My first six novels were traditionally published. When I got the rights back to those books and began writing new ones, we decided to "go Indie," meaning we would bypass traditional publishers and go straight to market with our novels. It's been a thrilling ride!
I've always wanted my books to be gritty, contemporary, sometimes dark, tension-filled thrillers—but with an underlying message of hope in God.
For more than 20 years, one scripture has stood out as the 'vision' for my books:
What I tell you in the darkness, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered in your ear, proclaim on the housetops.
- Matthew 10:27 -
So, now you know the story and meaning behind the name of our publishing company: Rooftop Press.
When I wrote my thriller, NOBODY, the publisher sent me to Las Vegas for three days to research the book. We'd heard Vegas had an enormous homeless population and thought featuring a homeless man as the main character could be intriguing. (His name in the book is Chester Holte.)
While in Las Vegas, I toured shelters, soup kitchens, and medical trailers where the homeless congregated, as well as the "tent cities" and canyons where they slept. Of course, I also visited the clubs, casinos, and famous night spots.
A key to the trip was visiting with Jud Wilhite, senior pastor of Central Church in Las Vegas. We spent time together talking about who he was trying to reach via his mega-church. And, wow, that place was attracting drug dealers, strippers, casino employees...you name it — all in the loving name of Jesus Christ!
Jud shared a poem with me entitled, "I Stand By The Door," which is introduced at the beginning of Nobody. The book is really all about leading others to "the door," to God's door. That's what Chester's life was about.