I've wanted to be a writer since crafting my first work of fiction in second grade. Titled "Susie and the Bunnies" it was a direct rip-off of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" that I had seen the previous Summer. But, even though "inspired" by the work of others, it showed me the great power of how you could create people, places and events by doing little more than just imagining them and writing them down. It took 35 years from that first short story to the publication of my first book.
My first novel, "Chasing the Light" at its most basic level is intended to be a fun, adventurous "beach" or "airplane" book; the historical mystery/treasure hunt genre of which I've always been fond. But, on another level, I hope it strikes a chord of the importance of faith and hope and the belief that the universe unfolds as it does for a reason; and that everything will be ok. As it says in the book, "sometimes , all any of us need is just to feel that everything will be ok."
I have spent the majority of my adult career in workplace learning and performance (more commonly known as corporate training and development) specializing in learning technologies. My experience includes managing training projects for businesses ranging from small start-ups to large international corporations. My experience writing and publishing my novel caused me think about how the eBook format (and eReader devices) could be used in organizations for publishing training content. This led to my second book, "eBook Publication for Training".
I reside in Columbus, OH with my partner of sixteen years. I'm currently working on a second novel that will continue the treasure hunting adventures of Gabriel Patrick.
My website is http://www.purplepalmmedia.com
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The Shadow of Isis
by Joel Zarley
Approx. 55,280 words.
Published on January 1, 2012.
The history of the world has always been told in a prescribed course; with each great civilization leading to the next. The Babylonians...the Egyptians..the Greeks...the Romans—all leading to the modern world as we know it today. But what if the truth of our shared history was not as neat and tidy as the conventional wisdom would have us believe?
Chasing the Light
by Joel Zarley
Approx. 62,860 words.
Published on August 2, 2010.
It is a mystery from the dawn of time. The remnants of primordial light; compressed into a solitary gem and expelled with man from paradise as punishment for the original sin. Their mentor murdered, two men must now face their greatest fears to find one of the greatest treasures in history. Can they find the relic and fulfill the final wishes of the man they loved, or fall to his same fate?
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