Austin Gisriel


I truly enjoy “talking” to readers, although I suppose it’s more accurate in this day and age to say “messaging” with readers. After all, books are really a conversation, just one in which the author goes first and does a great deal of talking initially! But only initially. I hope that anyone who reads my books or simply comes across this author page will feel free to join the conversation.

My first published works dealt with baseball—it is my first love—but I am expanding into other topics that I enjoy, and I am exploring them through fiction. Time Is A Pool (2016), a 10-story collection of flash fiction, is my first published effort in this regard, and there are two more releases planned for 2017. The first, The Secret of Their Midnight Tears, is a coming of age novel set during the early days of World War II. (Feel free to contact me for details!) The second, A Faith in the Crowd, is a “heavenly comedy” in which Sam Crawford suddenly finds himself dead and on his way to Heaven, a Heaven completely different from anything he ever read in his Sunday School books.

I have degrees in psychology and theology, meaning that I now know many big words in those two fields, but for the most part, I have majored in Life and all its daily details. It is this quality which makes me a writer worth reading. Occasionally, however, I focus on the really big picture and so I have written “The History of the World” and have done it in three pdf pages. I am happy to send this to you in exchange for the privilege of adding you to my email list. Don’t worry: I don’t offer any courses and I don’t churn out a book every six weeks just to keep selling you something. I’ll send you a note to say hello, and tell you about my latest blog entry (about one every other week) as well as news about work.

For your free “History of the World” email me at agisriel at yahoo dot com

Please visit my blog where you can read more about me if you like. Let the conversation begin!

Where to find Austin Gisriel online

Where to buy in print


The Secret of Their Midnight Tears
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 48,610. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA, Fiction » Coming of age
Their innocence swept away by the events at Pearl Harbor, five friends must find a way to maintain laughter and love even as they are asked to save the world. This e-book contains links to historic references as well as a study guide.
Fathers, Sons, & Holy Ghosts: Baseball as a Spiritual Experience
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 34,880. Language: English. Published: January 25, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Baseball / Essays & Writings, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Spiritual awakening
Baseball is the most moving metaphor for the Infinite and the Eternal that America has ever invented. After all, no one has yet made a movie about Johnny Unitas emerging from the corn and throwing a touchdown pass to his father. This book explains, at least from one fan's perspective, the spiritual experience that is baseball.
Time Is A Pool
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,660. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Flash fiction, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Everyone has a defining moment in his or her life; most of us have several. Sometimes, we recognize them when they occur; sometimes, we only recognize them in retrospect. Some are never known to us. Time Is A Pool is a collection of ten flash fiction stories in which the main character in each experiences a life-defining or life-affirming moment.
3 Tales From the Grand Old Game
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 18,580. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
3 Tales From the Grand Old Game is a trio of short stories that will be enjoyed by fans both old and young. Baseball bonds four friends in the first tale and when one dies, the group embarks on one final road trip. In the second, Trent Tyler suddenly finds that he cannot throw a baseball and must complete an inner journey to discover why. In the fairy tale finale, a regular fan buys the Orioles.
Their Glorious Summer
Price: Free! Words: 7,770. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Baseball
Set as it was against the backdrop of the 1981 major league players’ strike, the story of the battle for the President’s Cup in Virginia's Valley Baseball League between the New Market Rebels and the Winchester Royals epitomizes that mix of glory and poignancy that produces such passion in those who love the game. An inspiring and easy read at only 7,000 words (14 pages).
Safe at Home: A Season in the Valley
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 90,490. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Baseball
Safe at Home: A Season in the Valley tells the story of the 2009 New Market Rebels and the townspeople who house them, feed them, and root for them; welcome them into their homes in June and send them back to their schools in August. In the process, both players and fans become part of something greater than themselves, even if it is just a baseball team in a little town in the Shenandoah Valley.

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