Too many books, too little time (to write them all, I mean)

Quite a few people have asked me if I’m writing the next Superior novel. I’m gratified for the questions, because generally, it means people are excited to see more. But my answer is, “Not yet.”

There are a few reasons why, and I’d love your feedback about those reasons.

I remember reading a quote by JRR Tolkien, addressing why it took him so long to finish the Lord of The Rings. He said “I had many other responsibilities as well, during those years and I did not neglect them.”

Like Tolkien, I too, have many other responsibilities, and I’m trying not to neglect them. This means that my time for writing is somewhat limited. It also means that the Lake Superior Mysteries is not the only place where I am spending creative energy. Therefore, I really only have enough “in me” so to speak, for one novel a year, plus all the other writing and work I do as a pastor. When I finally finish a novel, I find I need a couple months of down time to recharge.

There’s another reason I haven’t started the next Superior novel. I’m torn. I actually have a number of fiction and non-fiction books that “want to come out.” The truth is, when I started, I thought I would write only one mystery. I’m glad it didn’t work out that way, but the other books are still waiting.

Here’s what else I have that wants to come out as a book:

· A mythical history (fantasy) of the world before the Great Flood of Noah. One of my favorite twists is that Noah is afraid of water. I have at least three volumes worth here. I’ve had the ideas for this for more than 10 years.

· A creative memoir of my life growing up in Papua New Guinea. I’ve been thinking about this for about 15 years.

· A book on a particular area of theology and biblical interpretation that concerns me. Also a ten-year plus concern.

· A practical book on marriage.

I’m not done with the Lake Superior Mysteries. I’ve grown fond of Jonah and the others, and fond of the book sales, too. But maybe Jonah needs to wait a little longer before his next adventure. I’m not settled on that, just musing about it.

What do you think? I’d love to hear from you.



  1. Sharon McCormack Esmont

    The “mythical history (fantasy) of the world before the Great Flood of Noah” sound intriguing and so does “a book on a particular area of theology and biblical interpretation.” I’m always looking for new Biblical commentators. I just a layperson at my church, but do a lot of Bible study on my own. BUT – I really do enjoy your Lake Superior mysteries. What ever you write next, I’m sure you will do an excellent job. Just do NOT stop writing.

  2. Emily

    I’m really enjoying the Superior series, and I do hope to read more about Jonah. 🙂 I haven’t yet bought the third book… I hesitate, just because it’s the last book so far, and once I have it I know I’ll read it in just a couple days. And I’m not ready to be finished with Jonah yet. 🙂 I would love for more, but your idea for a story about Noah sounds awfully intriguing… I would definitely read that one, as well! 🙂

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