Randy Willis is an American novelist, biographer, rancher, and music publisher.
Randy Willis is the author of Twice a Slave, Three Winds Blowing, Louisiana Wind, Beckoning Candle, The Apostle to the Opelousas, The Story of Joseph Willis, and many magazine and newspaper articles.
Randy Willis...novels about adventure, family, faith, and the character of a man that touched generations.
Coming soon: A series of Children's Storybooks beginning with Ole Sally Swims the Mighty Mississippi.
Josh Willis, Adam Willis, Randy Willis & Aaron Willis
Randy and Josh Willis
Twice a Slave, the play
7 minutes long with several periods of silence
a nonfiction novel
Randy Willis's newest novel, Beckoning Candle, is available now!
Beckoning Candle is a sweeping family saga that spans four centuries. It is the story of two great nations and Randy Willis's ancestor’s struggle from tyranny—religious and political.
To better understand this saga, it will help if you know a little about my ancestry dating back to 1575.
John Willis and William Bradford were born in England in the 16th century. Both were Separatists because they separated from the Church of England, ruled by a king.
They were later contemporaries in the small village of Plymouth Colony, in the New World—America. They both lived out their lives there.
Generations later two of their descendants fell in love! But I’m getting ahead of myself.
Louisiana Wind |Randy Willis Author
“The best men I’ve known have been cowmen. There’s a code they live by—it’s their way of life. It starts with an abiding reverence for the Good Lord. They’re taught to honor and respect their parents and to share both blanket and bread. Their words are their bond, a handshake their contract. They’re good stewards of His creation, the land. They believe the words in His Book.
Learn from these men—from their stories of triumph over tragedy—victory over adversity, for the wisdom of others blows where it wishes—like a Louisiana Wind.”
—Daniel Hubbard Willis Jr., 1900
This is the story of such men....
Three Winds Blowing | Randy Willis Author
The captivating story of Solomon Northup's pastor and James Bowie's neighbor Joseph Willis.
The son of a white man and Cherokee slave, Joseph Willis, gains his freedom and swims the mighty Mississippi on a mule.
Driven by three winds...
* a wind of freedom driving him from North Carolina
* a mighty rushing wind compelling him across the Mississippi River into the Louisiana Territory
* a wind of war fueled by slavery
Rooted in a time of tradition and chivalry, Joseph discovers a land of innocence lost.
His life converges with Louisiana contemporaries, including Solomon Northup, James Bowie, William Prince Ford, Edwin Epps, John Murrell, John Audubon, Baroness Micaela Almonester de Pontalba, Jean Lafitte and voodoo queen Marie Laveau, as well as Texas Ranger Jack C. Hays.
Inspired by a true story
Twice a Slave | Randy Willis Author
Randy Willis tells the raw-boned epic, based on his own ancestor, that gives American history a new face and a fresh voice.
A novel about adventure, family, faith and the character of a man that touched generations.