Something New

I fell into writing many years ago when I accidentally worked myself out of a job and found myself sitting in my cubicle with nothing to do. My boss at the time was gracious enough to let me fill my free time at the office with some letter-writing, knowing that she could always have the work redone by a real writer if I couldn’t quite cut it. So I poured everything I had onto my keyboard, and I wrote the greatest letters I could. And for the most part, they sucked. But I kept writing, and my letters got better. My stumbles became steps. Letters soon became articles, and articles later became books. Soon, I had an answer to the question, what do you want to be when you grow up?

Up until recently, I’ve limited my writing to non-fiction, and within that realm, to the worlds of theology and the Christian life. These are comfortable spaces for me. I love the Bible, and I enjoy writing about faith. But for a while I’ve been wanting to try something new, to branch out in my craft. As a writer, I’m no longer content to play it safe. Creativity demands more. It’s like a muscle that will atrophy if not exercised. And I’ve been sitting on the couch with Cool Ranch Dorito crumbs on my shirt and the TV remote in my hand for far too long. 

So now I’m committing to the couch-to-5k training equivalent of writing. I’m going to step out where it’s uncomfortable and place one foot in front of the other, no matter how much it hurts or I want to quit. And I’m starting right now.

I’ve written a new book. It’s called Plunge. It’s a story about identity, about the eternal struggle between good and evil, and yes, killer robots from the future. (Actually, they’re autonomous drone soldiers designed to look like you and me.) It’s my first dive into fiction, and I’m pretty excited about it. It’s unlike anything I’ve done before, and …

I need your help.

I’ve entered the manuscript into a contest of sorts, which will put it into the hands of the folks over at Amazon Publishing for their consideration. One of the factors they consider in their publishing decisions is how many nominations a book receives during the thirty-day period of entry.

Please click here, and you’ll be able to read the first 5,000 words or so of my story. If you like what you read and want to read more, please nominate my work. If the book is selected, you’ll receive a free copy for Kindle when it comes out. The more votes, the better, so please share and tweet to spread the word. I would sure appreciate it.

I’d also love to hear what you think of the book so far, so please send me a note and let me know. Thank you for your help!

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