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Curt Iles

I write to have influence and impact through well-told stories of my Louisiana and African sojourn.

The frustration of writing a novel: what to cut, leave in, add.

Writing a novel: it’s wonderfully frustrating! Writing a 90,000 word novel is a challenge. DeDe says I’m crazy each time I begin a book. She’s probably right. But I’m called to write and at this season of life, I’m called to write novels about Pineywoods ...

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3 Days and 10 hours to go: Here’s how you can help as well as get a great deal!

A word from Curt. Team. Tribe. Unit. They’ve always been some of my favorite words. They signify working together.  The sum being greater than the parts.  A united group coming together to do something the doubters said couldn’t be done. Well, together, we’ve done it! We have ...

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Would you buy a used warthog from this man?

  Seriously, would you buy a used warthog from this sunglassed stranger? Seriously, this is Aaron Watkins’ Facebook page image.  I’m pretty sure the photo was taken at the Paara Ferry Crossing on the Nile River. It’s the only river crossing within Murchison Falls National Park in ...

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7 Days to Go: 3 Ways you can help

  Our campaign ends on Thursday, May 25 at 11:59 pm! Wow! We’ve exceeded our goal to produce both ebook and paperback editions of our upcoming novel, As the Crow Flies. I honestly believe it is going to be our best book to date. This ...

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. . . Was Blind, But Now I See

I could tell you all of the reasons I want our new book, As the Crow Flies, to be in Braille. Instead, I’ll share this story from our time in Chad, Africa:   “Pastor, will you please read Acts 1:8 for us?” The white-haired Mzee ...

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A word from Curt

A word from Curt As the Crow Flies is our latest novel, scheduled for release in September.   Friends, First of all, thanks so much for how many of you have chosen to be a backer/partner in the As the Crow Flies Kickstarter campaign. Because ...

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A Mother’s Love

A word from Curt Respect.  What a fine word. Today is Mother’s Day.  This is my favorite story about a mother’s love. I share it with humility and respect.     This story is from my short story collection, Deep Roots.  A Thirty-Year-Old Picture As ...

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The Sacrifices of a Mother

Of all the things I learned from three years in Africa,  a lasting lesson was the sacrifice of families who serves overseas. Grandchildren grow up a world apart from their grandparents with only yearly (or less) face-to-face visits. Missionaries worry about their aging parents as ...

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A Mother’s Day story for your drive home: “My Mother’s name is Mary”

A word from Curt Enjoy! Be Grateful! LISTEN TO Audio Podcast of this story My Mother is Named Mary   Jesus and His Mother Mary: It’s a reminder that even when your child is perfect(ly obedient) you may not understand him or her.   I’ve ...

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From small starts come Large Trees

It’s true.  Many things that seem insignificant can become momentous. Yes, from small starts come large trees. _____________________________________________________________ Kickstarter Update Speaking of small starts: We started our Kickstarter campaign on May 1. We’ve nearly done it. In twelve days, you’ve backed As the Crow Flies ...

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A Thankful Video and 6 images that tell a story

I’m so thankful for readers and friends who allow me to write and publish independently.  Although I’ve yet to receive a “traditional contract” from a large publishing house, I’ve been privileged to write twelve books that have sold thousands of copies and touched so many ...

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Together, we are doing it! Quick Exciting Kickstarter Update

A quick word from Curt. Quick Update on our Kickstarter Campaign:Together, we can do it!  That’s been our theme for this project to publish our next novel.Thanks to the help of readers and friends like you, we’re halfway to our Kickstarter goal of $4000 to publish As ...

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Your chance to help publish a book! Together, we can do it!

Together, we can do it! Friends, You are invited to become part of the Creekbank Tribe that helps publish As the Crow Flies. Learn more at the Creekbank Kickstarter page.  I want to thank you in advance for believing in our stories and their worthiness ...

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A Quick Word: Final round of voting on ‘Crow’ cover!

Scroll down:  We need your help to publish As the Crow Flies. Scroll down to learn how you can support our Kickstarter campaign that begins Monday.   Are you receiving updates on our books, stories, and free giveaways? If not, subscribe here.  ________________________________________________________ One of ...

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