"I love to create stories, almost as much as I love to preach." Al Lacy.
That word "almost" may sound a little odd, coming from a man whos written over 70 novels, many of them blockbuster bestsellers! But for Al Lacy, and his wife and co-author Joanna, preaching the gospel has always taken first priority.
In fact, Al and Joanna only took up writing as a means of financing their first passion: evangelism. As a traveling pastor, Al had been visiting around the country, preaching the good news to churches, whether they could afford to pay him or not. In doing so, hed run into a bit of an impasse. "I felt that I should do that," he explained in an interview with Multnomah publishing, "But I wasnt putting anything away for retirement. I thought, What else can I do and travel at the same time? Then I was inspired by my wife. She said, Well, youve read Westerns and historical books all your life. Youve talked about writing. Why dont you try writing one? So I sat down and wrote a Western novel called Dead Mans Noose."
For over 21 years, Lacy wrote for various secular publishers, using his gifts as a storyteller to fund his efforts as a minister. But eventually he ran into another problem. The market was growing more competitive, and Als editor felt that, in order to be successful, Al needed to include more compromising material in his novels. Al refused. Finally, the editor told him straight out: "If you dont write sex scenes, youre through."
Al said, "Okay, then. Im through."
But nothing could have been further from the truth! A friend introduced Al to the editors at Multnomah, a Christian publisher whod respect his convictions. Al fit right in, and under this new direction, his career flourished. He launched the action-packed Battles of Destiny Civil War series, as well as the popular Western saga Journeys of the Stranger.
Soon Joanna, whod been serving as her husbands writing advisor all along, decided to join him as a full-fledged author. Combining their talents, Al and Joanna came out with the Mail Order Bride series. Next, they captivated fiction lovers with the Hannah of Fort Bridger booksa series of romantic Western novels that have kept CBDs fiction-lovers on the edge of their seats, impatient for the latest installment. Recent projects by the Lacys have been The Orphan Train Trilogy, and novels in the Shadow of Liberty, and Mail Order Bride series.
In a recent letter to CBDs customers, the Lacys summed up their missionexplaining how their call to preach the gospel has gradually become one and the same with their desire to write quality fiction:
"We try to tell stories that will grip the heart, wring out some tears, stir emotions of joy and anger . . . Throughout our stories, we include the gospel and run threads of Bible truths that will apply to the lives of our readers, even in contemporary times."
Westerners at heart, the Lacys divide their time between Montana and Florida.
Best-selling author Al Lacy has written over one hundred historical and western novels, including the Angel of Mercy, Battles of Destiny, and Journeys of the Stranger series with more than 2.5 million books in print. JoAnna Lacy is Al's wife and longtime collaborator, and the coauthor of A Place to Call Home, Dreams of Gold, Frontier Doctor, Orphan Trains, Mail Order Bride, Shadow of Liberty, and Hannah of Fort Bridger series. The Lacys make their home in the Colorado Rockies.
Best-selling author Al Lacy has written over one hundred historical and western novels, including the Angel of Mercy, Battles of Destiny, and Journeys of the Stranger series with more than 2.5 million books in print. JoAnna Lacy is Al's wife and longtime collaborator, and the coauthor of A Place to Call Home, Dreams of Gold, Frontier Doctor, Orphan Trains, Mail Order Bride, Shadow of Liberty, and Hannah of Fort Bridger series. The Lacys make their home in the Colorado Rockies. See less
Al Lacy book reviews
Touch of Compassion
Frontier life American Wife
by BCE1, Jul 30, 2010
Great reading within the series. Life continues for Hannah. Read More
by DebbieTucker, Jun 21, 2007
This is the final in the series of 8 books. I hope that the authors will continue on with this series. I could not wait to get to this book. I pray that if I were in Hannah's shoes, I would be a ... Read More