A journey starts with a single step.
The thing I’ve always loved in a book is when it plunges me into a setting I couldn’t visit any other way. Perhaps that started with the wintry forests of Narnia or the rugged landscapes of Middle Earth—I don’t know. But I always knew the kind of book I wanted to write was one that would take a reader on a journey. Beckon them through the wardrobe door and plunge them into a world where the stakes are high and the settings exotic.
I hope I’ve accomplished that with my debut novel, The Plum Blooms in Winter, which releases (at last!) this December 1.
“The Plum Blooms In Winter proves a taut, crisp, debut achievement that colorfully evokes the Pacific theater of WWII. Start this one forewarned: it’s a stay-up-all-night read.”
– Jerry B. Jenkins, 21-Time New York Times bestselling author (Left Behind, et al)
But I’ve also come to realize we’re all living a vast adventure story entitled The Last Days.
God is doing amazing things, now, in our day, that should push us to the edge of our seats. And every believer plays a critical role right at the front lines of faith.
Our real-life adventure plays out in exotic settings around the world. It features plenty of opposition and drama. There are giants in the land, as evil as the one David confronted.
That’s why my blog is entitled Five Stones and a Sling. I’m inviting readers on a journey to places where following Him gets hard. Taking on the giants of complacency and political correctness, and publicizing stories of believers who get reckless with their faith.
As for my novels, I won’t kid you. The books I feel compelled to write—the stories that have grabbed me and won’t let go—are no light read. My characters are flawed people facing brutal—and all too real—circumstances. However, in the end they’re also stories of reckless faith and (spoiler alert!) none of it’s too grim for God.
If you’re prepared to join the adventure and confront the realities of living in these perilous times, it’s my goal to see you intrigued, informed and inspired here.