Career Journalist Turns Novelist
R. LeRoy Green, a career journalist turned fiction writer, has just published a compelling debut novel entitled The Zealot. Book one in The Anvil Trilogy, The Zealot is a powerful psychological drama—a story of faith challenged.
When your most deeply held convictions come into conflict, they can tear you apart.
Randall LeRoy Green (the middle name rhymes with deploy) published his first poem at age twelve, started a novel (never submitted for publication) at age fourteen, began publishing articles in national magazines at age nineteen, and co-authored a best selling non-fiction book during his first semester in college.
After youthful stints as a farm hand, construction worker, printer, soldier, and missionary, Rand became a reporter for a daily newspaper while still in college, then was hired for his first position on the editorial staff of a magazine. Over the years, he has published more than 12,000 articles (the equivalent of about eighty 300-page books) on a wide variety of subjects in numerous consumer and trade publications. It left little time for writing fiction.
That all changed recently. After publishing book of poetry in 2018, Rand now focuses on writing novels. The Zealot is his first published novel. His second will be out shortly, he is working on third—a sequel to The Zealot, which he hopes to finish in early 2020—and there will be (hopefully many) more to come.
He writes fiction as R. LeRoy Green, poetry and religious nonfiction as Randall L. Green, and other nonfiction as Rand Green.
Rand now lives in rural Idaho with his lovely wife JoAnne, who puts up with his puns and sometimes even laughs at them, and with whom he shares a passion for gardening, good food, great books, inspiring music, and old movies.
Read more about R. LeRoy Green HERE.
About The Zealot
The Zealot, a debut novel by career journalist R. LeRoy Green, is a story of faith challenged—a powerful psychological drama to which anyone can relate who has ever become disenchanted with a creed, a cult, an ideology, an organization, or an individual once held in high regard.
Calen Woodridge is a young missionary born in the faith and steeped in the rigid doctrines of his church—including the proclamation that its leaders spoke for God and were to be obeyed. Gifted and zealous, Calen seemed destined for a rapid rise to leadership until false rumors of misconduct reached the mission prelate. Without giving Calen a hearing, Prelate Garvey demoted him.
Dazed but undeterred and even more determined to make his mission a success, Calen worked to regain his unjustly tarnished reputation. Then a new prelate arrived who was quick to assume the worst about him.
When Calen refused to go along with other missionaries in his group on an excursion that was in direct violation of church policy, he was shocked by the new prelate’s reaction. Rather than commend him, Prelate Boyden made unfounded assumptions, censured him, refused to allow discussion, and reassigned him to mundane tasks at mission headquarters where he could be watched and kept out of trouble.
But Calen’s troubles continued to compound, his clashes with Boyden escalated, and his spiritual anguish intensified.
Upon facing a difficult personal decision, Calen made the decision prayerfully and acted as he believed the Spirit directed. But Boyden was outraged. He impugned Calen’s motives, questioned his devotion, and demanded that he recant or be sent home in disgrace.
How was it possible, Calen wondered, that a church leader could command him in the name of God to disobey the Spirit of God?
Which directive would Calen obey?
Could his faith survive the dilema?
And would he ever be able to face his family and friends again?