Welcome! I’m Glad You’re Here!

An introduction

Welcome! My name is Richard M. Wright and I'm a storyteller. The M is for Marshall which was my great grandmother's maiden name. It gets confusing because I’ve gone by Dick my whole life. My personal Facebook page is Dick Wright. But professionally, I’m R. Marshall Wright.

I graduated from the University of Maine in Orono, Maine in 1969 and Drew Theological School in Madison, New Jersey in 1972. In addition to being a retired evangelical pastor, I’m also a retired U.S. Army Chaplain with 23 years Active and Reserve service to our country.

I’ve been married to my fabulous wife, Lynn, for fifty years. We feel we have been truly blessed in that we are able to spend our summers on a lake in Michigan and our winters in Florida.  We have two children and five grandchildren. Marnie is married to Arick and is the eldest and has been a stay at home mom rearing three active boys...Luke, Levi, and Loden. She holds a Masters degree from Northwestern in communications and is about to also venture back into writing. Trevor is married to Lori and is a successful pastor in Findlay, Ohio. And he too writes. His two are Emma, who is the oldest grandchild, only girl, and her brother Cole. We are extremely proud of everyone in my family.

Like so many people, I’ve always wanted to write a book but never did anything about it. About seven years ago my son preached a Christmas message about Christmas not being the cute, cozy, and comfortable picture we paint it. It wasn’t. It was downright messy! As sat in the pew I thought, there’s a book there that hasn’t been written. Seven years later I wrote it. It’s Mary and Joseph’s Untold Story and it’s available on Amazon. My second novel was just published and went in a different direction. Grace Like a River Flows falls into the genre of Christian Romance with a little suspense and this is my niche. So I’m male writing in a genre that is predominantly women!  I’m now working on my third book due out in the fall of 2019, entitled Laura, Don’t Run. Again, Christian Romance.

While it would be nice to write the next great American novel, it will probably never happen. But, that’s okay. I love to write and I will continue to write good, clean, wholesome, Christ-honoring, Christian fiction, and if just one person says “Hey, that’s a pretty good book,” then I’m happy.

I would best describe myself as a storyteller. I don’t fit in the traditional mold of an author, although I am an author in the technical sense, because I write books.  But I think of it more as telling a story that is long enough to turn into a book. I’m a pantser. If you aren’t familiar with the term that is someone who writes by the seat of his pants. ’Hold on and let’s see where this goes,’ is the way I write. When I start I have very little figured out and I can guarantee you I have no idea where it is going and I definitely don’t have a clue how it will end. I never outline. Arcs and subplots and all the other things authors are supposed to do bore me to tears. Some authors work for a year on a book before they ever actually write anything down. Give me an idea and I’ll sit down and write you a good story and let the story develop along the way. But wait. You can’t do that and be a good writer. I guess you’ll have to tell my readers that. Apparently, they disagree.

When I write I put a lot of myself into the story. In writing it’s called the author’s voice. I call it selling the story. One reviewer said that when she read my book it was like having me sitting there telling her the story. Another reviewer said it took her forty pages to grasp Mary and Joseph’s Untold Story because of my style. Then added that after she saw what I was doing she really enjoyed it.

I think that’s why I’ll remain an Indie Publisher. I don’t want an editor messing with my voice or my style. It’s who I am and I hope you enjoy my stories.