Monday, August 22, 2011

Sharon Dow's "Antipas: Martyr"

Title: Antipas: Martyr
Publisher: Deep River Books

Cover blurb: Young Antipas is steeped in the religion of Zeus but his belief that there must be more to life finds him rejected and driven away from his own family and home. Overwhelmed by his loss, he cowers in the darkness when an opportunity arises for him to leave behind his troubles and embark on a new life. On the ancient Roman road through the wilderness of Asia, Antipas finds a new friend in Epaphras who teaches him everything he can about Christ. Laying his life on the line, he lives in danger from his own father and brothers as he grapples with the forces of good and evil in an epic battle for his soul.

1) How did this story come to you?
I was reading in the book of Revelation chapter two where Christ is talking to the church of Pergamum. He mentioned Antipas, his faithful witness who was martyred where Satan lives. I was intrigued and did some research on him. He is not mentioned anywhere else in the Bible, and there is little historical information about him. I decided to write his story.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
As a new author, it is hard to break into the publishing world. Major publishing companies state on their websites that they do not accept manuscripts from new authors. One site directed me to Christian Manuscript Submissions, an online site where you can (for a fee) post information about your manuscript. I did this and was approached by Deep River Books. When they read my manuscript, they suggested I have it critiqued, which I did. Then I did a revision of the book and submitted it again. This time it was accepted!

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
1. I spent 27 years in the field of Education as a junior high teacher and principal of an elementary Christian School.
2. I have a great desire to travel to Russia. This country has long fascinated me as I have read many stories set in Russia prior to the Revolution.
3. I love politics and have harbored a secret dream to run for office at the federal level.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I have completed the manuscript for ‘Pergamum: Satan’s Throne’ which is the sequel to ‘Antipas: Martyr’. I have over 22,000 words written on a third book titled ‘Huldah: Prophetess’. This is a stand-alone book and is based on the life of Huldah found in 2 Kings and 2 Chronicles. She was a prophetess when Josiah was King.

5) Parting comments?
Writing for me is pure joy. It has been a life-long dream to write a book. Now that I have had my first book published, my dream has expanded. I now want to write 10. I have ideas for all ten and maybe more.

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
My website is and I can be found on facebook – Sharon Dow and/or Antipas: Martyr.


  1. your book sounds interesting, I have been reading historical Christian novels, like Francine Rivers Sons of Encouragement lately.

  2. ANTIPAS: MARTYR Looks like a fascinating read.


  3. Every one of your books sounds fascinating - Hulda, and this one. Interesting that Antipas is only mentioned in Revelation - thanks for sharing and I pray your book does ell.


  4. I love to hear that writing is pure joy for the author.
    It sure makes me want to read her writing.
    Thanks for the chance to win her book.
    Charlotte Kay
    charlovesmark at gmail dot com

  5. Wow! You're the first person I've ever seen who was approached after posting to Christian Manuscript Submissions. Kudos to you! I'd love to read your book.
    twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

  6. thanks for the chance to read this wonderful story :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  7. we really want to win we will have lots of joy

  8. Your Antipas: Martyr book sounds thrilling in every possible way with the forces of good and evil and I so admire you writing about Jesus and Satan. Please enter me in the free drawing. Thank you! Daisy Adams

  9. Thanks everyone for your comments. I am excited to choose one of you to win the free book! I hope all of you will find a copy of
    Antipas and enjoy the story. Watch for the sequel, 'Pergamum: Satan's Throne' coming in 2012!