I am pleased to tell you that I have finished the first draft of On the Wings of Faith, Book Five in the Beyond the Blue Horizon series. This book took nearly a year to write since I had to deal with my own diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer last spring through the fall, and my father underwent a number of medical crises resulting in his death in late January. I anticipate subsequent books won’t take as long, maybe more like three months. Book Five should appear early in 2017. Thanks for all your interest, encouragement and insights into plot and character. And just FYI, the word count stands at 81,115–for now. I took a week off and now it’s time to revise.
In other writing news, I’m about halfway through my retelling of the story told in Beyond the Blue Horizon from the protagonist’s (Otto Kerchner’s ) sister’s (Mata’s) point of view. It will be called Mata’s Story, and should run about 40,000 words, which is a short novel.
I’m also investigating the possibility to turning Otto’s story into a children’s book. Stay tuned!
And there’s one more project I’m contemplating, and that is a novel about a Confederate prisoner of war who plays baseball with his comrades against their guards. this book is going to take a whole lot of research. So far, I’ve learned that the sides played ball for about eighteen months and then quit because the conditions in the camps were too terrible to even think about a game. I plan to base the main character on an ancestor who was in the Georgia militia. I’ll have to find out if he was anywhere near Manassas for either of those battles.
I look forward to completing these projects and sharing them with you. Hold on!
Yep, this is what it looks like.