Newsletter - September 2018
Welcome to the latest newsletter for Andrewgnelson.org
I hope that everyone had a fantastic summer and a safe and happy Labor Day.
This month is always bittersweet for me, as it marks yet another anniversary of the terror attacks of September 11th. Sometimes it is hard to believe how much time has gone by and yet in one week we will be honoring the 17th anniversary. For so many of us it seems like only yesterday and yet I am reminded that many of the seniors returning to high school this month were not born when the attacks occurred. For them it is all a matter of academic history. It is because of this reason that I am so passionate about keeping the memory of those we lost at the forefront of any discussion of September 11th. We must never forget their bravery and sacrifice that day. This is also true for the larger community of first responders and victims who continue to deal with the long term health conditions resulting from their exposure to the toxins at Ground Zero. They are, in every respect, as much heroes as those we lost on the day of the attack.
As for me I am happy to report that I am recuperating nicely from my surgery at the end of June. I’ve been asked if I am angry at my diagnosis, but the reality is that I am not. That doesn’t mean that I am happy about it, nor does it mean that I wouldn’t have been glad to have not gotten the diagnosis, but there is a peace that comes from accepting that it happened for a reason. It gave me the ability to draw from a unique perspective, as I worked on my book: Where Was God? An NYPD First Responder’s Search for Answers Following the Terror Attack of September 11th, 2001.
WHERE WAS GOD? – On the morning of September 11th I was given the gift of life when I was saved by a pack of cigarettes. Then I was given the gift of writing. In December 2017, I was given the gift of cancer, so that I could share a testimony with the world and answer the question: Where Was God? It might sound crazy to say this diagnosis was a gift, but when you are faced with the thought of your own mortality, you begin to see things from a much different perspective. This allowed me to examine things from a much more critical approach. What started out as a search for where God was that morning, soon led to an investigation to establish God’s existence. When you peel away the ‘pick & choose’ arguments, of both sides, you begin to see a much more complex issue that rarely gets discussed. If you have ever had questions about God’s relationship with us, then I recommend picking up a copy. I would also like to point out that 100% of the royalties will be donated to charity.
JAMES MAGUIRE SERIES – Work has started back up on the fifth (as yet untitled) James Maguire book. After finishing, “Where Was God?” I immediately dove back into this book. I am happy to say I have finished three more chapters, for a total of ten, and have begun work on the next one. As much as I enjoyed writing, “Where Was God?” I admit that it was mentally challenging in a way that I don’t feel when I write fiction. Let’s be honest, when you are writing about God and His relationship with humanity, you are under a bit of pressure to ‘get it right’. It was a bit of relief when I was able to delve back into my fictional world. This book promises to be a bit of a game changer. If Perfect Pawn was the proverbial pebble that is dropped into the pond, the ripples from this book will be expanding in some very interesting ways.
BLOG POSTS – Back in August I felt compelled to write a blog post about the current state of policing in America entitled: Stop Blaming the Cops! If you missed it, I would encourage you to head over and read it. The fact is that society needs to wake up and realize that we must end the practice of ignoring the overall lapse in personal responsibility if we are to fix the myriad of problems we are currently faced with. For the new subscribers I would recommend you check out my last post: The Labyrinthian World of (Fake) Book Reviews, in which I deal with the critical issue of reader reviews. Reviews drive the analytics used by many booksellers, including Amazon, and it is something that we indie authors (literarily) live and die by. If you take a moment to read the post, you will see just how crucial you are, not just to me, but to all authors. When you are done, please take a moment and leave a review over at Amazon.
GEAR – After much consideration, we decided to add some swag items to our website. At the present moment we have introduced two embroidered patches. These come with a regular backing, as well as a Velcro backing if you want to add them to hats, bags, etc… We have also added a book plate for those who want their copies autographed.
ORDER OF BOOKS – I would like to take this opportunity to let subscribers to the Newsletter know that, if you are new to reading my novels, they all feature a stand-alone plot, but they also include inter-connecting sub-plots. If you are looking to get the most out of the series then I highly recommend that you read them in order, beginning with Perfect Pawn.
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