I get the ideas for my books from many places.  Planning a murder takes a long time.  There are a lot of details to work out.  I tend to have insomnia, so nights when I cannot sleep I think about planning the ‘perfect’ murder.  I try to figure out what could go wrong and how to avoid it.  The murders that take place in Shattered Dreams took me over a year to resolve.  They had to be so well thought out that they were almost unsolvable.

Some of my ideas come from past event in my own life and the lives of my friends and family.  The Color of Thunder had a lot of true events.  Those were explained in the e-book.  In the e-book version, you’ll hear my voice about a dozen times explaining how and why certain things happened.

I recently posted the following statement on my FB page.  WARNING!!!  I AM AN AUTHOR.  ANYTHING YOU SAY OR DO MAY WIND UP IN MY NEXT BOOK!!!

I  received an immediate response from a good friend.  “Thanks for the warning.”

“Too late.”  I advised.  Then I went on to remind her of a funny event from back when we were in high school, and let her know it also happens in Shattered Dreams.

I even told my Worship Leader at church that I was putting him in my next book.  I then explained to him how much I love the Praise and Worship music so much more than the old hymns.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the hymns too, but would rather sing the new music.  One Sunday, the music was ALL hymns.  That’s when I told him, there will be a character named Colt in my next book.  Then I warned him that if he did another service with hymns only, I would kill off his character and it would be a slow and painful death.

I work for a man named Johnny.  Johnny is in several of my books.  I haven’t killed him off yet, but I threaten him constantly.  Whenever he gives me a hard time (frequently), I remind him that the end is near, and it won’t be pretty.

Wait, what?  I can use my books to threaten people?  Wow?  Who knew?

Amazon Review ButtonI hope you enjoy reading The Color of Thunder.  If you feel so inclined, please leave a review, they really help.  Thank You. -Elsie

New! The Color of Thunder by Elsie Varn Harrell

“Another amazing story by Elsie Varn Harrell!  What a great reminder of the gift available to all of us – if only we choose to accept it.”   V. Green

“If people aren’t touched by this book, they cannot be touched.”  J. Brayton

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Joseph is an ambitious new reporter who sees his chance to make a name for himself by taking on a popular local church.  Pastor Thunder fears that his own shortcomings are what’s keeping the young man from becoming a Christian.  However, Joseph is out to prove that you don’t have to be a Christian to be one of the “good guys”.


Their adversarial affiliation gives rise to a strained but close relationship that leaves this unlikely duo questioning their individual beliefs.  They continue to clash-both learning important truths about themselves and each other.  Will the budding reporter realize he may have been wrong in his assumptions or will a scathing expose destroy the church and ruin the pastor’s lifelong ministry?

As the life story of Pastor Thunder unfolds, you’ll laugh, and you’ll cry as you learn exactly what made him the man he is today.

Buy-Now-Amazon-ButtonColor: Black & White on White paper

Size: 6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Page Count: 252 pages
ISBN-13: 978-978-1079155884
ISBN-10: 1079155880
BISAC: Fiction / Thriller / General


Published by Elsie Varn Harrell

When Elsie decided to try her hand at writing a novel, Fire Light Fire Bright was born followed by Dreams Never Lie -which quickly became her publisher’s first Best-Selling Series. The Color of Thunder was published right between Dreams are Forever and Shattered Dreams. Elsie was born in Brooksville, Florida. Some of her fondest memories were swimming at Pine Island in the nearby Gulf of Mexico. Weeki Wachee Springs is where she learned to swim. In the early 1980’s, Elsie and her three children, Katie, Lisa G. and Jes moved to Texas. Shortly after moving to North Central Texas, Elsie met her husband Ronnie on a blind date and after a whirlwind courtship, they married in April 1987. After 34 years, they're still going strong.

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