

I want you to know that I am having to throw away the Song of Acadia series of books that I purchased. It didn’t take too much reading in the first book to see that you hate your fellow Christian brothers and sisters who are Catholic.

I have seen this same cutting sarcasm in other books by other authors and I am perplexed at how one can consider themselves to be Christian yet use the power of the published word to put down other Christians because of differences in beliefs. Is that not a sin in your Bible?

Do not all Christians believe in the One, True, Triune God?  Is there not “Power in the Word”?

Do you think what you are doing is pleasing to the God that we both believe in?  I don’t!
I am 57 years old and I have been a Catholic all my life. I attend Mass every Sunday and then some. I have lived in several states and many cities and have attended many different Catholic churches and not once in those 3,000 to 4,000 Masses has a priest ever spoken in a cutting way towards our fellow Christians. They may speak of our differences but never in an uncharitable way.

When we use the “word,” written or spoken, we bring life or death. To bring death is a sin against the 5th Commandment.

I read the work of many different Christian writers. I often learn good lessons from them as they open my eyes to new things about God. How sad that you emphasize hatred and consider yourself a Christian writer. Just using the word God here or there doesn’t make up for the unkind words.

And, Mr. Bunn, like so many of my fellow Christians who hate Catholics, might I suggest that instead of hating our religion based on bias from those who have educated you to be so, that instead, out of curiosity, you study what we Catholics believe about ourselves from OUR point of view. You will find there is no need to hate us. Of course our enemies speak ill of us. Therefore, what they say is biased. Seek truth.

Dear reader,

While I do understand your sensitivity to the issue, I must tell you that of the 2.5 million readers we have been blessed with for this series, you are the first to form this impression.

My wife, mother, and sister are Catholic. I am writing a series based upon the early church for the largest Catholic publisher in the US.

There are indeed people within the evangelical Protestant community who hold to this bias, I am sorry to say. I am not one of them.

What we tried to do in the Song of Acadia series is demonstrate the extreme tension between two communities in Canada’s early days.

The Turning By Davis BunnMary writes:

I was so blown away by your second devotional for The Turning, “Our Protestant Heritage,” that I haven’t figured out how to react.

I don’t have a Protestant heritage. I have a Catholic heritage. I thought the devotional made it sound like my faith didn’t count. You weren’t talking to me. But, I love Jesus, talk to Him personally, daily; I read the scriptures; I tithe and I listen to God. I felt like your characterization was exclusionary. I don’t understand it.

So I stopped reading the book for a long time. I picked the book back up and finished it on Easter. It was wonderful. But I haven’t figured out how to process this Protestant discussion.

Dear Mary,

I have wanted to address this very issue since completing The Turning and the accompanying devotionals, but I was not sure how. Your email, in truth, is an answer to a prayer. By far the best way to speak about this is in response to a reader.

Let me begin by saying that I am married to a Catholic, a wonderful woman who has taught me more about faith than any person alive. My mother and my sister have both converted to Catholicism. I have recently been asked to write a series for the largest Catholic publisher in the United States.

But this particular book, and the devotional lessons, were written for a conservative US Christian publisher. And the reason why I felt called to write on this subject – the one specific intent above all others – was because far too many evangelical Protestants have lost all touch with the contemplative aspects of our faith and our Christian heritage.

Too often these days, such people see the whole issue of spiritual contemplation as being a “Catholic” concept. And this simply is wrong. It hurts me to hear it referred in this way from the pulpit, because it reflects a “majority opinion” within many churches that just does not jibe with who we are and what has formed a foundation of our Christian heritage from the very beginning.

This devotional is first and foremost aimed at the Protestant believer who (and I mean this quite sincerely), has most likely never had contact with the message of contemplation. In order to break through this barrier, it was necessary to specifically address their incorrect assumption that the discipline of attentiveness is Catholic in nature.

First of all, the majority of lessons that shape Christian contemplation predate what we today refer to as the Catholic church. I suppose the better way to speak of this is by referring to today’s structure as the Roman church, as opposed to the Eastern church or Orthodox church. If you are interested in how this issue specifically relates to the discipline of contemplation, may I suggest you read a truly wonderful book by Phyllis Tickle, former Senior Religion Editor of Publishers Weekly, titled The Age of the Spirit. In any case, the whole concept of Christian contemplation is grounded in the Old Testament and given its first formal shape in the time of persecution during the second and third centuries.

But what is far more vital for today’s Protestant audience, the people who in my opinion need these lessons the most, is that the discipline of attentiveness—what today is referred to in the Catholic community as contemplation—was a vital component of the Protestant movement from the very beginning.

That is why I wrote the second lesson as I did. My intention was never to exclude the Catholics. In later lessons more than half the examples I used in describing life-changing revelations came from Catholic believers.

But there are any number of wonderful texts from Catholic sources, including many contemporary writers, about the wonders of spiritual silence. And yet these are simply not known or discussed in many Protestant churches. It is tragic and unnecessary, in my opinion. Their walk would be richer for including this. Mine certainly has been. And in order to reach these people, I addressed their incorrect assumptions at the starting gate. The founders of the Protestant denominations both practiced contemplative prayer and urged it among their followers.

We should all do so today, and learn to listen better.

Reader Question: Will There Be a Sequel?

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Since I write a fair number of series books, readers often ask me whether there be a sequel. Here are my responses to that question as it pertains to the following titles:

  • Marcus Glenwood series
  • Book of Hours
  • Marc Royce Adventures
  • Heirs of Acadia series

Kent writes:

Will there be another Marcus Glenwood book?

Dear Kent,

At present, Marcus is not expected to re-emerge, but because of the deep bond I still hold with that character, ten years after completing the work, anything is possible.

I know this probably does not satisfy, but just so you’re aware, I have been discussing with a publisher the possibility of doing a book about a woman attorney in central NC.

Betty writes:

I just finished The Book of Hours, and I must know: Is there a sequel? I can’t believe you left me “hanging” with the last paragraph! Surely you finished that great story somewhere.

Dear Betty,

No, Book of Hours was a stand-alone. But for your information, I have recently started work on a new novel that takes me back to the combination of romance, faith, and drama that has sparked such interest in Book of Hours readers. It is so new it has not even received an official title yet.

Strait of HormuzLarry and Linda write:

Strait of Hormuz was unquestionably a winner! BUT, despite the most welcome and imminent availability of The Turning, Linda asked me to urge you to get busy working on the NEXT Marc Royce series! Does that speak volumes?!?

We are both awed by your ability to capture and communicate your incredible imagination in a way that draws us into the hearts and minds of the characters. You have a marvelous gift and are so gracious to be sharing it with us!

Dear Larry,

First of all, I’m delighted that you both enjoyed Strait. But I have to tell you, I have said a firm farewell to Marc and Kitra for the moment. Maybe in the future, who knows, but for now, well…

A study guide to go with The Turning, is available as a free PDF download.

The Night AngelMaralys writes:

I absolutely love the Heirs of Arcadia series. At the end of The Night Angel, there was an excerpt printed for the next book, listed as The Loyal Renegade. I was mystified as I had already purchased Falconer’s Quest. I read the excerpt and was happy it seemed to go on right from the end of The Night Angel. Then I picked up Falconer’s Quest and was disappointed to find it began much later in time. Where can I get a copy of The Loyal Renegade? I can’t find it mentioned on any of your book lists. I am reluctant to begin Falconer’s Quest until I find this missing book to read first.

Dear Maralys,

Your comment is right on target. There was indeed another book intended between Angel and Renegade. But Janette Oke—with whom I wrote the original Acadia series and who retired because of ill health—felt good enough to return to writing, and asked if I would “hurry up and finish” that series, so we could do another. This new project with Janette became the trilogy called Acts of Faith, based upon the last chapters of the Gospels and the first three chapters of Acts. In any case, I “fast-forwarded” through time and encapsulated the drama intended as a separate book into the first three chapters of Loyal Renegade.

I hope you enjoy that final story in the series.

Observant Readers Spot Errors in ‘Great Divide,’ ‘Imposter’ & ‘Night Angel’

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

Thank you, readers, for keeping me on my toes by graciously pointing out flaws in my research. You teach me to much! Here are a few bloopers observant readers picked up on.

John writes:

I read Strait of Hormuz and liked it. That led me to The Great Divide, where again I got swept up in the narrative. However, I found the legal mistakes to be fatal (though I did hang in to the end).

Under American law you cannot add a defendant to an ongoing trial. It would deny that party due process, time to prepare defense, knowledge of previous testimony, etc., etc., ad infinitum. Maybe in China, possibly in Italy where the process is bizarro, but certainly not in the US or UK either.

No federal judge would consider or take up an offer to be a special prosecutor. You don’t give up a lifetime sinecure for a temporary position with less pay. The prestige flows the opposite direction.

Only members of the US Supreme Court are called Justice. Those of lesser federal courts are Judge.

Counsel in trial are not allowed to interrupt closing or opening arguments by objection. That’s the practice and procedure, if not actually the law. You have them continually doing so and the presiding judge overruling. No, she’d be finding that lawyer in contempt of court, after one warning.

You say you consulted with attorneys in NC about legal points. Don’t consult the same ones next time.

Dear John,

Well, sir, this was certainly an eye-opener of an email. And I am indeed grateful for your thorough examination of the text. It’s amazing to me on two counts: First, that you still seemed to enjoy the story despite its evident flaws; and second, that you hung in there to the end.

It is hard to express just how much pleasure I receive from emails like this, where there are avid and emotional bonds forged between my work and intelligent readers like yourself.

One suggestion. I think you might enjoy giving Lion of Babylon a read.

Eric writes:

I just finished reading Imposter and enjoyed the book very much. However, some of the segments about the Air Force had distracting errors. Granted, I would notice more than most because I’m a major in the USAF, but I feel this undermines the authenticity of the story and is easily corrected. I hope this comes off as friendly help rather than criticism.

If it helps, here are some examples of errors in the book (from the Kindle edition):

Loc 4721: The Air Force does not have corporals.

Loc 4784: The description of the VOQ is like nothing I’ve ever stayed in, except when deployed. Usually, they are at least Motel 6 quality.

Loc 4921: The “no-fly rule” you describe is called “quiet hours,” the purpose being to avoid disturbing the surrounding community.

Loc 4987: Again, the Air Force does not have corporals.

Loc 5103: Annie gives Matt a salute, suggesting the uniform she gave him was that of an officer. On Loc 5076, Annie dresses Matt as a loadmaster. But a loadmaster is an enlisted crew member, and they wear flight suits, not fatigues. Similarly, she calls him a flight officer on Loc 5089.

Loc 5141: Matt bought a paper at the PX at Andrews AFB. The Air Force calls them a BX (Base Exchange). The Army calls them a PX (Post Exchange). Both fall under AAFES (Army and Air Force Exchange Service).

I’m not sure how useful this is or whether you can (or want to) update the book. If you ever need someone to review references to the Air Force in the future, I would be willing to help.

Dear Eric,

First of all, please accept my heartfelt thanks for the thorough analysis that you have offered here. Imposter has been out of print now for three years, so the actual changes will need to wait for a re-release. But the corrections are nonetheless much appreciated.

My contacts for Imposter were all within the police and federal law enforcement agencies. I “winged it” (terrible pun) on the USAF side, which basically happened because I didn’t have somebody to run the manuscript by. These issues often arise in such cases, and I apologize for the glitches that interrupted the story’s flow.

The Night AngelPatricia writes:

My husband and I have recently come across your books and have read several and are searching for more. I am presently reading The Night Angel and wanted to make you aware of an error on page 198. The first paragraph on that page is talking about a butter box and how the butter is made by pouring the skimmed cream into the box and pressing out the whey.

Unfortunately, butter is not that simply made. Whey is the liquid pressed out when making cottage cheese. To make butter, you must shake it (or churn it) until the butter particles form and then collect together, pour off the buttermilk, and then, with a large paddle-like spoon, press the butter against the side of the bowl until all the rest of the buttermilk is squeezed out. Then you can form the butter.

I hope this information is of use, although I know it is probable that you have already heard the same information from others of your readers. Again, my husband and I really enjoy your wonderful books, both the adventures (both of us) and the Acadia books (myself).

Dear Patricia,

Thank you and your husband for the very thoughtful email. Yes, this has been noted, and while the correction came in too late to be included in the reprints, it will most certainly be done in any future versions. I actually researched this point, but what I obtained was clearly a shortened version of the full act.

I do hope you and your husband enjoy the remaining stories. Please let me add that the story mentioned at the end of Night Angel was combined with the one that followed, and turned into one final book. Janette felt well enough to come out of retirement, and we wrote the trilogy based upon the first chapters of Acts. I did not have the time to do both, and was uncertain how long she and I had to work together on a project we had been discussing for many years.

Video Interview on Writer’s Talk With Alton Gansky

Monday, February 16th, 2015

I recently had the honor of doing a Skype interview with Alton Gansky, host of Writer’s Talk. You can watch the video on YouTube (below) or download it from iTunes, Stitcher, or Podbean.

We talked about loads of topics, including my use of the pen name “Thomas Locke” for two new series Revell is publishing.

Q&A with Thomas Locke: Does the Idea of an Emissary Parallel Your Own Experience?

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Does the idea of an emissary parallel your own experience

Q: Does the idea of an emissary parallel anything specific to your own experience?

Davis Bunn (aka, Thomas Locke): It absolutely has a personal connection. Emissary is a Latin word that means ambassador.

My wife, Isabella, and I live for part of the year in the UK and the other part in the US. Increasingly, in our ministry efforts outside of writing, she and I are the only Christians in the room. We feel as if we are emissaries to the world.

During the time we live in the US, it’s easy to become insular. It’s a simpler and more comforting existence if our world is restricted to the community of believers who see the world the same way we do. In the US, our friendships and contacts can mostly be centered around fellow Christians.

Both situations feel right. But the direction we’re feeling called is to this community outside our faith community: the general university system, general entertainment, the growing world of nonbelief. In the Creative Writing class I recently taught at Oxford, for example, I had 29 students. Four of them were devout Muslims. If I am going to honor their creative efforts, I have to do it from the standpoint of explaining where I’m coming from, in terms of my own world view. But our differing life experiences and world views cannot color the way that I view the quality of their writing. I have to live out my faith in a way that speaks without words.

This has been a main reason for writing Emissary. I’m trying to reach out and to communicate a sense of hopefulness in a manner that meets my readers where they are.

Q: Have you had any “ah ha” moments in regards to your personal decision to be an emissary?

Emissary by Thomas Locke

Davis Bunn: Isabella and I marked a turning in our own outreach when we were invited by a seminary in Easy Germany to travel there about a week after the Berlin Wall fell. We arrived the day the East German government granted permission for churches to open after they’d been shuttered for 40 years.

We walked to what had been the main cathedral in the city and saw a young man standing in the doorway. He was staring at a poster that showed fields blowing in the wind and had the Bible verse, John 3:16. The young man looked at the words in absolute, complete confusion. He’d never seen them before.

During that moment, my wife and I both got the sense that this type of ministry was where we wanted to be.

More Q&A

Check out more Q&A posts at DavisBunn.com and purchase Emissary at TLocke.com:

Why are you using a pen name?”

How do you hope to encourage EMISSARY readers?

What is “epic fantasy for modern readers”?

Who are your favorite fantasy authors?

Q&A: Are You Going to Stop Writing Inspirational Fiction?

Monday, January 5th, 2015

Are you going to stop writing inspirational fiction

Q: Many of your readers are drawn to the Christian message that permeates your stories. Now that you’re writing under the Thomas Locke pen name, will you stop writing inspirational fiction?

Davis Bunn: My hope and prayer is that I have many new faith-based stories to tell. In fact, several are in the works.

As with C.S. Lewis’s Narnia stories, the books I’m writing under the Thomas Locke pseudonym present a clear moral structure, but the Christian message is far more muted than in my other works.

For details, see my answer to “Why are you using a pen name?”

More Q&A

The discussion continues on my Thomas Locke blog. Check out these posts:

Why is the EMISSARY protagonist named “Hyam”?

How do you hope to encourage EMISSARY readers?

What is “epic fantasy for modern readers”?

Who are your favorite fantasy authors?

Q&A with Thomas Locke: Why are You Using a Pen Name?

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Why are you using a pen name

Why are you using the Thomas Locke pseudonym for your upcoming fantasy novel, Emissary?

Emissary is book 1 in a three-book series called Legends of the Realm. This series and an upcoming techno-thriller series for the mainstream market will carry the Thomas Locke pen name.

When you pick up a Thomas Locke book, do not expect an evangelical story. Instead, these stories harken back to what J.R.R. Tolkien did with The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien was a survivor of the trenches in World War I. When war returned with World War II, the darkness he saw was difficult for him, personally. He felt as if the world had not healed.

In The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, he offered a new concept of lore that acknowledged the grip of war, the darkness people faced that had to be combatted, and the courage that was required.

That is precisely what I am trying to do in the Legends of the Realm series. I’m not putting forth a Christian message for believers. I’m creating a new kind of story that includes the positive aspects that come from our life walk: courage in the face of hardship. Growth. Change. The story is intended to draw in a mainstream audience. I would love for my current readers to be fascinated by this new direction I’m taking. But Emissary is not intended to be another Davis Bunn book.

What is the significance of Thomas Locke?

Thomas is my legal first name, and Thomas Locke was the first of my ancestors to immigrate from Wales to the United States. He was a cabinet maker – a skilled laborer who took a gamble by starting a new life in a distant place.

Thomas Locke’s grandson was Francis Marion, a military officer in the Revolutionary War known as “Swamp Fox.” In the movie, The Patriot, Mel Gibson plays a character loosely based on Francis Marion.

I have always admired the adventuresome spirit of my ancestors, and I hope these new adventure stories will honor the Thomas Locke name.

More Q&A

The discussion continues on my Thomas Locke blog. Check out these posts:

How do you hope to encourage EMISSARY readers?

What is “epic fantasy for modern readers”?

Who are your favorite fantasy authors?

Emissary Reviews

The first reader reviews of Emissary are in! Click here to see what they’re saying.

Introducing the Thomas Locke Brand: Epic Fantasy for Modern Readers

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Emissary by Thomas LockeFriends,

Many of you are aware that January 2015 marks an exciting new direction in my writing career. My upcoming novel, Emissary, is an epic fantasy story for a mainstream audience, and will be published under my pen name, Thomas Locke.

In my next few posts, I’ll answer your questions about why I’m publishing Emissary and the other two books in the Legends of the Realm series, plus another three-book series, as Thomas Locke.

I will also continue to publish many new faith-based novels as Davis Bunn.

The Q&A series will take place here at DavisBunn.com and at my new Thomas Locke blog, http://tlocke.com/blog/.

Other than this introductory post, I’ll be blogging about entirely different topics at TLocke.com, so I hope you’ll subscribe to “News of the Realm” so you can receive my e-newsletter and my latest blog posts.

Click this link to sign up now: http://eepurl.com/5cnH5 (be sure to click “Receive Blog Posts” in the Subscription Options.

I’m also active (as Thomas Locke) on several social networks. Hope you’ll join me!

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Why did you choose to write epic fantasy and technological thrillers for the mainstream market, when many of your recent books have been contemporary suspense for the inspirational market?

For the past several years I have grown increasingly concerned over the all-pervading darkness that nowadays forms the core of both character development and story within the fantasy and science fiction genres.

Last autumn, Publishers Weekly held a global forum on where science fiction and fantasy were headed. A panel that included some of the largest New York publishers and editors in these fields brought several key elements to light. Here are the four points I found of crucial importance.

First, in this last publishing cycle—from January to June 2014—not one book has been released in either fantasy or science fiction that hearkens back to the classical heroic structure of by-gone days.

Second, both of these genres have become redefined by the electronic game industry, which is soon expected to top Hollywood films in terms of both profit and revenue.

Third, the key impact of e-games on both character and story theme was described as “grey-scaling.” This means there is no longer room for either heroes or villains. This is important in e-games because the player is offered the chance to take on every role. None are deemed wrong, or bad. All are equally valid.

Fourth, the classical story structure has been deemed passé. This structure formed the basis for J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, and for C.S. Lewis and the Narnia series, and has its roots in the ancient Greek heroic structure, many of which were told as fantasies.

Do all readers want dark, hopeless stories?

Long before this conference confirmed my growing suspicions, I felt the question these NY publishers overlooked was, “What has happened to the readers of classical fantasy and science fiction? Are readers satisfied with the direction that these publishers have chosen to take?”

I do not disagree with the new direction as a concept. But I fundamentally dispute this mind-set of exclusively focusing on the new, the dark, and the hopeless.

Twenty months ago, I began working on a new project so far removed from anything I had ever done before, I feared there would be no chance of finding a publisher. But the idea ignited me to the point where I needed to follow this creative passion.

Epic fantasy for modern readers

Emissary (book 1 in the Legends of the Realm series) follows the original Greek concept of ‘epic.’ Nowadays the term has been redefined to basically mean nothing more than, long. Originally, an epic tale was one where the principal character sought to achieve a quest. The hero’s journey, both externally and the hero’s need to conquer inner demons, formed vital life-lessons for the audience.

My aim with this fantasy was to fashion an epic that would suit modern tastes. I threw out what has become the standard format for fantasy novels, with their long-winded descriptions and elaborate settings. Instead, I used the sentence structure and pacing of a mystery. It is tight, with what I hope will be seen as a smooth and seamless action-flow that leads to a satisfying crescendo.

This project adheres to the original Greek structure of inherent value, what Hollywood refers to as ‘leave-behind.” In Emissary, the principal character rises from nothing to forge an alliance that has profound and far-reaching impact, simply by accepting the challenge of his own self-worth.

Free eBook Short

Free eBook The Captive

Get a taste of the Legends of the Realm series with The Captive, a free short story excerpted from Emissary. Visit http://tlocke.com/ for handy links your favorite online bookseller.

‘The Patmos Deception’ Book Giveaway Contest Starts Monday

Friday, October 17th, 2014

PatmosPromoAd_1200x1200I’m anticipating the release of The Patmos Deception, the first book in a new contemporary suspense series, on November 1, 2014. I’m teaming up with my publisher, Bethany House Publishers, to give away copies of the book, starting this coming Monday, October 20.

Next week’s giveaway will take place on my Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/davisbunnauthor

Each, day, I’ll give you a different prompt, and you simply like the post or comment on it to enter.

On Monday (starting at 6 a.m. PDT), watch for the picture to the right on my Facebook page, and like it to enter Monday’s giveaway.

I’ll announce each day’s winner after 5 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time, so be sure to check my Facebook page every evening to see if you’re that day’s winner!

Click here for the Official Rules.

Here’s some behind-the-scenes information about The Patmos Deception that I thought you’d enjoy:

Why I write

I came to faith at age twenty-eight, and started writing two weeks later. Up to that point, I had never written anything longer than a business report. I studied international economics and finance at university, and had assumed my life would be focused on business.

But the day I started writing was a turning point on many levels. At that time, I had no idea what the spiritual meaning of ‘gift’ might be. Since then, I have experienced a myriad of lessons through the creative process, and through the sense of spiritual responsibility that has come with it.

I remain so very, very grateful for the chance to write. It was an invitation, on one level. There was no divine command. And yet by recognizing this as an open door, and then walking through it, I allowed the divine plan to unfold in my life.

I wrote for nine years and finished seven books before my first was accepted for publication. During that time, I doubted my abilities and my future on numerous occasions. But I remained utterly certain, then and now, that this was a true divine gift.

The character in The Patmos Deception with whom I identify most

With every book there is one character in particular with whom I identify.

In The Patmos Deception, Carey was by far the easiest to write. But Dimitri was the one who called to me most deeply. I think partly it was due to the life course I was on prior to coming to faith at age 28. I drove a sports car and traveled extensively, skiid in Switzerland and surfed in the Indian Ocean.

There were all sorts of opportunities and darker temptations, and the world would have certainly considered me a success. But deep down, just as with Dimitri, the lonely aching void gnawed at me. I knew there had to be something more.

Preview The Patmos Deception

Start reading the book right now. Click here for free access to chapters 1-3. Please let me know what you think!