People have asked me what prompted me to write The History Teacher books. It’s actually an interesting story [I think], so here goes!
In the winter of 2006, I was still working in the corporate world. I hadn’t yet made the transition to teaching martial arts full-time. One morning I woke up with an idea for a book in my head! I had no idea when the idea came from. I wasn’t thinking about writing a book. Divine guidance? More than likely!
The book would be about a high school history teacher, who, while in the midst of his own spiritual awakening, would encounter a group of students who were interested in learning more about life than what they were being taught in school. Before I got out of bed that morning, I had an idea for a trilogy.
Over the next two weeks, I wrote about fifty pages, before hitting a roadblock. So I walked away from the computer and didn’t return for a year and a half. In the meantime, I had left the corporate world and my own spiritual journey had advanced considerably. It took me another three years to write, edit and publish the first book. All along the process, ideas would continually pop into my head. What is more, before I completed the project, I started getting ideas [lots of them actually] for the second book. So I started writing it as well. And long before I finished writing the second book, I started getting ideas for the third one. Quite frankly, it was a challenge keeping up with all the ideas that kept popping into my head!
Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of this experience happened back in 2006. Shortly after I started writing the first book, I also started developing the first noticeable symptoms of what was eventually diagnosed as parkinson’s disease. My high school history teacher had parkinson’s disease! Very freaky! Talk about synchronistic!
Clearly [at least in my mind, anyway] I was meant to write these books! Actually, more like be the conduit for their creation! All along the process divine guidance showed me the way! And what I learned has helped immensely in dealing with my health challenges!
And there you have it! The History Teacher trilogy! Divine guidance in action!
I hope to have the third installment published by the end of this year. In the meantime, please check out The History Teacher 2.0!