A Tale of Tragedy, Testing and Triumph

Three Nails (A Tale of Tragedy, Testing and Triumph)



Three Nails (A Tale of Tragedy, Testing and Triumph)

In the blink of an eye a family is shattered. 

Three Nails tells the story of a man whose life is shatter by the death of his son. Month by month, from August to June, we are taken on a journey of pain, healing and redemption. The effects of a tragic accident send a wave of change through a family, a marriage, and a career. It’s the story of a teacher whose daily interaction with colleagues and students act as a magnifying glass on his troubled soul.

Just a dawn follows the darkness the return of a prodigal child brings healing in an unexpected way. James 1:12 assures us, “Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.”

Sometimes all of our hurts can be as simple as Three Nails.

Micheal Maxwell steps away from his bestselling Cole Sage series to tell a story of Life, Death and an American Teacher.

You might also enjoy the Cole Sage Series:

“Micheal Maxwell has found a niche in the mystery genre with The Cole Sage Series that departs from the usual, heavily sexual, profanity laced norm, and gives readers a character driven stories, with twists, turns, and page turning plot lines, but most of all a hero they can relate to and root for with each new case he finds himself involved in.”


Interview with the Author


Q - So, tell us about Three Nails. How did this book come about? What makes it special?

A – I had written three of the books in the Cole Sage series and I didn’t want to burn out on Cole, so I decided to take a break. Sadly, and coincidentally, it came at a time a lifelong friend lost his son in a traffic accident. I was struck by the impact tragedy and grief play in our lives. So the narrator of Three Nails walks us through his journey of tragedy and hope. The setting is one school year. Even in loss life drags us forward. So we see a veteran teacher keep a brave face while coming to grips with his loss. I think in terms of contemporary literary fiction Three Nails brings a unique approach to the telling of the story.

It is a kind of spiritual journey as well. Death always brings questions of what we truly believe. Is there a Heaven, a God, a meaning to our daily grind? I think what makes this book special is, it speaks to the thoughts and fear we have all felt and shows that there is hope and healing.

Q – You call Three Nails - A Literary Tale of Tragedy and Hope. Why?

I am tired of “woe is me”, “I’m a victim” stories. I think it is time for contemporary literary fiction, and even contemporary Christian fiction, to be more accessible to a broader market. A story can be told in relevant terms that ask questions and provide the reader an opportunity to come to a better understanding of themselves. There are a lot of bestsellers that don’t do that.

By using humor and a real world look at family, work, and classroom situations we have all been in, it humanizes the main character and helps everyone see a bit of themselves in him.

Q - Why would our readers want to read Three Nails?

A – First off, I don’t want Three Nails to sound like a downer. It is after all a tale of tragedy and Hope! That’s why I think a lot of people will be touched by the story and want to read it. I think readers are smarter than a lot of authors give them credit for, a lot of literary fiction, contemporary new adult, and contemporary literary fiction currently available on kindle books are either talking down to the reader or so far over their heads there is a disconnect.

Coming from a mystery/thriller background as a writer and years of teaching literature, I think people want something that they can embrace as part of their life experience. The story of Three Nails does just that. We can cry, laugh, get angry, and reflect on who we are as a person, and what we mean to those around us. Literary works do not have to be so “artsy” people can’t relate to them.

Q- Thanks for giving our readers a look inside Three Nails.



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