Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Interview with Mystery Thriller Suspense Author John Allen

John Allen was born in Long Beach, CA. An engineer “by education, training, and experience,” he describes himself as “a recovering engineer.”  He left engineering to become the junior partner in Allen & Allen Semiotics Inc., a corporation that his wife, Lynn, launched for their diversified home business. Their projects include designing databases for mid-sized companies. John Allen holds a BS from the United States Air Force Academy, an MS from the University of Southern California, and an MA from the University of California, Riverside.

You can visit his website at

About the Book:

Author John Allen has a theory about the creator of Sherlock Holmes:

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle did not create Holmes. It was Doyle’s wife, Louise Hawkins Conan Doyle, who gave birth to the beloved sleuth.

Allen has put his beliefs to the test, writing and publishing the first of a projected 12-novel series of Holmes mysteries titled BRIMSTONE. His detective is Louise Hawkins Conan Doyle, and Allen names her as the author of the tale he presents, set in 1879 Bristol, England.

In a previous book, SHADOW WOMAN, Allen set out to prove that Louise was the true creator of Sherlock Holmes. The inspiration for his startling and controversial theory of authorship was a 1980s essay by Martin Gardner called “The Irrelevance of Arthur Conan Doyle.” Gardner claimed that Arthur was “too gullible and to easily duped to have created Sherlock Holmes.”

Allen determined that Gardner was correct, but Gardner identified no alternative author. Allen continues, “So I decided to give it a try. I came to suspect Louise as the actual author, but I lacked the knowledge and tools to make a solid case.”

Then the Internet came along, giving Allen a valuable research tool. He became convinced that Louise did in fact create Sherlock Holmes. Allen presented his case in SHADOW WOMAN, which was published in 2017. To further advance Louise as Holmes’s creator, to give her the credit he believes she is due, he is now featuring her in a series of mystery novels, the first of which is BRIMSTONE.

As if Allen hadn’t set the bar too high already, he has added a subtext to BRIMSTONE that explores contemporary wrongful convictions through his Victorian thrillers.

BRIMSTONE brims with appeal to multiple audiences, from lovers of detective stories to those interested in justice for the wrongfully convicted. Sherlock Holmes would be proud.


I’d like to know more about you as a person first.  What do you do when you’re not writing?

For money, I design custom database solutions for large companies companies. As an avocation, I work to help free innocent people from their wrongful imprisonment.

When did you start writing?

After my fourth stint as a juror for a criminal case, I became concerned that we are wrongfully imprisoning many people in this country. That prompted me to start writing my Skeptical Juror blog, which became reasonably well known among those concerned about such issues. I then wrote four non-fiction books on wrongful convictions.

After failing to prevent the execution of someone I am convinced was innocent, I fell into a blue funk. I decided to turn my attentions to something less depressing, something that had interested me for a long time. Specifically, I wrote and had published Shadow Woman: The True Creator of Sherlock Holmes (2017). In that book, I present my case that it was Louise Conan Doyle, Arthur's first wife, who created Sherlock Holmes and wrote the early adventures.

My Louise Conan Doyle Mystery Series is a fictional extension of that non-fictional work. Brimstone is the first book in that series.

As a published author, what would you say was the most pivotal point of your writing life?

As part of my investigation into the authorship of the Holmes adventures, I wrote my own stylometric analysis program to help attribute the proper author to various works that Arthur Conan Doyle published under his name. Stylometry analyzes elements of stories to determine who wrote them. When I first ran the program, I was surprised to learn that Louise, Arthur's first wife, wrote the early Holmes adventures and that Jean, Arthur's second wife wrote the later Holmes adventures. Arthur coordinated with Louise on the first Holmes adventure and wrote two short Holmes stories on his own. He also actually wrote most of the non-Holmes works attributed to him, including The Lost World.

Upon reviewing the first results from that stylometric analysis program, I became convinced that my hypothesis was correct. That result provided me sufficient confidence to publish my findings in Shadow Woman and to continue writing about Louise Conan Doyle in a mystery series featuring her.

If you could go anywhere in the world to start writing your next book, where would that be and why?

I would travel to the Isle of Wight off the south coast of mainland England. Brimstone opens and closes with Louise living in Victorian Bristol, England. By the end of Gambit, the second book in the series, Louise ends up living with her mother on the Isle of Wight. At the beginning of Ember, the third book in the series, Louise will still be living on the Isle of Wight. It's a lovely place, and I would be pleased to visit for any number of reasons.

If you had 4 hours of extra time today, what would you do?

I would work on completing Gambit. I'm currently so distracted by my database and wrongful conviction demands that I have been unable to work on Louise for far too long.

Where would you like to set a story that you haven’t done yet?

Though in Ember, the third book in the series, Louise will be living on the Isle of Wight, the mystery will involve one of the first electrified houses in England. That rather stately house will be in some majestic rural area of England that I have yet to select.

Back to your present book, Brimstone, how did you publish it?

Lynn, my wife of 22 years, started our home business, Allen & Allen Semiotics, Inc. I continued my conventional job to maintain a steady income. After she doubled her income for three years straight, she taught me how to design custom databases. I then left my conventional job to assume my role as the junior partner in A&A. When I started writing books, she added publishing to our company's product line. As I developed my writing craft, she developed her publishing craft. Our latest product, Brimstone, is our best work yet. We are quite proud of it.

In writing your book, did you travel anywhere for research?

Though I did not travel in preparation for either Shadow Woman or Brimstone, I did once have the opportunity to visit England. That was certainly educational and enlightening.

My challenge was not just one of location, though. The Louise Conan Doyle Mystery Series is set in Victorian England. To familiarize myself with that time and place, I watched period pieces, read a lot of period books, browsed Victorian era magazines, and referred to lots of old maps.

Why was writing Brimstone so important to you?

The prime directive of any mystery writer is to provide the reader with an intriguing mystery featuring an engaging personality. Beyond that, I hope to that the public will finally recognize Louise for her literary contribution and her brilliance. I also would like the readers to become aware of the problem of wrongful convictions. Each plot in the Louise Conan Doyle Mystery series is based on a real-world wrongful conviction from today's U.S. transported back to Victorian England. In the Author's Note at the end of each book, I explain the relationship.

Where do you get your best ideas and why do you think that is?

My best ideas come while I'm writing. Though I try to plot and plan before I write, the writing seldom proceeds as I plan. The plot and the characters seem to take control of my fingers and cause them to type paragraphs and chapters that surprise even me. These nearly out-of-body writing episodes are my favorite moments in writing.

Any final words?

Brimstone is now available on Amazon in print and Kindle format, and on Barnes and Noble in print and Nook format. We’re working on an Audiobook format as well. And keep an eye out for Gambit, the second book in the series. When you find yourself in the midst of Gambit, assume nothing to be true. Trust no one.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Great American Read Challenge

My aunt was telling me about this show she watched on PBS called the Great American Read. I'm not sure how I missed it but after some discussion with her we both decided we were going to try to get through this list of 100 books. I have made a list of them below and will highlight the ones I have already read. Please feel free to leave a comment if you want to join us, there is no time limit. I would love to have a group of people and be able to talk about some of the favorites. In no particular order:

1984 George Orwell 
A Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole 
A Prayer for Owen Meany John Irving 
A Separate Peace John Knowles 
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Betty Smith 
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Mark Twain 
The Alchemist Paulo Coelho 
Alex Cross Mysteries (series) James Patterson 
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll 
Americanah Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 
And Then There Were None Agatha Christie 
Anne of Green Gables Lucy Maud Montgomery 
Another Country James Baldwin 
Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand 
Beloved Toni Morrison 
Bless Me, Ultima Rudolfo Anaya 
The Book Thief Markus Zusak 
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Junot Díaz 
The Call of the Wild Jack London 
Catch-22 Joseph Heller 
The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger 
Charlotte’s Web E.B. White 
The Chronicles of Narnia (series) C.S. Lewis 
The Clan of the Cave Bear Jean M. Auel 
The Coldest Winter Ever Sister Souljah 
The Color Purple Alice Walker 
The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas 
Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Mark Haddon 
The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown 
Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes 
Doña Bárbára Rómulo Gallegos 
Dune Frank Herbert 
Fifty Shades of Grey (series) E.L. James  (I only read the first one)
Flowers in the Attic V.C. Andrews 
Foundation (series) Isaac Asimov 
Frankenstein Mary Shelley 
A Game of Thrones (series) George R.R. Martin 
Ghost Jason Reynolds 
Gilead Marilynne Robinson 
The Giver Lois Lowry 
The Godfather Mario Puzo 
Gone Girl Gillian Flynn 
Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell 

The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck 
Great Expectations Charles Dickens 
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald 
Gulliver’s Travels Jonathan Swift 
The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood 
Harry Potter (series) J.K. Rowling 
Hatchet (series) Gary Paulsen 
Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad 
The Help Kathryn Stockett 
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams 
The Hunger Games (series) Suzanne Collins 
The Hunt for Red October Tom Clancy 
The Intuitionist Colson Whitehead
Invisible Man Ralph Ellison 
Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë
The Joy Luck Club Amy Tan 
Jurassic Park Michael Crichton 
Left Behind (series) Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins 
The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupéry 
Little Women Louisa May Alcott 
Lonesome Dove Larry McMurtry 
Looking for Alaska John Green 
The Lord of the Rings (series) J.R.R. Tolkien 
The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold 
The Martian Andy Weir
Memoirs of a Geisha Arthur Golden 
Mind Invaders Dave Hunt 
Moby-Dick Herman Melville 
The Notebook Nicholas Sparks 
One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel García Márquez 
Outlander (series) Diana Gabaldon 
The Outsiders S.E. Hinton 
The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde 
The Pilgrim’s Progress John Bunyan 
The Pillars of the Earth Ken Follett 
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen 
Ready Player One Ernest Cline 
Rebecca Daphne du Maurier 
The Shack William P. Young 
Siddhartha Hermann Hesse 
The Sirens of Titan Kurt Vonnegut
The Stand Stephen King 
The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway 
Swan Song Robert R. McCammon 
Tales of the City (series) Armistead Maupin 
Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neale Hurston 
Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe 
This Present Darkness Frank E. Peretti 
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee 
The Twilight Saga (series) Stephenie Meyer 
War and Peace Leo Tolstoy 
Watchers Dean Koontz 
The Wheel of Time (series) Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson 
Where the Red Fern Grows Wilson Rawls 
White Teeth Zadie Smith 
Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë 
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Monday, July 9, 2018

New Christian Living Book! Prayer, Marriage and the Leadership Roles of the Husband and Wife by Bishop Ken Giles and Pastor Sheila Giles

PRAYER, MARRIAGE AND THE LEADERSHIP ROLES OF THE HUSBAND AND WIFE by Bishop Ken Giles and Pastor Sheila Giles, Christian Living, 98 pp., $19.95 (paperback)

Author: Bishop Ken Giles & Pastor Sheila Giles
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 98
Genre: Christian Living

Marriage is an institution established by God. God ordains a man and a woman to be husband and wife to fulfill his purpose of expanding His likeness and kingdom through their rule and dominion over His creation. Within the institution of marriage, the man is responsible for carrying out and communicating God’s vision.  The woman enables, strengthens and encourages her husband to carry out God’s vision for himself, the marriage and family. The husband and wife become one flesh. No other human relationship, including that of parents and children, is to have priority or greater importance than that of the husband and wife to one another. The Leadership roles of the husband and wife are paramount to God’s plan of blessings in the marriage, family, generations and broader society. Therefore, obedience to God and His word establishes God’s order and facilitates the proper working and functioning of the marriage and family. Thus, establishing the peace, joy and increase the Lord has purposed in and through the marriage and family.



Chapter 1
Lack of Prayer Invites Sin in the Marriage
Alack of prayer in the marriage invites sin (disobedience to God’s word and will) in the marriage. When there is sin in the marriage it creates conflict, contention, disorder, obstacles and barriers that otherwise would not exist. The marriage, on the other hand, that exist in obedience to God’s word will obtain benefits and blessings which are derived from prayer and the study of His word (Seeking and Knowing God and His will). It is absolutely paramount for prayer to be in a marriage just as it is paramount for prayer to be in an individual’s life. Keep in mind Genesis 2:23 reveals that the two become one flesh. Therefore, the marriage represents one person that is to go before the Lord in prayer. So be it an individual or two that have become one individual (via marriage), a lack of prayer invites sin in the marriage or an individuals life as a result of not having or failing to obtain God’s input (guidance/direction) in their lives. We can look to Genesis 3:1-5 which reads as follows: “Now the serpent more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And, he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, 'You shall not eat from any tree of the garden'?" The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, lest you die'.” The serpent said to the woman, “You surely shall not die! “For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” From this scripture, verses one through five sets the stage for ultimately what happens in verse six. In verses one through five Eve makes the mistake of walking in the counsel of the ungodly (Psalm 1:1 and 6). However, in Genesis 3:6, the ultimate mistake was obeying the counsel of Satan over the counsel of God. (Romans 6:16). Any counsel, advice or thoughts that are contrary to the word and will of God is automatically to be identified as the counsel of Satan. Many times in our society, we obtain information and ideas via family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, television and radio or even the Internet, but we need to be mindful of the fact that there is a way which “seemeth” right to a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death (Proverbs 14:12). Therefore, it behooves us to always consult God via His word and through prayer if we are not certain what His will is for our lives at any given time and in any given area or situation. This is wise to do because God is our Maker and Creator and only wills and desires the very best for us. Even when it may be something that is painful to us or something we do not understand.
It is obvious that Eve did not pray before making her decision to eat from the forbidden tree and just as obvious that Adam and Eve failed to pray together prior to making the decision jointly to partake of the forbidden tree as a married couple (Genesis 3:6). If consistent and continuous prayer (Praying without ceasing - I Thessalonians 5:17) would have been undertaken by Adam and Eve individually and/or as a married couple sin would not have had the opportunity to enter their lives individually or their marriage and ultimately their family. The sin Satan purposed to plant in their individual lives, marriage and family would have been shut out of their paradise (place of peace, joy and plenty). However, because they failed to pray individually or jointly, the door for sin to enter was left wide open. All that remained was for Eve and ultimately Adam and Eve to do was to operate based on what they thought and how they felt. It should be noted here that everyone has an opinion, but the only one that matters is God’s opinion (I Kings 18:21). His thoughts are not our thoughts and His ways are not our way (Isaiah 55:8-9).

Bishop Ken Giles began full-time ministry in 1993 as an inner-city Missions Leader in Dallas, Texas, while at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship under Dr. Tony Evans. He later served there as Assistant Executive Director of their nonprofit corporation. In 1998, he returned to his hometown of Beaumont, Texas, and served as Pastor of Outreach at Cathedral of Faith Baptist Church and Executive Director of their nonprofit corporation. In 2000, Lincoln Bible Church was planted in the Beaumont/Port Arthur area and is now located in the Greater Houston Texas area where Bishop Ken Giles and his wife, Pastor Sheila Giles provide servant leadership. Bishop Giles has a Master of Education Administration from Prairie View A&M University and a Master of Theology from Southeast Texas Theological Seminary. 




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Scornful Scones Book Blast & Giveaway! @macozymystery #bookblast

SCORNFUL SCONES by Mildred Abbott, Cozy Mystery, 300 pp., $8.99 (paperback) $.99 (kindle)

Author: Mildred Abbott
Publisher: Wings of Ink Publications, LLC
Pages: 300
Genre: Cozy Mystery

With summer approaching, Estes Park is abuzz with flowers, baking, tourists, and… murder.
Tourist season is about to begin, and the lovely weather has Winifred Page and her corgi sidekick, Watson, leaving the comfort of the Cozy Corgi Bookshop and Bakery to reluctantly attend a celebration at the Black Bear Roaster coffee shop. But a chill of uncertainty settles over Fred when a choking death doesn’t seem so accidental—despite the dry, hazardous scones.

As Fred and Police Sergeant Branson Wexler rekindle a possible romance, Fred shares her suspicions. But is she seeing murder at every turn? Learning to trust her gut feelings, Fred risks the ire of the coffee shop owner to investigate not one, but two, deaths.

As suspects and motives abound, old resentments are uncovered, and Fred and Watson build new friendships even as they follow the crumbs to find clues to a killer.




A piercing scream shattered the peaceful ambience of the bookshop. We’d closed the store ten minutes before, and I’d stolen a moment to curl up and read on the Victorian divan. At the sound, I let out a yelp and flung the book from me. Luckily it landed a few feet from the fireplace.
A clatter of claws came from the other room.
I looked over to find Watson scrambling to a standing position as quickly as his little corgi legs would allow. He glared at me as if I was the one who’d disrupted his nap in the sunshine.
Before I could make sense of a scream coming from the bookshop—it had to have come from there, as loud and clear as it had been—there was a pounding above my head followed by a squeal.
Must be. Though I’d never heard my best friend and business partner make such a sound before.
Leaving the book on the floor of the mystery room, I hurried to the main portion of the bookshop and rushed up the stairs to the bakery two at a time, having to hike my pea-green broomstick skirt slightly to keep from tripping.
Nails still clicking on the hardwood floor, despite his slow start, Watson passed me on the staircase and entered the Cozy Corgi bakery a few strides ahead of me.
I found Katie instantly, standing behind the marble-topped bakery counter, and the mystery of the pounding was solved as she clenched her fists over her chest, performed a little jig, and let out another squeal.
Okay, apparently she wasn’t in danger of dying. Although, perhaps she was possessed.
Katie caught me watching, and though a blush rose to her round cheeks, she didn’t seem able to stop from giving another excited jig. With her brown curly hair bouncing around her face, she was like a little kid walking in on a surprise birthday party.
I cast a quick glance around the bakery. Atypically, the randomly arranged antique tables, rustic chairs, and overstuffed couches were unoccupied in front of the wall of windows overlooking the downtown of Estes Park. Oh, right, not that atypical, I had to remind myself; we’d closed the shop in the middle of the day.
“I’d accuse you of trying to scare away the customers, if we had any. I know we’ve been slammed and it’s nice to have a break, but I’m pretty sure people probably heard you on the street.”
“Good!” Katie squealed a third time. She literally seemed like she might be on the verge of a seizure. “I want them all to hear. And after this, we’ll have a whole new definition to the word slammed. We’re going to be so packed they’ll be lining up all the way down the block.” Another squeal.
“Katie.” I crossed the bakery and took her hand over the counter. “You screamed like you just discovered zombies were real, and now you’ve squealed four times.” I cocked an eyebrow at her but wasn’t quite able to hold back the grin. “Who are you and what have you done to my best friend?”
She whipped her hand free, grasped the laptop, and spun it in my direction. “Check this out!”

Other Books in the Series

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Reading the Cozy Corgi series is pretty much all you need to know about Mildred. In real life, she’s obsessed with everything she writes about: Corgis, Books, Cozy Mountain Towns, and Baked Goods.  She’s not obsessed with murder, however. At least not at her own hands (nor paid for… no contract killing here). But since childhood, starting with Nancy Drew, trying to figure out who-dun-it has played a formative role in her personality.  Having Fred and Watson stroll into her mind was a touch of kismet.




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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Book Trailer Feature: Nailed: Resort to Murder II by Avery Daniels @my_averydaniels

About the Book:

Author: Avery Daniels
Publisher: Blazing Sword Publishing, Ltd.
Pages: 284
Genre: Cozy Mystery/Amateur Sleuth

Julienne is snow bound in the middle of the Rocky Mountains with a killer striking at will.
Julienne LaMere gets to attend a Resort Management conference at a prestigious ski resort in the Colorado Mountains. What should be an enjoyable getaway attending workshops by day and shopping and enjoying the resort by night comes to a screeching halt when a loud-mouthed guest is murdered plus the roads and town shut down for an epic blizzard.

In addition to attending the conference, dodging a smitten teen boy, and seeking clues among the gossiping - and increasingly tense - guests, her best friend’s heart has warmed to an unlikely man and may get broken. As if her mind isn’t already fully occupied, Julienne and her new boyfriend Mason are skiing down troubled slopes in their relationship. Will Julienne put the scant clues together and unveil the culprit before a murderer gets away?


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Book Excerpt:

Alpine Sun Resort had touches of the classic white exterior with alpine timber framing and balconies fitted with window boxes for flowers in spring and summer.  Aspens and evergreens surrounded the sides and back where a stream meandered past. The research I’d compiled hadn’t done it justice.  I felt like I’d been transported to a luxury version of a Brothers Grimm fairytale.

To the right of the entrance driveway stood a large snowman around six feet tall sporting a top hat, with a tree branch speared through its head, and a bright blood red scarf around its neck greeted me.  It seemed gruesome to me and a feeling of dread washed over me.
“A slice of Germany.  Feels quaint and cozy, don’t you think?  Hope they have a German hunk available.” Porsche smiled.

“If there’s one on this entire mountain, I’m sure you’ll find him.”  Porsche attracted men with her sense of assurance and she changed boyfriends as often as her nail polish.

“With any luck.”  She winked.  “You know me, I’ll find a diversion.  Don’t worry about me entertaining myself.”

A uniformed valet was opening my car door before I could register his presence.  At the entrance, I turned and drank in the view with a deep breath tinged with the scent of pine.  The snow-draped ski slopes to the one side and the quaint town on the other were idyllic. 
The ominous sky, roiling gunmetal and smoky gray clouds choking out the sun, was the only blemish in the lovely tableau stretched before me.  This storm system was setting up to give us a good dump of powder and the skiers would be thrilled.  I wasn’t too concerned.  The roads were usually the main issue.  Colorado is fortunate to only occasionally experience road closures.

About the Author

Avery Daniels was born and raised in Colorado, graduated from college with a degree in business administration and has worked in fortune 500 companies and Department of Defense her entire life. Her most eventful job was apartment management for 352 units. She still resides in Colorado with two brother black cats as her spirited companions. She volunteers for a cat shelter, enjoys scrapbooking and card making, photography, and painting in watercolor and acrylic. She inherited a love for reading from her mother and grandmother and grew up talking about books at the dinner table.




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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Interview with I.M. Free, author of I Don't Have Time

Title: I Don't Have Time
Author: I.M. Free
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: Biography
Format: Ebook

When she was in her early thirties, the author realized something was guiding her. Suddenly, a whole new world opened up.

She had never considered herself an atheist, but she had always questioned the stories in the Bible as she thought it was impossible for anyone or anything to have so much power.

But through her own experiences, she learned something really does have that much power. She became one of the few people throughout time who began communicating directly with God.
Sometimes when the author awakens, she knows something she didn’t know before she fell asleep. She feels things she wasn’t aware of before. This is how God protects her and prepares her for life.

I Don’t Have Time is the story of how God found the author and how she realized that while some people live as though they won’t face consequences for their actions, they could not be more wrong. Even if they don’t pay the price in this lifetime, they will in the next.


How did you come up with the title of your book?

For many years my life consisted of trying to raise my girls, keep up my home, cook meals, pay bills, attend my daughter’s ball games, and care for several ill family members.  Often I felt I didn’t have time to think about anything beyond my present life. In retrospect, I wish I had chosen a different title.
What is your writing environment like?
When I wrote my manuscript, I was on my enclosed back porch, which is very quiet, peaceful, and private.
What are some of the best tools available today for writers?
My only tool was following my conscience.  For me it was a matter of listening to the voice in my head.
What inspires you to write?
The first time I wrote anything was after the deaths of my sister, and parents.  I wrote in order to release the pain I was feeling. Putting the hurt down on paper helped me to deal with my emotions and get the hurt out of my head.  Not wanting to ever recall those years, I eventually threw it all in the trash.
Did you learn anything while writing this book?
I only wrote when I could feel the Holy Spirit communicating with me.  When the voice stopped, I stopped. The one time I wrote on my own, that night the voice told me that didn’t belong in the book.  The next day I deleted my portion of the writing.
What is your favorite quality about yourself?
 I try to be true to myself.  I want to remain the person I have always been.

I.M. Free nearly gave up on life as a teen living with an alcoholic parent, but at just the right time, a voice saved her life. That voice led her to a close relationship with God,who she now thinks of as her friend and confidant. She wrote this book so that others will find Him.

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