For as long as I can remember I have loved to read and write. Growing up in a very rural setting there weren’t really a lot of visible writing jobs around, although I did entertain the idea of being a journalist (very briefly). Part of me always felt that I would write a book, but that would be a hobby not an actual job. Teacher…now that was a real job. (FYI, both my parents are/were teachers)
It took a long time for me to walk the journey that ultimately brought me to a place where I could do something I never actually believed possible, writing for a living. And I now have the blessed luxury of only writing things that I believe in or feel strongly about. It’s funny how God can plant a seed in your heart and nurture it slowly until it’s the right time for it to break free and grow.
Not only have I been blessed to work in comics for the last five years, I have had the opportunity to write some of the industry’s most iconic characters, including Wonder Woman, Catwoman, and Conan the Barbarian. I’ve also had a successful 17 issue run with my own character. But right at the beginning, when I first started writing comics, God put an idea into my heart for a story and after more than a year of work and prayer and re-writes, that story is about to be completed.
Long before I typed my first word, I knew that I was going to do a graphic novel about The Book of Ruth. After I had completed the first chapter I put out the call for an artist on Facebook. I figured if I had to pay an artist, then I would have to keep working on the book. Both David and I knew the look we wanted for the book, but after the first day’s submissions I wasn’t feeling particularly hopefully. I went to bed that night and just put it before the Lord. “Father you put it in my heart to do this book. I ask that you help me to find the right artist for it.” The next morning I came downstairs, looked at my Facebook and there he was…Colin Dyer…the answer to my prayer.
If God calls you to do something, you have to know that he will always make a way for that to happen, even if you hit some rough spots. I struggled mightily writing the final chapter of Ruth, making sure that it was true to the intention of the original and wrapping up the extras that I put in. But I just kept on praying and in the end, I’m pleased with how it turned out. My next hurdle will be getting this project in front of people. It’s easy to let fear get in the way at this point and worry. But I just keep holding on to the knowledge that if God brought me this far, he’s not going to let me down now. I’ll be launching my Kickstarter on November 1st and I would appreciate any and all prayers for its success.
Here’s a look at the cover of my book. I’ll post some other sneak peeks and special exclusives here first.