About Me


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I spend an average of 300 hours researching for my historical novels.

I began writing at age ten, and was “published” that same year in our local newspaper.  Poetry.  I remember writing a poem about every chapter in Revelation. I think I was 12 then, and have no idea what happened to my scribblings.

Being cold natured, I moved from the north to Arizona where I do not have to shovel sunshine. I bask in 100-degree weather along with my palm trees, cacti, and a computer with most of the letters worn off.

With a bachelor’s degree in English, Bible and social science from Harding University and part of a master’s degree in Bible, including Greek, from the Harding Graduate School of Theology, I also have a master’s degree in management and human relations from Abilene University. 

My newspaper column appeared for several years in newspapers in Texas and North Carolina ~ Little Known Facts About the Bible ~ and I have written for numerous Christian publications.  

I spend half my day writing, and the other half teaching English over the internet worldwide using the Bible as textbook.  I have taught over 6000 Muslims through World English Institute.  Students I have converted to Christianity are in hiding in Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Uzbekistan, Somalia, Sieara Leone, Tajikistan, Jordan, Pakistan, and Palestine.  They are my heroes.

I am a member of Christian Writers of the West, Historical Novel Society, American Christian Fiction Writers, Phoenix Screen Writers Asan, the Phoenix Film Foundation, and am also an energetic public speaker.

For the past ten years, I have been sending out an inspirational scripture thought every morning to around 30,000 people.  If you are interested in any of my books, I have both US and worldwide “buy now” buttons for your convenience.  If there is something you would like a book written about, let me know.

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 JUST WHAT IS A BIBLICAL HISTORICAL NOVEL? 

           It definitely is not adding to the Bible. That would be sacrilegious and disloyal to God who told us just exactly what he wanted us to know. I have too much respect for the Bible.

          A biblical historical novel is a COMMENTARY IN NARRATIVE FORM.  I spend an average of 300 hours researching for each novel I write.

          What I do is give A POSSIBLE PREVIOUS LIFE to the Bible character that might have caused him to do and say what the Bible says he did and said. All my novels begin in the character’s youth, sometimes even their childhood. I sometimes go on to what their life might have been like after we meet them in the Bible.  Occasionally, I add what their attitudes may have been at their death as a result of their earlier encounter with God.

          (By far the most difficult death scene I ever wrote was in Stephen: Unlikely Martyr and comprehending what Stephen’s thoughts may have been as a young deacon, possibly 29 years old, leaving behind a wife and small children. I struggled with that and walked the floor for two days before writing it.)

1.  Yes, in some ways I play PSYCHOLOGIST. I try to convey how the character possibly grew spiritually through the years before the events we read of in the Bible.

2.  I also play SOCIOLOGIST. I research each city the character lived in or even traveled through, along with the ancient highways that existed then. I learn the languages spoken, the street layout (from archaeological digs), who the magistrates were then, how they dressed, what they ate, what form of transportation they used, what other religions were prevalent there, who the country’s king was, what wars were they involved in at the time, etc.

3.  I play LINGUIST. As I study deeply into the Bible account, I look up major words in the original Hebrew or Greek. Translators do not have the luxury of doing more than giving a single English word. If they gave a phrase for each word translated, the Bible would be zillions of pages long and we’d have to carry it in a wheelbarrow. For example, when the Bible says the soldiers took Jesus up the hill of Golgotha, the word “took” in Greek is to carry like a bowl.

          I try to both educate and entertain.

 

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10 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Charles

    I was not aware that you were located in Casa Grande and with the church on Racine. My friends, Vance and Wynona Garrett, there date back a number of years.t has been I have visited there several times and preached there on 2 or three occasions. It has been 3 or4 years ago that I spoke for Vance’s memorial service. He was one of my dearest friends.
    I was happy to find your website. Last fall I moved from North Valley Church of Christ in Cave Creek to Nacogdoches, Texas. I am looking forward to reading your poems and exploring some of your extensive work that I viewed in your web page. Charles R. Milner, crmilner@aol.com

    1. Life seems full of coincidences. I was widowed last November. Since then, Wynona and I sit together at church. She lost her daughter Linda suddenly a couple weeks ago. It was a real shock, and Wynona is coping the best she can. She is a real gem. Yes, we all miss Vance. I hope my writings will be an encouragement to you and yours.

  2. Dear beloved brother,
    greetings to you in the name of tne lord jesus christ. Brother, I received your mail and felt happy.yes brother we are praying for your work at .i want to share about my work.here in andhra pradesh i am doing our god’s work at coastal area.but we want your prayers and help for my work brother.so please take up my work and do fellowship with me in god’s work.we are praying for your work.you also please pray for my work. convey my best wishes to all.
    In christ,
    u.vijay kumar

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