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.
Fast-paced, action-adventure stories that keep you reading.
Neil Gatlin has a knack for getting into trouble—whether he’s running from the law or helping to enforce it, danger seems to find him. The more Neil strives to live a peaceful, quiet life, the more he is forced to use his gift for deciphering codes and clues to save lives—even at the risk of his.
Book 1: The Invisible Cipher
After an impromptu assault sends him on the run, Neil Gatlin finds himself stranded in an Illinois farm town where he is framed for murder and must decipher the codes he hears in the night to gain freedom and a life with the beautiful Sunshine. But when he’s discovered by dangerous criminals he may need more than his deciphering skills to save him.
Book 2: Deciphering Invisibility
Robbery, murder, extortion, threats…without money or prospects, Neil Gatlin’s back where it all began. 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. Now he must decipher the secret messages trapping him between prison and death before he and Sunshine are swallowed by their intrigue.
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.