The revised edition of Passing Toward The Prize has been released today. The original book was published in 2017. Today, after some revisions, the book has been re-released. Here are some details about the revised book from the author:
WHY HAS PASSING TOWARD THE PRIZE BEEN REVISED?
The original book had some sensitive scenes with the two main characters (Colton and Belle) having given into temptation. While this was a very realistic issue for teens, I decided that it may have been too much for readers. I really fought with changing that part of the book because I felt it was a real issue for teens but I decided to change it so that it was assumed that the characters had given in and their struggle to prove their innocence. I am hopeful that making this change might make the book more acceptable to churches and youth groups.
SO THE STORY IS ABOUT THE SAME AS THE ORIGINAL?
Yes, very much. It is still a story about a preacher’s son trying to live up to the expectations and disappointments of others as well as the struggles with peer pressure, temptation and racial discrimination.
YOU MENTION RACIAL DISCRIMINATION AS ANOTHER THEME IN THE BOOK. HOW DO YOU VIEW THIS ANGLE OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION IN LIGHT OF RECENT SOCIAL EVENTS?
Discrimination of ANY kind is not right and should not be practiced. It is true that my book has the point of view of a white person dealing the discrimination from fellow black students. Again, this is a real issue and regardless if it is white, black, Hispanic or any other group, this storyline works to show what can be accomplished when people come together regardless of their skin color. I still think it is a story worth telling from any point-of-view.
THERE IS ALSO CONFLICT BETWEEN COLTON AND HIS FATHER IN THIS BOOK. DOES THIS REFLECT YOUR OWN PERSONAL EXPERIENCE?
Yes, it shows the never ending struggle for a son to gain approval from his father. I did experience this with my own relationship with my father. It was a struggle for us to have a real father-son relationship until the very end. My father passed away in 2018 but he actually read the book during his last days. He never said what he thought of it or if it had any impact on him. I can only hope he read the book to the end.
ARE THERE ANY SEQUELS PLANNED FOR THIS BOOK?
Right now there is a sequel in the outline stage. It will take on the story of Colton’s daughter Carrington and her struggles with becoming a female football player. She will be much like Esther from the Old Testament story.
THIS REVISED VERSION OF YOUR BOOK IS SELF-PUBLISHED LIKE THE ORIGINAL BOOK?
Yes, I tried for a year to get this revised version published through a traditional publisher but there were no takers so I decided to go through PublishDrive to review and send this book out again.
HOW WELL DID THE ORIGINAL BOOK DO?
Not well I’m afraid. I spent a lot of expense in a promotional campaign and networked with several of my pastor contacts with expectations that they would help me in promoting the book in their churches but that never really happened. It was disappointing but it could have had something to do with the sensitive parts of the book I mentioned earlier. I was also under the naïve impression that simply putting a book on Amazon would be enough. That was a rookie mistake. One highlight I won’t forget is that my friend, Tom Mobley, mentioned the book in one of his radio broadcasts of a high school football game. That was pretty awesome.
With this revised book release I have more realistic expectations and hopefully it will do better but I’m not going to quit my day job.
REFRESH OUR MEMORY ABOUT THE STORY
This is the story of Colton Preston. He is a preacher’s kid who lives with his parents in a small Georgia town. Colton is a rising star on the high school football team. He has friends and a girlfriend there. His world is turned upside down when his father decides to move the family to Savannah, Georgia. Colton must now deal with a new church and new school while missing his girlfriend, Belle. Colton tries to adjust to his new school and new team but faces racial obstacles that challenge him more than his talented arm. If you loved “Facing the Giants” and “Remember the Titans” you will love this story.
WHERE CAN WE GET THE BOOK?
The book is currently only available as an ebook but it will soon be available in a print edition.
Here are the places you can download the book for $4.99: