I've had some questions lately from people about my book, so I thought I'd take today to give you a little idea of what it is about. I write Christian Suspense Fiction, and the title of my novel is What Time I Am Afraid. I should note that's the working title. When a publishing house finally offers me a contract, the book could go through several title changes before it actually hits the shelves in a bookstore.
My story starts out with a woman, Jennifer Hamilton, who is on the mission field in Uganda. Just before the story opens, Jennifer's husband is killed in an auto accident, and Jennifer and her three children are stranded in the Ugandan town where they've lived for the last three years. There is a lot of political unrest in the area, and rebels attack the town while Jennifer and her children are in the marketplace. An American man in the marketplace rescues the family and then helps them escape. In the process of trying to get back to the States, Jennifer discovers that her husband was actually an intelligence agent and the missionary life was his cover. Once back in the States, Jennifer not only has to come to terms with the fact of her husband's deception, but she also finds out that the enemy thinks her husband might have passed crucial information on to her before he died. The only way to protect herself and her children is to find the information before they do. A task that might be a lot easier if she had any idea of what she was looking for. And if she knew who to trust with the information once she finds it.
I should mention that this is totally a work of fiction. I set the story in Uganda, obviously, because that's an area of the world with which I am familiar. But it is not based on our lives. My husband is still alive and he is not a member of the international intelligence community. At least, not that he will tell me. : ) On the other hand, we were chased out of Uganda by terrorists, so my experience has helped me with the emotions necessary for some of the scenes I had to write.
One of the reasons for talking about my book is because I want you to be interested enough to read it when it is published. Word of mouth is probably still one of the best forms of marketing out there. In addition, one of the things you can do to help me is to recommend my blog to people you know. I started this blog to get to know people and so that they could get to know me. The idea being that, if they liked what they learned about me here, that would be more incentive for them to want my books.
I'm also thinking about putting the first chapter here on my blog. I'm not sure how many posts that would take. The chapter is six 8-1/2 x 11 pages, double spaced, so I don't think it would be too long. If I did this, it would probably be not this coming week, but the next week, starting April 6th. If you think you'd be interested in reading the first chapter on my blog, let me know. And if you know someone else that would be interested, tell them to tune in as well. I can always use the feedback. What do you say? Sound interesting to you?