Peter Leavell, a 2007 graduate of Boise State University with a degree in history, was the 2011 winner of Christian Writers Guild’s Operation First Novel contest, and 2013 Christian Retailing’s Best award for First-Time Author. Peter and his family live in Boise, Idaho. For entertainment, he reads historical books, where he finds ideas for new novels. For relaxation, he writes westerns. Whenever he has a chance, he takes his wife and two homeschooled children on crazy but fun research trips. Learn more about Peter’s books, research, and family adventures at www.peterleavell.com.
you have no choice. You must write.
become a published author—is brutal. An impossible dream. Your writing must be
quality. But it’s worth it. How do snatch the public’s disposable income with your story?
have to learn the language.
had to ask her on a date.
was so cute, it made me sweat. As I approached, her cheeks reddened and she
wasn’t planning on it. But…” She let the word drift between us.
hurt and confusion in her eyes. Why would she feel pain? I was the one she turned
understand the dance between men and women is, well, an understatement. I didn’t get the language.
about what I did wrong. Form the words differently. Will you go skating with me? She was my
audience. I wanted her to buy me, aka
spend her life with me. After a year of talking with her, I learned her
strength or masculine looks and wiles to publish a book. It takes practice to learn the art. Yes, there are
hurt feelings and bitterness along the way. Yes, you cry and shout. At times, moments are
sweet and precious. But don’t forget the end goal—a well-written book someone is
willing to pay money to read.
gardens in Des Moines, Iowa. I dropped to a knee and opened a box. Inside was a
Precious Memories figurine, an Eskimo giving his girl a block of ice. I Only Have Ice For You. Attached to the
block was an engagement ring. And I knew the words my audience would respond
to. Will you marry me?
discouraging. The dance between readers and authors is difficult to understand.
You must learn the language. Study the craft of writing, though, because
becoming a published author—much like getting married—is the thrill of a
With Anna a pawn in the corrupt schemes brewing in the nearby Dakota town, Philip is forced to become a reluctant gunslinger. Will Philip’s uncannily trained horses and unsurpassed sharpshooting skills help him free Anna and find out what really happened to his family out there in the wilderness? April 2015