Skydiver, award-winning photographer, teacher, jewelry-maker, doctor of education, mother of three, grandmother of seven, missionary, case judge/consultant to a federal court monitor, world traveler ...
In her typically humble and unassuming way, Thweatt added a new entry to her impressive list of accomplishments this summer with the publication of her first novel, Deceptions of Angels. Projected as the first in a trilogy, Deceptions of Angels is a unique blend of historical fiction, Bible prophecy, and modern science within the context of a compelling story of love and betrayal.
Thweatt penned the novel under the pseudonym Amelia Glynn, as a tribute to her dear aunt.
On Sunday, Sept. 8, Thweatt will showcase her book locally at a reception and book signing at the Buzz, located at 141 West Court Avenue in Selmer. The public is invited to attend the event (1:00-3:00 pm) and meet the author. Refreshments will be served. Interested individuals may purchase a copy of the novel at the reception and have it signed by the author. The novel is also available in paperback from nailprintspress.com and on Kindle at amazon.com.
Marti Thweatt was over 50 when she started writing the novel. Her father had just died, her mother had Alzheimer’s, and she was dealing with the realization that she was not going to live forever. “It was the perfect time to start a new project,” Thweatt said
The author traveled to Jerusalem and to Turin, Italy, to conduct research for Deceptions of Angels. She crafted the story over the span of several years, then placed the manuscript lovingly inside a drawer. As it rested, she earned a doctorate in education and published short stories, poetry and scholarly papers.
Thweatt reminisced, “I remember thinking about who I was going to let publish my first novel. Yes, I was quite naïve. I sent letters of inquiry and the first three chapters to various publishers, only to be told repeatedly, ‘We are not accepting unsolicited manuscripts at this time.’”
Disheartened and wounded by repeated rejections, Thweatt was encouraged by her pastor, who kept telling her to believe in herself as a writer and to believe in her story.
Weeks turned into months, and months turned into years. Her manuscript remained in the drawer. She quit trying to secure a publisher. When asked what she was doing to get her book published, she responded, “I’m not doing anything. If God wants that book published, He will send a publisher knocking on my door.”
In December of 2012, on Marti’s 65th birthday, she got a call from Nail Prints Press. Thweatt’s first novel is now available in traditional paperback and electronic format. It has been compared with the Left Behind series, a set of sixteen end-times novels by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins.
“I always knew Deceptions was going to be published. I knew I was given the story to write for a purpose and when God was ready He would provide the means for publication. However, just like the characters in my novel, I wasted a lot of energy thinking 'I' had to provide the means.”
Marti, who grew up in Iuka, and her husband, Charles, have recently relocated to their beach home on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
(Dr. Delise Teague is in charge of public relations, teacher induction and professional development with the McNairy County School System. She is a former Tennessee Teacher of the Year.)