The Genesis of a Book
By Susan J. Reinhardt
Every book begins with inspiration, and The Moses Conspiracy was no exception. I still marvel at how I went from writing non-fiction to fiction. It all started on a trip to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania...
The town square with its old buildings, the Christmas tree lit with thousands of colorful bulbs, and traffic buzzing around the circle captivated me. In the midst of the frenetic activity, an echo reached my ears. I strained to hear the fading words, but could not distinguish them from the noise. The voices of the forefathers were disappearing from our land and from our national psyche.
I wanted to weep as I shared what I'd heard with my husband. The experience stayed with me but defied all efforts to put it in written form. We prayed, and asked God to show me what He desired me to do with this knowledge sown into my heart.
Eight months later, we were discussing the Gettysburg experience when my husband declared, "That's it! That's your book, and you'll write it in 4 months and call it Ghosts of the Past." I thought he was crazy but soon caught the vision.
After 4 months, I had a 55,000-word manuscript. The name changed a couple of times, but the heart of the message never wavered. The journey to publication took 8 years with a 2-year hiatus during my husband's losing battle with leukemia.
Whenever I look at the book, memories flood my soul. It's dedicated to my beloved husband. Without his prayers and insight, The Moses Conspiracy would be a mere flicker of an idea.
Don't allow discouragement, problems, or the opinions of others derail your publishing dreams. Hold onto the vision God gave you and move forward.
To God be the glory, forever and ever, Amen.
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Both of these books feature the characters from The Moses Conspiracy
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