The other day I announced the second place finish of my novel in the Athanatos Ministries Christian Novel Contest. This has brought up two things I need to say.
First, I would like to thank all of my readers, friends, coworkers, and associates via Facebook who have sent their congratulations in the last two days. Most of all I’d like to thank Carol, one of my favorite coworkers, who brought in a very tasty Rhubarb pie to celebrate. That meant a lot to me.
Second, and this goes out to literary agents, publishers, and people with horsepower in the industry (including fellow authors who can put in a good word with their agent or publisher): the book is ready to publish. Below this paragraph you will find a list of plot elements – each of which was present in the Boston bombings and terrorist attacks. You see, these people (Jihadists) are out there and whether they are Chechen or Algerian, the fact is that we will see more of this in the coming years. And if you’re in the industry this is a golden opportunity to grab up an award winning manuscript that’s “ripped from the headlines.” (If I can’t shamelessly promote myself on this blog, whom can I promote?) I’m open to offers.
Here’s a partial list:
Foreign born but naturalized citizen at the heart of the terrorist cell.
Terrorist cell “blends in” in large metropolitan area without detection.
Police officer murdered because he was at the wrong place at the wrong time.
Hand crafted explosive devices.
Isolation of terrorists using technical means.
Hmmmm. Seems almost like I’ve some vague idea of how these things work, eh?
So, send me an email or a comment if you have the juice to get this thing into print. There’s actually a plot and dialogue and stuff that goes with the bullet points. Heck, I even took a picture that makes great cover art!
Best of all? Many more points of similarity in the novel. And it was written long before Boston. Get ready world, more to come.
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