IDA SMITH enjoys disappearing into a good story, whether she’s reading or writing it. Ida believes life rarely happens the way we plan, so she writes of fictional characters traveling Jagged Journeys. Ida’s stories capture our imagination—leaving us wondering: “What if that were me?” Ida lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family where she enjoys scrapbooking, gardening, and the outdoors.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Oh, yes. I was in third or fourth grade and tried writing a story about a lost Dalmatian running around the neighborhood. I don't think I understood the whole art of "story" at that time, but the idea of adventure and the unknown was already pulsing through my veins.
What is your writing process?
It's kind of been all over the board, though, for sanity's sake, I'm trying to be more focused. Once I get an idea, which can come from a newspaper picture, a random comment someone makes, or strange musings in the middle of the night, I'll usually brain storm ideas and then dive into research--where I sometimes get terribly lost and distracted. When I do emerge from the fascinating world of research I either jump right in and start writing--only to kick myself because I'm all over the board--or, on those days when patience and logic reign, I'll go back to my ideas and take the time to outline my story. The later is much more effective and usually yields a better story.
Released from prison, but nowhere to go, Neil accepts a job from his only ally, Leonard Black. But not everyone is happy to see Neil free. Vilified by townsfolk, under suspicion by police, tracked by prison nemesis J.R.’s gang, and hated by others, Neil soon wishes he were invisible. How will Neil escape?
One man, one hope—two very different paths.
When 9-year-old Uzziel discovers a small child in a Bethlehem manger, he knows he has found something amazing. Piecing together the ancient prophecies he comes to the conclusion this child is the long-awaited Messiah.
When he believes the child killed by Herod, his hatred for the Romans is cemented and so begins a life-long search for a new Messiah.
In a world where secrets hide in codes, a terrible fate rests in the quiet echoes of the night. Neil Gatlin's bad choices and even worse luck only multiply when he stumbles upon a murder. Now he’s in a fight for his life trying to decipher clues to the hidden truth before others’ lies and deception entangle him for good.