That process started way back in October 2004. I had submitted a short story to a writing contest sponsored by World Magazine. It was my first short story I'd ever written and received an Honorable Mention. More importantly, I was contacted shortly thereafter by a group of writers who were starting an online critique group. That group was named Penwrights and many of the contributors here were part of that original writing group: Gina Holmes, Ane Mulligan, Jessica Dotta, Noel DeVries, Kelly Klepfer and Yvonne Anderson. In a lot of ways, The Resurrection would not have been possible without them.
Back then, like now, I was the resident malcontent, asking annoying questions about Christian fiction, thinking too much, and shutting up too little. I had a lot to learn about the craft of writing and the industry, and little intentions to write a novel. But in January 2005 I floated a "big idea"to the Penwrights. About a year later, after many critiques, deletions, and rewrites, I finished the book which is now The Resurrection.
Anyway, I am so very grateful to all those at Novel Journey who have helped me to get here. And I wanted to celebrate my release date by giving away two signed copies of The Resurrection (a synopsis can be found the the Amazon link). The only requirement for participation is that the winners promise to post a brief review of the book (at least 200 words) on both their blog and Amazon. If you'd like a chance to be one of those winners, just leave a comment on this post with your email addy or contact link. I'll select a winner using Random.org.The contest ends at midnight tonight. Thanks again and good luck!