Frequently Asked Questions
There are no bad questions, just funny answers. (sometimes)
When will the next book be released?
It is my goal to write one per year.  Exact dates depend upon on how much editing I need to do.  I’ve put some anticipated dates in the list of novels.

How many books will be in the Series?
I have lots of ideas.  For every story that I write I get ideas for two more.  I plan at least a total of 14, but I’ll see where this leads.

Why is Paradiso listed after TBD?
Paradiso is written like a series conclusion.  As of this date, it fits nicely into the flow after a few more novels that I have planned.  Several novels may come after it even though it sounds like an ending.  Use your own judgment if you want to read it now, or wait until it fits.

Should I read the novels out of order?
The personal story evolves from one to the next.  However, each novel is a self-contained tale.  The novels have different styles or genres.  If you like murder mysteries and only want to read those, you will easily catch onto where the personal story continues in them.

Where can I get hard copies?
As of this date, I need to let the demand grow for hard copies.  It is a big gamble to print them.

When did you start writing?
Decades ago, while in high school I wrote my first short story about Neal Harris.  It eventually became the concept behind Sugar and Spice.  The first set of seven novels was written about a year apart and over a decade.  The name Neal Harris was chosen before movie stars with similar sounding names became famous.  There is no connection between the two.

Where do you get your ideas?
The novels are all completely real except for the names, places, events and plot that have been changed.  In other words, the novels are fiction, but the personal struggles that Neal Harris goes through have a touch of truth.  It provides a reality to his feelings and drives me to write more as I work out my thoughts.  See bonus content.

Why are you satirizing a fictitious religion?
Satire is a way to point out differences between what religion is like and the good news that it should be.  Using a fake religion gives me the freedom to tell the stories that I want to tell without getting distracted by historical accuracy.  Being fiction doesn’t mean that it is irrelevant to decisions that we make about our own faiths.  The stories are meant to be relevant to faith.  Apply it however you like to.

Are you ant-church?
The gospel is good news, but many churches focus on bad news based on how they present it.  I am for the churches—I want them to succeed.  I am for them to not be against God by putting stumbling blocks to belief or love.  The earlier novels are more satirical as they uncover unhelpful behaviors.  The newer novels are more about bringing out the good news.

Who should I recommend the novels to?
As an author, I like it when people enjoy my stories.  Some people will love them, some will find them as spurring dialogue, and others may not be ready for them because they challenge ideas.  I don’t have any good ways to tell who would be ready or not.  The purpose is not to make people feel bad if they are not ready.  This is for people who have mental flexibility to consider challenging viewpoints.  Not everyone is at a place in their lives where they can do this.  It is not my intention to force this.  People who are not ready won’t likely read the books anyhow.

Can you recommend how to become a good writer?
It is a mystery to me.  I haven’t figured it out yet either. ;)