Thursday, January 29, 2009

The results are in . . .

. . . and I am honored that the editors of Writer's Digest have chosen my story as the winner of the Your Story Contest #16.

My short story "The Truth" will appear in the June issue. If you want to read it, get your subscription now. (Or buy the June issue when it comes out.)

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

I've made the cut . . .

In the Writer's Digest Your Story contest.

If you're not familiar with it, each issue gives a writing prompt with which, those who dare, are invited to write a short story or 750 words or less. The editors then pick 5 finalists to be voted on by the readers. The winner's story is then published in the magazine.

I have never entered one of these before and I'm honored to say that my first try has been chosen out of over 700 entries. The voting ends on January 28th. Wish me luck.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Overselling . . .

Marketers always oversell to some extent. Some of it is forgivable. But when it goes so far that it's mis-represents the product, it can be a problem because of the take-away disappointment felt by the customer.

As such, back cover copy on novels usually oversell to some degree. But when it promises lemonade and you get motor oil, well, that can be a problem.

I recently read a novel, which wasn't bad, by the way, that did this. The back cover promised something that was not in the novel. This left me sort of not liking the novel, which actually wasn't bad - it was just mis-represented. I felt a little cheated.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Book Review - Forsaken


Taylor Pasbury, a beautiful former Secret Service agent, has started her own security business. Her first client is Simon Mason, the world’s best know televangelist. Mason has been receiving threats from Muslim extremists and must face the most difficult decision of his life, choose between his love for God and the love of his daughter.

If you look to the left, you'll find in my list of "favorite Christian novels so far", Something That Lasts by James David Jordan. Forsaken is a solid follow up leaning more toward a commercial style than STL.

Though the heroine, Taylor Pasbury, is a familiar type-character - (the beautiful but can handle herself against any would-be rapist type) - Jordan does a really good job of fleshing out the character, giving the why's and how come's to support his choices.

Much like STL, Jordan explores Christian principles and faith issues with layered depth, avoiding the mistake of letting his characters give the easy, pat answers or responses. Life is usually more complicated than fiction. And, there are always consequences.

Forsaken is a well-written and well-paced novel I believe most would enjoy. I also highly-recommend Something That Lasts. To see my review, click here: Something That Lasts - Book Review.