What Shall I Write About Today?

Stop by for the musings of your cordial host, Richard Hartzer

Currently Seeking Representation for “A Confession of Faith”

a novel by Richard Hartzer

“Most people don’t know when they’re going to die…but then again, I’ve never been ‘most people.'”

Faith Webber

Faith Webber is your typical 18-year-old girl…except she has been sentenced to die for committing treason. As she faces death, Faith recounts a journey that began when her father decided to move her Christian family to a country lead by a ruthless dictator who has outlawed religion. When a handsome young man moves in across the street, a sequence of revelations shakes Faith’s trust in the people closest to her and places her in the middle of a conflict with widespread implications.

An Excerpt from “A Confession of Faith”

Most people don’t know when they are going to die…but then again, I’ve never been “most people.” I know I will die in 4 days, 2 hours, and approximately 11 minutes. How could I possibly know this? Because the Chancellor himself sentenced me to die for committing high treason. Now you might wonder why an 18-year-old high school student could be charged with such a crime, and honestly, I’m still trying to come to grips with the whole thing myself. It’s been a roller-coaster ride filled with emotional highs and devastating lows; but through it all, God’s hand has been upon me.  Even if there were times I couldn’t see it.

When I was younger, I read a classic novel called “The Diary of Anne Frank.” Anne was placed in an unthinkable situation, but she had the awareness to record the events of her life during that time. After she died, and her diary was found, it gave us a much more personal vision of a horrific event in human history. When I finished reading her diary, I knew I was destined to become an author. I wrote short stories, poems, essays, and eventually I even wrote for my very own website. I never had an opportunity to attempt the novel I always wanted to write, so I guess this is my chance. The government is eager to obtain as much information from me as possible, so they gave me a computer to write my confession. They want me to give them evidence of my guilt so they can justify my punishment and identify my accomplices; but instead of a confession of guilt, this will be a Confession of Faith.

I was more than a little surprised that they would give me a computer given my history with them, but they disabled everything other than a word processing program so I couldn’t cause any trouble. As I write my story, I will try the best I can to record the conversations as they actually took place. The wording may not be exactly the same, but it should be close enough to convey what was happening at the time. I probably won’t have much time to proofread this document, so I apologize in advance for any grammatical or spelling mistakes that slip past me. I seriously doubt any of this will ever be published, but the process of reflecting and writing should prove to be therapeutic for me. If anybody actually does read my story, I pray that they are inspired to keep their faith when they face impossible situations. After all, that’s when we need our faith the most. All of those reasons for writing are important, but if I am completely honest, a big part of me also hopes this activity will be enough to keep my mind off of what will happen in 4 days, 1 hour, and approximately 37 minutes.

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