Writing Projects

What’s going on now?

Sometimes God changes our plans unexpectedly, does He?  My current project is not a book called, A Quiet Confidence.  AQC, as I call it, is now safely on a back burner. Other things have moved to the forefront.

One of those things is the fact that my agent retired. That led me to search for a new agent. I’m pleased to announce that I am now with the Leslie H. Stobbe Agency. I’ve just sent him a proposal and first four chapters of my novel, As Snow Before a Summer Sun. My hope is that he can find a home for this one–as well as the next two books in the series.

Now I’m engaged in a new project, not AQC, as I thought it would be. I’m currently 1 1/2 chapters from the end of the book, still reading and researching the subject, still thinking about how to make it better. This new baby is going to be a huge project, so I certainly ask for your prayers as I finish it. At this point, I’m calling it, SALVATION: Reflections on God’s Saving Work.

I’ve shared before, I believe, that fiction just pours out of my mind and onto the screen. Yes, it’s work but not compared to writing nonfiction. When writing Christian nonfiction, every single word takes on such a heavy responsibility–writing an entire book where nothing can be misinterpreted, where the text is clear and concise, and where you apply sound biblical principles to everything you write. I might spend 30 minutes deciding whether “on” or “in” would be the right word. And this work is a departure from my ministry of comforting the hurting. Instead, it takes a good, long, hard look at the comparisons between the Doctrines of Grace and Arminianism, using scripture to make the case, so to speak. It seeks to illustrate the Doctrines of Grace through the roles of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit in the work of salvation.

I haven’t given myself a firm deadline yet, but I’m hoping I can get it done by summer, 2017. I keep reminding myself that you eat an elephant one bite at a time.

In the meantime, my new agent will continue to look for the right publisher for my novel, the first in what I’m calling, The Cordelia Chronicles. Book one, As Snow Before a Summer Sun, is about Cordelia Lawson, the wife of a captain on a frontier fort in 1868. Drama and intrigue follow her wherever she goes as one of the only Indian sympathizers in a world with an unspoken policy of extermination. General George Custer is one of the primary characters in this historically accurate tale and adds his own brand of spice to the swirling plots as Cordelia makes her way through the foreign world of post Civil War military life, the traditions of the Cheyenne, and Cordelia’s own love story with her husband, Robert.

Book two of the series, Long Journey Home, picks up where the first novel ends.  It’s written but still needs a final tweaking.

Book three of the series, Coming Full Circle, is about 60% written. I need to finish writing it so that the editing process can begin.

I’m excited about the possibility of publishing this trilogy.  These characters are so alive to me and I feel an urgency to introduce them to others.  That’s why I’m praying that the Lord will lead Mr. Stobbe to the right publishing house, at the right time to publish the first one–in hopes that a 3-book deal might be possible. Until then, I’m content to wait for His perfect plan while I work on these other projects.

When I finish this series and the new SALVATION book, I do plan to complete AQC, as well as the other three or four projects rattling around in my brain and keeping me awake at night.

A Quiet Confidence is a book for Christians fighting their tendency to worry. It takes 12 of the most comforting passages in the Bible, and through them reminds people of the goodness of God, His faithfulness, His lovingkindness and His sovereignty over all things. This book is designed to serve the reader as a calming, soothing breath of fresh air, in which they find room to breathe again, unencumbered by the weight of sometimes paralyzing fear and worry.

 

Other Developments

I have just returned from an excellent writers conference in Spartanburg, SC. God orchestrated the workshops I attended and I am returning home greatly encouraged and motivated, remembering that I’m not writing to further my writing career, but to write for Him–to put in writing the message He has given me to proclaim.

A quick shout-out to Jim Holmes for his efforts to redesign my website and bring it into this decade.  Let me encourage you to reach out to him if you have similar needs.   www.greatwriting.org