Saturday, March 1, 2014

Presenting Alan Schleimer: License to Thrill®

Alan Schleimer writes suspense thrillers. His debut novel is the first in the Ezra Chronicles series and features former Wall Street whiz-kid and desert survivalist Jay Hunt. The Q Manifesto was named the top inspirational/religious novel of 2012 by a book review website specializing in eBooks. Previously the story garnered the American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis award in the mystery/suspense/thriller genre. The Q Manifesto is a suspense thriller and has been compared favorably to Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code for its masterfully-executed twists and turns. Graced with expert writing advice from today’s top Christian Fiction writers, The Q Manifesto weaves a spell-binding plot around the ultimate what-if question. Alan believes good stories entertain, but great stories can change lives. He strives to only tell great stories.

A former analyst, commodity trader, and entrepreneur, Alan infuses his high-stakes fiction with real world implications. Like an actor who does his own stunts, he has studied martial arts, finance, police work, and the divine source of all truth. He lives in Sugar Land, Texas.

An Unlikely Prospect
Alan wasn’t always a writer. In fact, he says that he was the least likely candidate to become a published author. About ten years ago, he was enjoying a career in the corporate world. The former energy trader and business development professional with a finance MBA claims he struggled writing a two-paragraph business letter. 

“I kept getting these cool ideas for a book. I thought someday, if I ever retired, I would write it. Well, I noticed that these ideas came more frequently while I was spending my quiet time meditating. Eventually, I became convinced it was a calling from God, and I began writing full-time. The story that started it all was a Christian fiction fantasy. It was a great learning process filled with numerous rookie mistakes. I took writing classes and attended writing conferences until deciding to write the kind of fiction I liked to read—mystery/suspense/thrillers.”

Writing Advice
"Write what you love to read and study books on writing especially where you are weakest." 
Alan's favorite book on writing is Plot and Structure by James Bell.

Book Description
The story centers on Jay Hunt, who quit a lucrative Wall Street career to become a backcountry tour guide. Soon after, an ancient manuscript is uncovered that reveals the Gospels were an orchestrated fiction. Though its revelation stuns the world, Jay ignores it until his father, a retired Dead Sea Scrolls expert, gets in over his head investigating the scroll. Chased by assassins, Jay soon learns that the world’s only chance to survive Armageddon depends on him deciphering a cryptic trail of clues in his quest for the truth.

If you like exotic locations, the book has readers sprinting from Arizona to Jerusalem, Paris to the Caribbean, and Houston to Amman. Your fingernails don’t stand a chance.

What Others Are Saying About The Q Manifesto
A “magnificent debut whose stunning depths, pivotal settings and tangible descriptions manifested themselves in imagery akin to an HDTV movie.” The storyline was cited as a “masterfully crafted, full-immersion thriller written with intelligence, heart and virtue, brilliantly plotted, and played out at machine gun pace.”  Categorized by some as Christian fiction, Alan is pleased with that description, but prefers to think of his book as a family-friendly wild ride with a message of hope and a challenge to anyone’s faith.

You can connect with Alan online at and

or see him in person at our monthly meeting on March 15th where he'll be presenting My Rookie Season: Three Lessons Learned from the Road to Being Published.

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