Title: Dave Parks Writes a Young Elijah   I’m Dave Parks, an English teacher at colleges in Michigan, California, and China. I write to show how ordinary people in the Bible grapple with challenges. My first book is The Boy Who Closed the Sky, a novel about Elijah the prophet.   I thought … Read more


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Which Elijah chapter was the most fun to write? 48. Brother Gone Mad. Quick Summary: Elijah spent three and a half years abroad with his heart aching for Milkah the girl next door. When the Lord finally tells him to come home, Milkah is glad to see him but… “you pop over the ridge like … Read more

Elevator Hook

One easy way to test your book hook is to describe it in four lines to your family and see if they can tell you what your book is about when it’s over. If it’s muddled,  confused, etc., your book might need some work.

Madeline’s Questions

What did you want to be when you grew up? When did you realize you wanted to be a writer? When did you start to write? What was the first writing you had published? Where do you write your books? What is the best advice you have ever received about writing? What’s your first childhood … Read more

To copy a page

1. Open (or Edit) the page you want to copy 2. Click on Default Editor button near the top (below the title) 3. Right click on code & Choose Select All. Then right click and choose Copy. 4. Note the Avada Options at the very bottom, you may need to come back to this later. … Read more

Gail Whelan

Biblical Storytelling at Its Best “Elijah was a man with passions like ours.” – James 5:17 David Parks, Greenville College-educated author, in his recently published book, The Boy Who Closed the Sky, imagines himself as Elijah, the Prophet, whose story unfolds in the Bible in Kings 1 and 11. Parks makes his prose sparkle and … Read more

The Namer – The World According To

Manton cabin with Bev. Who’s that guy? My cousin. I’m going to marry him. Point guard When Delphine met my cousin Donald, she declared, “We already have one Donnie in the family. (Her brother.) We’ll call you George.” And we did. When her cousin married a man named Merlin, but Delphine said, “We already know … Read more


Chronicles of the Kings – Tales from the House of Omri – BC Tales – Bible Stories New – Old Stories New –   1. The Boy Who Closed the Sky 2. Escape to Zarephath 3. The Lord Said Listen 4. The Return of the Tishbite 5. The King’s Right-hand Man ————— “The Lord Said” series: … Read more


– To sketch Obadiah more deeply show him under the pressure of ALL his duties, wisecrack to himself about how he’s now got to become an expert on vineyards and olive orchards in addition to being an expert on horse husbandry – given that they were also selling horses as an important revenue stream.


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Thank the reader

Carolyn Bessell fY0me8st2umecSprt8aday 4a7t 4:5o5 eAM  ·  I’m a prawn and have been publishing for a year. Prior to Christmas I was selling 40 to 50 books per month. Then in January I sold 95, and I’ve already sold 57 for February. I haven’t changed covers or blurbs, or my marketing. Nor have I released a new book. Just … Read more

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Author Website

Author Website Tyler Avada website design by robin After I publish Obadiah, I want to market Elijah and Obadiah. Basic Pages – Home Books Blog About How to Build Here are some ideas for the website — from 7 Secrets of Amazing Author Websites Here are my notes. I like what I’m hearing. Kindle … Read more

Audiobook – Wayfarer Full-Cast

The Making of a Full-Cast Audio Book: Interview With Wayfarer Producer Kenny Sargent Email Save “>SHARE As of just a few weeks ago, my gaslamp fantasy novel Wayfarer was transformed into a full-cast audio book, complete with original music and sound effects. For me, it was unique experience, having been approached by new audio theater company Sargent Family … Read more

Craft books – 5

Here are 5 I chose to re-read first.  Re-reading Writing Books My mood reading applies here. I’ll pick up whichever one jumps out at me and read them in the order that feels most natural. But I’m excited to dive back in and see what they have to teach me. 1. On Writing by Stephen King. This … Read more

Editor- hire?

Hire an Editor? “Perfect to Me”: How Self-Editing Can Take Your Novel to the Next Stage Now that you’ve hired an editor: Best practices for working with an independent editor From Jack Cunningham – Tisha Martin – Editing – She charges a lot. I had to pay her $833 in three installments. From Susan Count … Read more

5. Footsteps of Elijah

A holy land tour photographed by blossoming rose volunteers. Photos by blossoming rose volunteers – Or – By the members of – Or – On tour with7 Insert a Content Views thing here that holds old tour PAGES. And another for old tour POSTS. Where he came from – Tishbe – Hometown Where he confronted King Ahab – … Read more

Better Elijah Blurb

Do a normal one for Elijah Start w Gail’s piece Many years before Elijah became the wizened and bowed The whirlwind snatched an old… A white haired wrinkled Elijah Elijah was.. When the whirlwind snatched Elijah Chased by soldiers, fed by ravens, and sheltered by a widow in a distant land. Ever wondering if the … Read more


March 10 – publish Friend of the King, Enemy of the Queen. April 1 – establish monthly blog of bunny trails from Elijah/Obadiah. May 1 – decide which projects to tackle and when. Here’s a list in order of preference: Chariot Tales – Elijah in Malachi, Matthew, & the Talmud – a novel The Footsteps … Read more

More to Learn chrome-extension://efaidnbmnnnibpcajpcglclefindmkaj/viewer.html? 6-Stage Plot Structure For Successful Storytelling 6-Stage Plot Structure For Successful Storytelling     Mailerlite Convertkit Amazon SES whats-your-platform-identity Coming Soon Page, Maintenance Mode & Landing Pages by SeedProd Home Bunny Trails to landing pages. 1. Picture 2. Words 3. Me author 4. Link to landing page 5. Tinyurl to landing page also. … Read more

Elijah 2nd Edition

When you find typos in The Boy Who Closed the Sky, please think “Second Edition” and send me the page number and the exact wording of the line. Use email (profparks at or this Leave a Reply form below, okay? If I make a second edition of I would like to… put a map … Read more