An American Family Portrait
In this series of podcast episodes, I take a look BEHIND THE PAGES at the making of the Christian historical fiction classic, An American Family Portrait series. Today’s topic: Why it took me 13 looooonnnnnnggggggg years to get my first book contract.
- Three key moments in my life converged to make me a writer of Christian historical fiction:
- Changing my B.A. major from Bible studies to history
- Having a writers seed planted in my mind while in seminary
- Realizing the power of stories while speaking and preaching
- After meeting Dr. Sherwood Wirt, founding editor of Billy Graham’s Decision magazine, I began attending writers critique groups and conferences.
- The door to Christian fiction opened with the successes of Janette Oake, Frank Peretti, and Brock and Bodie Thoene.
- At Mt. Hermon Writers Conference an editor from Victor Books told me they were looking for someone to write an American history series.
- After submitting a proposal, I was offered a four book contract; after I submitted the first manuscript, the contract was extended to seven books and I began writing full time.
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