Joseph O'Day

Biography

Most of my work since 1986 has been as an editor, but I have considered myself a writer first. My story as a writer began in high school.

I grew up on a farm, and my parents were active in the Grange, both state and national. My mother entered Grange sewing contests for many years and won so many times in a row that they asked her to take a break so that someone else could win! When I was a teenager, the Grange had a national safety essay contest. I decided to enter. My mother told me not to get my hopes up, but I was confident, and guess what, I won!

After high school, I went on to undergraduate and graduate work, and writing papers was what I enjoyed the most. In fact, I was disappointed when a course did not require a paper. Two of my English professors were so impressed with the paper that I wrote for them that they encouraged me to get my master’s in English, but I felt called to go to seminary. A few years later, in the eighties, I wrote and published a booklet with InterVarsity Press, "Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts."

In the eighties, my older brother tried his hand at writing a science-fiction novel but grew tired of it, so he handed it off to me to finish. I improved his part of the novel, beefed up the characters, and completed the plotline. I eventually self-published it as "Imperial Guard" and recently published it as an ebook on Smashwords and elsewhere.

In the nineties, I wrote several articles for magazines and contributed chapters to two compendiums. After the turn of the century, I wrote a book on "The Lord of the Rings," trying to beat the premier of the third movie. I almost found a publisher, but again, I had to self-publish. "The Ring of Truth: Truth and Wisdom in J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings" also is now an ebook. Two years later, I published four children’s picture books with Ambassador Books. Shortly after the publication of the fourth book, the publisher declared bankruptcy! Two of those books are available as ebooks on Amazon: "I Like Snow!" and "I Like Rain!" The other two ("I Like Wind!" and "I Like Sunshine!") will be available soon.

Over the years, I have written for preschool, grade-school, and teenaged kids and for adults. Despite disappointments and setbacks, I continue to write. I love it and hope to be able to write for the rest of my life.

Where to find Joseph O'Day online


Books

I Like Rain!
Price: $1.29 USD. Words: 1,060. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Nature & the Natural World / Weather, Fiction » Children’s books » Concepts / Seasons
There is a downside to rain, but there is an upside, too. For kids, rain can be an adventure—experiencing the mystery of a thunder storm or the joy of testing new boots in a puddle. Rain also gives us water to drink, food to eat, and ponds to swim in. In all those things, we see the loving hand of the Creator. I Like Rain is about finding the wonderful in the ordinary and the joy of being alive.
I Like Snow!
Price: $1.29 USD. Words: 1,170. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Nature & the Natural World / Weather, Fiction » Children’s books » Concepts / Seasons
For kids, snow is a joy. It is a vacation from the everyday—a chance to enjoy a great mystery of nature. Snow is not about the ordinary. It is about the joy and beauty of Creation, and the joy and beauty of being alive. Joseph E. O’Day and Ron Foster have collaborated to capture the meaning of snow to kids, and what it says about being young and appreciating the wonder and joy of life.
I Like Wind!
Price: $1.29 USD. Words: 930. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Nature & the Natural World / Weather, Fiction » Children’s books » Concepts / Seasons
Wind is a mysterious force. We cannot see it, but we can feel it and witness its effects. For a child, wind is both a delight and a mystery. And in this book, a child recognizes that behind the delight and the mystery is the personal love of God. I Like Wind! is the fourth book in the Weather Series. The other books in the series are I Like Snow!, I Like Rain!, and I Like Sunshine!
I Like Sunshine!
Price: $1.29 USD. Words: 980. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Nature & the Natural World / Weather, Fiction » Children’s books » Concepts / Seasons
Sunshine brightens the world and our lives. Children especially enjoy the delights of warm rays and clear blue skies. This book sees the world through youthful eyes and celebrates the joy that is experienced because of a loving Creator who has filled the world with light. I Like Sunshine! is the third in a series of four books celebrating the joys of weather: snow, rain, sunshine, and wind.
The Ring of Truth: Truth and Wisdom in J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 80,480. Language: English. Published: August 21, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Theology / Systematic
Tolkien wrote that his fantasy novel The Lord of the Rings “is about God, and his sole right to divine honour. The Eldar and the Númenoreans believed in The One, the true God, and held worship of any other person an abomination.” Consequently, Tolkien’s novel contains Christian truth and wisdom that has much to say about our beliefs, our world, our spirituality, and ourselves.
Imperial Guard
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 84,550. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
Near the end of the 23rd century, Timothy Brogan leaves his native planet to become an officer in the Imperial Fusiliers. Little does he know that he will be thrust into the decades-old power struggle between two political factions. As he faces the most critical and difficult challenges of his life, he is thrust into the center of deadly peril but discovers romance and a new purpose for his life.

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