From the Author
- I recently bought back the publishing rights. This occurred in 2016, which allowed me to assume all the rights, privileges, and risks of a publisher.
- New knowledge is constantly showing up both in print and digital. I have made extensive use of the internet.
But I also thoroughly enjoyed it because I once again was able to get to know the characters intimately. I love seeing characters come to life. It always adds dimension to a story and makes the story stronger. Like my readers I vicariously live the characters' lives.
The original story took about two years to write,the rewrite took only two or three months. Having control of the entire process including selecting the cover was a delightful experience. In the past I dealt with a publisher, but this time I had complete control of the entire writing process (I self-publish). This allows me much more freedom, within decency, and brings the book alive for the reader!
In this day and age that we live it is helpful to remember our foundations. Although Perished is a novel it is based on real events and people as recorded in the Bible. Part of the motivation for writing Bible based novels is that God wrote the Bible to instruct us. In the process He left room for the rest of the story as imagined by an author to write. I write "the rest of the story" or, put another way, I fill out the muscles, tendons, etc. of the skeleton already existing.
This style of writing has led reviewers to comment that I bring the Bible alive. One reviewer even commented that it helped her in understanding the Bible events and people. Aside from being gratifying to me, such comments also indicate that the novel is a great read for anyone who enjoys biblical stories, especially when enhanced with adventure, intrigue, and action.
One thing my readers can rely upon is that while my imagination will enhance the facts into an enjoyable read I adhere to the facts as related in the Bible. So the story that I write never contradicts the Biblical account. In fact, I base the story on the King James Version Bible which is itself derived from the oldest and most reliable ancient texts (such as the Textus Receptus), although there is a popular and misinformed different view. The newer Bible versions simply aren't reliable enough to be useful to me.
Aside from the Bible, I draw knowledge from books on ancient Israel and, indeed, on the ancient world. These are supplemental and sometimes contradictory so I must view them through the lens of the Bible. It is amazing how this clarifies the facts and draws everything together.
A good example of using resources other than the Bible is the story of the Flood. Using the Biblical story as the skeleton I did my research using a variety of articles on Noah, the Flood, and ancient civilizations that immediately followed the Flood. These resources included, but were not restricted to, Institute for Creation Research and Answers in Genesis plus such books as the Genesis Record. Perusing these resources was very exhausting at times but ultimately very satisfying. As a writer and reader the finished product proved to be highly enjoyable!
I have since written other books, but I think this one will always be my favorite. Partly because it deals with our beginnings, but also because in doing the research I felt a kinship with the characters (in particular Adam). It is also the foundation of the series The World That Was.
Finally, I am confident that readers will enjoy this novel. It is not necessary to even have a Bible or to be religious. If the reader is looking for adventure and action with a dash of romance they will find this book to be a Good Read!