Tag: Church

Deep Green Talk, Book Signing May 25

Another event for my second book, “Deep Green,” is now scheduled.

I’ll be speaking about the book on Wednesday, May 25 at 6 p.m. at Huffman United Methodist Church’s parlor and signing copies after. Books are $15 each and will be available. You can also order them here on Amazon.com. 

A dinner will begin at 5 p.m. in the church’s Fellowship Hall.

If you didn’t know already, the book’s front cover photo was shot in the gym at Huffman United Methodist Church by Ron Burkett. The church was a big inspiration for this fictional work. It’s the church I grew up in.

The church is located at 711 Gene Reed Road in Birmingham. 

So come hang out with us May 25. Eat some dinner and learn about how this book came to be.

Gary

Introducing Deep Green

Hello,

Welcome to my website, and my first blog post. 

Deep Green is my second book, and my first time writing fiction. I have always been drawn to the true stories, the ones that affected real people. For most of my twenties, I told those stories in newspapers.

I’m no longer a reporter, but the itch to write is one I have to scratch almost daily. It calms me down. Now that my knees can’t bear the intensity of playing basketball on pavement, I sit in a comfortable chair and write. At least I can see the basketball hoop outside.

This book is about Ray, a teenager who does not earn a spot on his junior high school basketball team. He is confused on what direction he should take. He has always played sports, but he is now at a crossroads. He takes up skateboarding, and with it come his downfalls. He lets a stereotype control his life. He stops hanging out with longtime friends. He begins socializing with a rough crowd. He shoplifts, and just when he thinks he has become invincible, he is arrested. A church basketball team intervenes at a crucial moment in Ray’s life. Will it be enough for Ray to get his life back on the right path?

I decided to write this because I thought it was a story worth telling. I think it is good for teenagers to read, a book that can humble them and teach them important values. I hope it does. I also believe it is a good book for any avid reader who enjoys a feel-good story. 

I dedicated this book to Kevin O’Kelley, who was my basketball coach for a short period of time. He is the inspiration behind this book.

The book is available for $15 on Amazon.com and $8.99 on Kindle. I hope you take the short time to read this book. I would really appreciate it.

-Gary