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The story of the Crow

The story of the crow

The story of the crow started as a writing challenge in August of 2003. After partaking in a writers’ group, the manager encouraged me to elevate my skills. So, I drafted Apocalyptic Verve, a type of new writing form called a Lucidian, which was something between a poem and a very short story. In February of 2005 this short segment, just an idea really, eventually turned into a novel of the same title, initially. However, after writing about nine chapters, I changed the title to Wounded Crows don’t Fly in August of 2005. This novel was a historical fiction piece that proved to be one of the more enduring works and probably one of the better received books in the market. The book published in 2006 under the new publishing company Wounded Crow Publishing, thus the beginning of the Crow as a publisher.

after writing about nine chapters, I changed the title to Wounded Crows don’t Fly in August of 2005.

Wounded Crows don’t Fly

Wounded Crows don’t Fly is a story of two brothers who were very close, but so very different. They had each been wounded in different ways and struggled to regain what was lost. It was a good reflection of my own relationship with my brother. In April of the year 2008, my research and development job was downsized. My brother’s melanoma cancer had returned in June of 2008. After which, my sister who had long suffered with Multiple Sclerosis, took a turn for the worse.

My brother had been studying to be a movie director before his cancer. While staying in the hospital with my brother during his chemo treatments, we discussed turning the novel into a movie. We started writing the script. However, by September my sister passed away from complications due to the MS. Then, just two months later, my brother followed her home. Left wounded on the battlefield, the script was left unfinished. I didn’t create, I didn’t write or compose music in nearly three years. Some wounds take your heart’s breath away.

Some wounds take your heart’s breath away.

Eventually, I started to write again. I penned a novel about my brother’s story titled Gubber’s Gate. I published it in 2013 under Wounded Crow Publishing. It was one of the hardest stories I have ever written. I have yet to read it.

In September of 2013, I started a novel titled Oak Creek Lane. However by December of 2013, I quickly put it aside as Divine inspiration led me to a different kind of story. Penury City always had the same title and developed rather quickly compared to the other books I had written. In two years, I completed the first volume. It published in 2016 after a series of edits and small changes.

Wounded crows can still fly

The rest of the volumes came afterwards as well as a new set of covers for all the books. With a fresh new look and a companion book to go with them (The Peshar), the Penury City Trilogy released in June 2021. And so, the story of the Crow has taken on a whole new adventure in bringing the message of the Divine. In Genesis, Noah sent out a raven to test the waters. I suppose one might say that my black bird, though wounded, will also test the waters with the desire to bring hope to God’s people in the ark.

And so, the story of the Crow has taken on a whole new adventure in bringing the message of the Divine.

Penury City: The Adventure awaits you
Penury City Trilogy: The adventure awaits you

The adventure awaits you …

This adventure is like no other. It will take every ounce of courage, strength, and trust that you can muster. This requires that you put aside everything you know, everything you have been taught, and everything that you might have planned for yourself. The quest compels you to seek after something other than yourself and your passions. It is the journey you have spent your entire life training for ~ hoping for. Penury City is a book of our times.

If the life you have been living has come up short on adventure, short on meaning, short on fulfillment, then why not give something entirely different a chance? Why not go on a journey of discovery to finally find out for yourself the answers to questions that have consumed humanity since the beginning of time: “Who is God? What does He want from me? Why does He hide from us?”

You will travel with a non-believer, an atheist of longstanding, who is going after the woman who left him to chase after the myth of God. You will also be accompanied by a seasoned religious who is well trained for this combat mission. There will be others who will join the expedition. Some will make it to the next leg of the journey; some will not. This is not an adventure for the faint of heart. You must be willing to go all the way. You must be willing to give everything. As one Penurian once said:

“Trust is a leap and the risks are incredible, almost unbearable, but the rewards of such a faith are unimaginable.”

Ready to start your adventure?

The journey to Penury City is not your typical story; not just a book for our times, it is a book of our times. This is the adventure promised by our fathers. It is the chance for the ultimate goal – to finally answer the question that has been burning in you for some time now: “God, are you there?”

God, are you there?

Penury City Trilogy a book of our times
Penury City Trilogy

The Adventure of Penury City is coming to Chicago July 27-29!

July 27-29 at the Catholic Marketing Network Conference and Trade show

Wounded Crow Publishing will present Thomas E, author of the Penury City Trilogy.

catholic marketing network conference

Penury City: The Peshar

Thomas E, author of the Penury City Trilogy, will be signing books and giving away this Penury City companion book titled:

The Peshar (The Interpretation).

The Penury City Trilogy is a new Catholic fiction novel series. It promises to be a book for our times – of our times. “In this trilogy, we not only have our eyes opened to what is going on in the world today, but also what we can expect in the next two or three decades. The backbone of his [Thomas’s] plot is based on a vision of the beginning of the End Days.”

If you haven’t read the series yet, the Peshar is a great companion to have alongside as you start the journey together with the author. Fall in love with the story that takes you on the adventure of a lifetime.

Thomas E is no stranger to ChiTown. Growing up and living in the Chicago area, he spent the first 32 years of his life eating deep dish pizza and taking in Lake Shore Drive. Though, he may no longer have that pronounced Chicago accent, you can still hear remnants of it from time to time. However, don’t take our word for it. Come to the Catholic Marketing Network Conference and hear for yourself! Find out why Penury City is being hailed as a must-read-book for the trying times of Christians today.

Come, walk with Thomas on this narrow path; it leads to a great adventure called Penury City!

The WCP Booth location #210 – right at the entrance!!