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Curt Iles

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

Chased by the Black Dogs

    Chased by the Black Dogs I received a sweet note from a blog friend this week. “Curt, where have you been? I’ve been worried about you?” My answer was simple. “I’ve been chased by the black dogs.” That’s what Churchill, a fellow sufferer, ...

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Welcome back to the Creek

August 7, 2017 Friends, We’ll be resuming blog posts and updating you on our upcoming book, As the Crow Flies, scheduled for September 4. Gratefully, Curt Iles      

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A Big Ol’ Thanks!

I was taught by my sweet Momma to always way thank you. So I want to simply say thank you to all of you who took part in this new method of preparing to publish a book. It has lifted quite a burden off my ...

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6 hours to D-Day

Oh, Book Clubs, where art thou?*    Our Kickstarter Campaign is winding down. (It ends at midnight). I’m surprised several book clubs or church senior adults groups haven’t jumped on our great offer:  You can get 25 autographed copies of ‘As the Crow Flies’ (or ...

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Don’t miss out! Time’s a’wasting.

Time is ticking on our Kickstarter campaign. If you haven’t backed the project for As the Crow Flies, we’d be so honored if you visit our Kickstarter page.    Thanks to your backing, we’ve exceeded our original goal of $4000. Additional pledges are being used ...

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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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