Soul-searching writers published

November 25, 2007|By JULIE E. GREENE

One is exposing his soul through poetry and the other is trying to get people to re-evaluate their souls through a fictional novel.

Khary H. Tolliver of Hagerstown has had his second book of poems published, "More Poems from Khary's Poem Journal: My Thoughts, My Feelings."

Brian D. Sandell from Boonsboro has written a religious suspense thriller that delves into what makes people happy - personal relationships or material possessions.

We live in a society that is largely materialistic and that's not making people happy, said Sandell, 21, a junior at Grove City College in Grove City, Pa., where he studies Christian ministries.


"The Wager, " released this summer, is about a guy who does something he regrets and gets dumped by his girlfriend for another guy, Sandell said.

"One night he gets a mysterious visit through a supernatural force and is given a proposition," Sandell said. "He has a chance at a lifetime of happiness, but he has to give up custody of his son.

As a student at Heritage Academy west of Hagerstown, Sandell had entered poetry and essay contests and had a couple poems published on an Internet site for young poets.

As a freshman at Grove City College, Sandell had some problems with his grades that caused him to lose some scholarship money so he decided to try writing a book to help pay for college.

He's already writing his second book, another religious suspense thriller that deals with defining success.

Writing might turn into a career, but his first career goal is to be a youth minister, Sandell said. His father, Mark Sandell, is the minister at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Williamsport.

Tolliver, a Verizon employee in Ashburn, Va., recently finished his third book of poetry, which he expects to get published in 2008.

The poetry in Tolliver's second volume is inspired by everyday life; his son, Daimen, 9; and current events.

"Most of my poems are just a piece of my mind and (about) things going on today," said Tolliver, 34.

They include "What's Really Going On," modeled after the late singer Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On." In that poem Tolliver reflects on "so much going wrong."

Tolliver makes some of his poems available at his Web site, Through that site, people can post comments about his poetry or e-mail him.

Khary H. Tolliver's new book of poems is available for $14.99 through and

Brian D. Sandell's "The Wager," is available for $19.95 through or e-mail Sandell at


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