Last year some members of ChiLibris, a group of multi-published Christian novelists, put their heads together and came up with a great book. Sadly, I wasn’t able to participate, but some terrific authors were.
All of the royalties from the sale of What the Wind Picked Up go to Samaritan’s Purse so when you buy the book, you are supporting a great cause, too. If you love to read — and especially if you are an aspiring novelist — I think you’ll enjoy this one. (The graphic at left will take you to Amazon.com to place your order or you can order directly from iUniverse.)
Here’s a note from Angela Elwell Hunt:
During the summer of 2004, the novelists’ group known as ChiLibris (Chi–Greek for Christ, Libris–Latin for book) met in Atlanta. A small group of us went out for dinner, and as we discussed writing and work, the conversation turned to writer’s conferences. Several of our members are writing instructors, and someone mentioned that beginning writers are often reluctant to share their work because they’re afraid someone will steal their idea.
We chuckled, remembering when we used to fear the same thing. But since our fledgling days, we’ve learned that the idea isn’t always the most important thing—how you express that idea is what matters. In fact you can’t copyright an idea, only its expression.
On a whim, we decided to undertake an experiment—we would offer our group several particular building blocks and observe how different writers used them to build distinctly different stories.
Jeff Gerke (aka Jefferson Scott), provided our common elements:
* Each writer’s story had to begin with this unspectacular first line: The wind was picking up.
* Each short story had to include a case of mistaken identity, a pursuit at a noted landmark, and an unusual form of transportation. We heard that Hitchcock used these three elements to create the wonderful film, North by Northwest. If he could rise to the challenge, so could we–and with far fewer words!
* Finally, each story had to end with So that’s exactly what she did.
We’ve had a lot of fun with our creations and we hope you will, too. Consider them twenty-one variations on a common theme. Enjoy the different genres of our authors and celebrate their unique voices. I think you’ll especially enjoy the “writing advice” section that our novelists have contributed. If I’d had access to this wisdom when I started writing, my career path would have been a lot smoother.
As an added plus, know that your purchase of this book is helping others. All royalties from What the Wind Picked Up will go to Samaritan’s Purse, a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. The organization serves the Church worldwide to promote the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
One more thing—the novelists of ChiLibris would like to thank (and hug the stuffing out of) Kirk DouPonce from Dog-Eared Design for graciously (and freely!) doing our awesome cover.
Ready to read? Settle back in your favorite chair and enjoy a few minutes with some of my dearest friends.
Angela Elwell Hunt
My copy of What the Wind Picked up arrived yesterday, and I’m looking forward to reading it myself.