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AN UNEXPECTED RETURN
by T.M. Brown
Welcome, Mike. What takeaway value do you hope your readers receive after reading your book(s)?
Life doesn’t always work out as we intend, but if we will only strive to do what is right and persevere, even if that course leads us into uncomfortable, even seemingly unjust circumstances, God will reveal his providential purpose. Doing right always trumps being right. In both of my books, time-lost Shiloh struggles with inevitable 21st-Century changes and challenges. But one thing remains a constant: selfishness and greed of mankind. The motive remains undeterred even when the methods and means progress with the times.
Ultimately, my stories are parables about real-life choices and consequences that eventually I desire my five grandkids to read as a legacy of love from their Poppy. I figure if I can connect with them, my reading audience certainly will as well.
How do people react when they find out you write?
Since I began writing novels late in life, most of my family and long-time friends scratched their heads and smiled. Some knew me during my three decades in the corporate business world, and others knew me after I went back to school and ultimately seminary. When they heard I decided to write Southern novels, especially mystery/suspense stories many were skeptical. They knew of my inspirational and devotional writing but were curious about my transition into publishing novels with a wide audience appeal. Frankly, so was I. But, I now am convinced that God brings us into uncomfortable places for his purposes. I definitely am not Moses, but I can understand his pushback when asked by God to serve as God’s voice to the people in Egypt. Of course, like Moses, God brought a partner along to help along the way. For me, a phenomenal writing coach and editor. She helped me to grasp the nuances of novel writing to bring my storytelling gift to life. Thanks to Kari Scare (KariLynnScare.com) the naysayers and skeptics became my most ardent supporters to promote my books.
Do you type or write by hand? Computer? Typewriter? Legal pad?
Yes, to the above! I doddle and scrawl out scenes, storylines, and character development ideas in a menagerie of spiral notebooks, legal pads, and even composition books. Armed with my scribbled notes and ideas, then I begin the arduous task of bringing the story to life, scene by scene banging away on my iMac keyboard. Okay, I confess to having progressed beyond the typewriter. Even while typing out my story, I maintain several three-ring binders chock-full of printed out photos, background research, and expanded character and setting profiles, all cluttered with sticky notes and paper-clipped items jutting out in every direction. Thankfully, I progressed to some author-friendly computer programs, such as Scrivner and Evernote too.
Vacation: Beach or Mountains? My wife and I love the beach, but a cabin in the mountains is our first choice.
Y'all or You Guys? Y’all!!!! In fact, all y’all works too. Biscuits or Dinner Roll? Biscuits!!!!
Spring, summer, winter or fall? Summer, but Fall’s a close second.
Laptop or Desktop? Desktop - love my iMac.
Mug or teacup? Mug! A big one.
In this sequel to Sanctuary, A Legacy of Memories (which the author recommends reading first), Theo and Liddy are finally sinking deep roots into their new hometown of Shiloh. Friendships are blossoming as Liddy ponders an offer to become the new art teacher at Shiloh High while Theo sends off his manuscript for Jessie’s Story to be published. Life appears to be settling down, but ominous shadows from the town’s past herald more tragedy lies ahead in little old Shiloh.
“The testament of a man lies not in the magnitude of possessions and property left to his heirs, but the reach of his legacy long after his death.” Theo Phillips
Where can readers find you online?
Where can readers purchase your book (official release date is March 27, 2018)?
Any local or online bookstore.
On March 22-24, 2018, the Kindle eBook edition of both of Mike's books will be FREE on Amazon. Links to grab your free eBook copies on those dates: http://amzn.to/2FQmvo1 for Sanctuary and http://amzn.to/2tR3M7g for Testament. Make a note of these dates and links to get your free copies.
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Mike, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Mike is offering a Kindle eBook version of both Sanctuary, A Legacy of Memories and the new sequel, Testament, An Unexpected Return to one commenter to this blog post.
Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through March 20, 2018 and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.
The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of An Improper Proposal by Davalynn Spencer is Mindy. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.
Till next time … keep on smiling.
My latest book is out – Friendly Persuasion, a novella. Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book and the first chapter here.