First Book Stories continues today with Nick G. Giannaras. I have to admit I didn't know Nick personally when he emailed me about this promotion. What I quickly learned, however, is that he's a fascinating guy. He is a Christian chiropractor who wants to send positive messages about God and his principles in entertaining stories that people of all ages can enjoy. He's also a Civil War reenactor--which I think is super cool--and a musician.
Gee, compared to him, I'm boring. :)
Secrets Revealed actually grew from an old Dungeons & Dragons adventure I ran years ago. After I quit playing, I always told myself, “That would make a good book.” Then one day, five years ago, the dream began. The original manuscript, written in a secular format, wasn’t changed into a Christian novel until after the first draft was completed. Secrets Revealed holds action elements I had already written down and experienced in the game with 95% of the dialogue created by me since I couldn’t remember.
Lea Schizas, founder of MuseItUp Publishing, chose to represent my work in 2010, and has contracted a second book from The Relics of Nanthara trilogy. I remember receiving the email and sitting in awe, staring at the letter sent to me by Lea herself. I was on cloud-9 for close to a week.
As for writing a book, it is nothing what I expected. It involves many hours of work, planning, writing, and sacrifice. The biggest fallacy I had dealt with was thinking once I wrote the book, it was finished. Wrong! Editing was an element that has taught me a ton of craft development in watching what my editors said and suggested. Perseverance is also necessary in completing anything worthwhile in life, and absolutely in being an author. I handled close to one hundred rejections, five critiques, and five to six thorough edits before I became contracted with MuseItUp. With all I have learned, I now write better, faster, and more correct, thus eliminating long hours editing. Besides reaching people through my words, I hope to encourage others with tips I’ve learned to enhance or fire-up their creative side. Yet all this can be summarized by me in a simple verse: “With God, all things are possible.”
Visit Nick online at http://nickgiannaras.wordpress.com/.