David Millican's debut novel, Frontier Preacher, is now available in eBook and Paperback!
by David A Millican III
Hollis feared the loneliness would swallow him whole. He had arrived in Wyoming to fulfill his uncle’s dying wish – that he save the people of Gillette – but his education and faith had not prepared him for the bitter cold and hardened hearts of the west. A dark secret in his new home threatens to destroy his very soul. Will Hollis be strong enough to stand against the tide of evil? Can he overcome where stronger men failed, before the west claims another victim?
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Writing a story involving a preacher is complicated. I don’t mean that it was complicated to write but that it is complicated to market. Over and over again people want to push this book into a Christian category because its protagonist is a preacher. But as I tell people, and the book’s reviews confirm, this isn’t a story about Christianity but about Hollis and the struggle between the Wild West and Eastern Civility. And as I told one of my friends who was pushing me to categorize it as “Christian” is that if I wrote a Historical Fiction in which the main character is in the military, do I need to categorize it as Military Historical Fiction? Or if they were Muslim, would it be Islamic Historical Fiction?
There is a bigger issue to this than just my book. We live in an environment that has never existed before. If you want to write a book, publish it, have hardcopies in your hand, and try and sell them, you can. You don’t need permission. You don’t need to defeat the big five’s gatekeepers and charge up the tower of publishing smiting down obstacles as you go. You need to put your derriere in the chair and write. And then you need to edit, format, get a cover, and publish. That’s it. The only obstacle to your novel is you.
That being said, with the freedom we have been given, the salvation from the tired mills that purged innovation and praised conformity, why are we conforming? Why are we slapping ourselves with these chains of oppression created by an outdated, under performing model? Money. Yeah, that’s a good answer. I will be the first to admit I will sell out if someone comes waving a few Andrew Jackson’s in my face. (I’m even a cheap sell out.)
But does all our work have to conform? Do we have to enslave ourselves in every aspect? Change is hard, I get that. But if we don’t start, it will never happen. Can’t I be something more than a generic genre? Can’t I be dynamic, truthful, and committed to the story above all rather than shoving my round book into their square classification? It’s time that we take the freedom we have been given and become innovators again. We should be the cutting edge, the new wave, the punk rock, not the establishment. Freedom is here, write on.
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Tour ScheduleMonday, May 23
Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections-Tour Introduction and Book Spotlight
Rebekah Lyn Books-Book Spotlight and Character Interview (John Davies)
Perpetual Gardener, Writer, and Mormon-Book Spotlight
Rachel Rossano’s Words-Book Spotlight
Tuesday, May 24
God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae-Book Spotlight
PhreyPress-Book Spotlight, Guest Post, and Author Interview
Wednesday, May 25
Letters from Annie Douglass Lima-Book Spotlight and Excerpt
Writing About Life-Book Review
Frances Hoelsema-Book Spotlight and Excerpt
Zerina Blossom’s Books-Guest Post
Thursday, May 26
Stephany Tullis Blog-Character Interview (John Davies) Ramblings-Guest Post
Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections-Excerpt
Friday, May 27
Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections-Giveaway Announcement