The Abilene Writers Guild is an organization of writers, both professional and beginning, who meet monthly for education, sharing, and encouragement. Membership opportunities include contests, critique groups, and sharing of information.
Every 4th Thursday at 7:00 P.M.
November - 3rd Thursday
December - no meeting
Senior Citizens Ctr
2625 South 7th
Abilene, Texas 79605
Thursday August 25, 2016
Dr. Michael Monhollon
Michael Monhollon, professor of business law and Kelley Chair of Business, serves as dean of the Kelley College of Business at HSU. He practiced law for a dozen years before moving into academia, first in Amarillo, Texas, then Richmond, Virginia, and finally in Dallas. In between law and academia he was the editor of Reflection Publishing, a small family-owned publisher of Christian books that put out eight books in two years.
Four of his own books have been published. Penguin USA published his first in 1992, styling it as "the most shocking thriller since The Firm." His second novel, Divine Invasion, was a fictional biography of Jesus Christ that sold more than a thousand hardcovers to libraries around the country on the strength of its critical reviews. Booklist, the trade journal of the American Library Association, named it one of the top 10 Christian novels of the year. Despite the grab at Mr. Grisham's coattails and the critical acclaim, sales of both books were modest, obligating Monhollon to continue to work for a living.
Three of his novels are available exclusively on Kindle: Divine Invasion and two new legal thrillers, Trial by Ambush and Juggling Evidence. Together they sold 38 copies in August 2011, the first month all three were available. Since then, digital sales have increased by 68% per month, causing Monhollon, extrapolating the same growth years into the future, to visualize himself spending his days in the sun on his own Caribbean island. Time will tell.