I give credit to the leadership of two great gentlemen. It’s through the teachings and inspiration of Billy D. Edson, that this vast project involving these short stories came forth.
In addition I wish to thank Pastor Matt Sparks for his generous encouragement and support.
The stories offered here at no cost were written while I attended a small-group creative writing class, as a student and instructor, held at Highpoint Church, of Tierrasanta, CA from winter 2009-present.
After spending countless hours working on the rough drafts, storyline, the design of these episodes, and their cover art, I can take in a relaxing deep breath of refreshing air, slowly exhale, and confidently state that these stories are presentable.
I give thanks once again to these two great mentors, for taking the time to go over these manuscripts, and for adding their helpful insight and suggestions. I greatly appreciate the hard work and the dedication you each have interjected in the midst of this endeavor. I will always value, and hope to exercise, the numerous lessons you have taught me.
on April 04, 2017 :
J Niessen has considerable talent and a real penchant for words and ideas. Unfortunately one gets the sense of being rushed as if the author were trying to get all his ideas out as quickly as possible before he forgets them. In short, Redemption Seed should not be a short story. The book would benefit from being a book where the ideas, situations, and characters could be developed. Keep working, J Niessen. You have talent. You just need a little more time and a lot more pages.
(review of free book)