Sunday, September 12, 2010

5 Hope Unseen: Inspiration For Writers in an Unlikely Place

This piece of inspiration combines two things that are near and dear to my heart-- writing and our troops. When my husband passed along the story of Army Captain Scotty Smiley, I had to find out more. Scotty, as his friends and family call him, was serving in Iraq in 2005 when a car bomb left him blind. Fast forward five years, and Scotty is now the first active-duty Army officer to serve without sight. He also has a new book out this month through Simon & Schuster.

You can read Scotty's story here.

Scotty's book Hope Unseen: The Truimphant Faith of Scotty Smiley released September 9th.

I hope you're as inspired by this story as I was. As writers, this proves that nothing can stop us from getting published if we are willing to overcome obstacles. As an American, I couldn't be more proud of our courageous troops and their families.

Thanks for your service, Scotty!



  1. Awesome post, Marissa. Now that's inspirational.

  2. I'm so glad you posted this! I'm blown away by this inspirational story. Amazing.

  3. Wow! I'm super impressed - and I love the title -says so much. Thanks for the tip :)

  4. My eldest is serving in the Middle East and I am inspired everyday by the strength and courage these young troops possess. Wow...just wow. No more whining about not meeting my word count for the day or the fact that my knees ache etc. No excuses!Scotty is my inspiration.

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