From the Author…

To say I love to write should be a given since I have taken to calling myself an author these days. I have always told people that I enjoyed writing, but aside from some short stories and outlines of several, as of yet unfinished projects, I had nothing to show for it. I also lacked the faith to “just do it” since I viewed it as a dead end, career-wise.

When I started writing my first book, “The Road to Hell”, it was out of frustration at the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ being diluted. My Savior is more than just another “good man” who walked the planet. As John 3:16 says, he is God’s only Son sent to save the world. What exactly is he saving us from? Why Hell of course, and hopefully our own sinful, fleshly nature if we allow the Holy Spirit to shape and mold us.

Having absolutely zero experience, I just dove in and started writing to see what would happen. I set a goal of 1,000 words, or four pages, a day. Before long a story began to take shape. I am still amazed at the characters and plot points that just popped into my mind (divine inspiration?), and I let them develop.

My initial concept was to make the main character a sort of modern day crusader who went about dethroning the most popular false prophets and antichrists of the day. But God had other ideas. Instead of focusing on the grandeur of taking down the never-ending web of lies and deceit, “The Road to Hell” focused on an average man facing extraordinary odds with no experience. Sound familiar? I didn’t plan that part. It was either my subconscious coming out on the page or spiritual intervention. I lean toward the latter.

Around the same time I started writing I went back to my love of reading, which had also been dormant for many years. In 2011 I devoured more books than I had in the previous ten years. That trend continues. I read mostly fiction about the supernatural, as you might imagine, since that is my area of interest. But I leave the door open for any good yarn.

I give full credit to God for reawakening my long dead passion for the written word. At the same time, I knew that my desire was dormant so that I could be pruned of things in me that did not reflect Christ. I am not perfect, nor will I ever be, but my focus is in the right place. The result of this experience thus far is a story I personally enjoyed writing and reading, and hope others will enjoy as well.

May God bless you and yours forever and ever. Amen.

Jess Hanna

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