I went to bed late one night. Troubled. I was troubled. I had spent the day working on my first book, The Last Martyr and now it was night – and I was troubled. I was at a road block. I couldn’t figure out how much of the storyline to reveal at the beginning of the book. How many clues should I give? How much info should I provide?
Well, I got up the next morning and I had this devotional email waiting for me….it was an eMail from God (You'll never convince me that He didnt send it!) The title of the email was “It’s a Mystery!”….here’s some of what it said…
It's a Mystery!
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Agatha Christie. Ken Follett. John Grisham. Mickey Spillane. Mary Higgins Clark. Tom Clancy. Robert Ludlum. Ian Fleming.
If you're a reader, you recognize these names as authors of great mystery novels. (If you're not a reader, you've seen some of their novels in movies.) There's a real trick to writing a good mystery novel. You've got to give people enough clues so they aren't totally lost but not reveal too much evidence so they solve the mystery before the story's climax. A master mystery writer controls the "ah-ha" moment.
Isn’t it wonderful how God speaks to us! I was stunned! Amazed! (I immediately added a Prologue to the book!
I’ve often shared that if God has called you to be a Christian author-writer and you’ve taken the first steps into that calling, God will open doors for you to walk through to enable you to fulfill your call. And, sometimes, just sometimes – God might even send you an eMail to help you along the way.