Wednesday, June 4, 2008
For the past several months, I've had the distinct pleasure of working with a Catholic writer from California as he brought his second novel to print. Joey's Journey, just released from Bezalel Books, is the second story in a trilogy. It tells of one man's path to the papacy -- in this case, the first American to be elevated to the chair of Peter.
Editing a book is quite an endeavor. I have done lots of proofreading and editing over the years (most recently another Bezalel book, the charming story for young people entitled Hiding the Stranger in Hickory Valley by Joan L. Kelly.) But this book was quite lengthy, and, as its author readily admitted, it needed quite a bit of work.
I was, to be honest, a bit intimidated by the project. Would I be able to assist the author see his work come to fruition? Could I help him with the technical aspects of the work while keeping the story truly his?
The author, Brad Thomas, made my work a joy. His humility, willingness to work diligently, and strong faith made the many hours we put into the book worthwhile.
The end result is a novel that I'm sure will touch many with its message: God can do amazing things with our lives. (Even bring an American to the papacy!)
Joey's Journey by Brad Thomas is available now at amazon.com or bezalelbooks.com.