When my firstborn was a baby, I heard about a thing called NaNoWriMo: National Novel Writing Month, a challenge to write a 50,000 word story in one month. Claudia was a breezy, angelic baby who napped a lot–so I had plenty of time on my hands.
Still, it was daunting. What to write about? How to begin? How do you outline such a big undertaking?
Simple: you steal the story. Well, not steal. More like borrow.
Our pastor had been preaching through Acts*, and I had been struck by the mention of Barnabas selling his field (Acts 4:37). I kept mulling it over in my mind, and then Barnabas came up more as the sermon series went on.
So, I built a world and a story and characters around Barnabas and Paul. Some had happy endings, some sad storylines. But I endeavored to honor Christ through the whole story.
I rushed to make it available on Amazon, way back in 2010. Then, when it didn’t receive instant sales records and acclaim, I took it back down. I figured if I wasn’t a big deal, then there was no point.
When I published The Wardrobe Fast, a friend found out about that novel and was curious, so I lent her the copy from my shelf. She said this:
It’s not the world’s greatest novel, but it’s a solid story (I’m a born salesman, if you’re wondering). It’s a Christ-honoring story, and there’s no reason to hide it under a rock–even if I never become “a big deal” because of it.
If biblical or historical fiction is your thing, you can click here to check it out. I may even record it as an audiobook. You know, in my spare time…
*We spent a year in Acts. Then we moved to Little Rock, where we got another year in Acts (or at least part of that series)…apparently it was very important for us to hear. 😉