The Hidden Soul is turning one!!
Exactly one year ago, on April 26, 2016, I clicked onto the Amazon page for the first time, and saw my book for sale. For all the words that have ever poured out of my brain onto paper, I don't think I'll ever be able to describe that feeling that came over me as I saw the work I had poured my soul into for sale on the internet.
After that, a new chapter in my life began. Not only did that one book lead to two others in the series, but I began to get feedback, reviews, and emails from readers describing what the book had done for them. How it had made them think differently, how it opened their eyes or even how they felt a renewal in their faith because of those words.
One month before its publication date, I had no work-in-progress. I had let go of the book I'd been writing for four years, and asked God to show me what He wanted me to do next.
The Hidden Soul was the answer to that prayer.
After years of believing I could never finish a manuscript, in a whirlwind of one month I was published and gaining readers. It was exhilarating, more than I ever could have imagined. My name was known, and my words were being read.
But despite how grand it felt to have a taste of being known, a feeling like that is always fleeting. It faded faster than it had come, even after I published the two books following The Hidden Soul. Because fame, however small it may be, is a hollow thing. It doesn't last.
But what did last? And what has lasted for one whole year so far?
Those words. Those 18k words that make up The Hidden Soul. Those sentences and paragraphs and chapters, none of which I can take credit for. That story, which weaves the fictional story of Marcus into the true story of Christ in a way that we can relate to.
The most powerful words from a reader I have ever received was that of a reviewer who said they related to Marcus. They said they felt as if they were him, because we all killed Jesus. Our sin was the reason He went to the cross, and our hands may as well have been the ones to drive the nails.
In The Hidden Soul, it shows the story through those eyes, the metaphorical POV of all of us, as we read what it must have felt like to crucify Christ. But the story doesn't end there, because the true story continues after that. Writing and describing the resurrection was one of the most thrilling things I have ever done. It was like being there, something I never thought would be possible to say.
The Hidden Soul changed my life, so it's a big celebration for me today (even more than my 20th birthday two days ago). So to celebrate, I'm holding a massive giveaway (well, the biggest one that's ever been on F4HG!). Make sure you enter:
The Hidden Soul Anniversary Giveaway
2 copies of the complete Roman Soul Series (Kindle format - one for you and one for a friend!)
A $10 Amazon gift card (e-gift card)
And if you are a writer, your choice of 1 of the following:
1. Featured post on F4HG with an author interview and links to your works
2. One of the 2 F4HG Realistic fiction plot courses (character or plot). This course was based on the writing process behind the Hidden Soul.
To enter: Fill out this form, including your email address! Contest ends 5/10/17, and the winners will be announced then!
Click Here to fillout the contest form!