Hollis Arban is one of the authors who hope to have a positive impact upon their reader’s life. Through Arban’s works, he hopes that the readers learn the true beauty of grace, love, and forgiveness. He also hopes that the readers, instead of being bound by the past, can look forward to the possibilities of the future.
Birth date: Febuary 21, 1937
Birthplace: Hillsboro, Alabama
Genre: Fantasy with author’s license to tell reality it as he wishes it to be (styled after L’Amour’s tales of the old west)
No. of Books Written: 1. Three in process.
- Mr. “A” was the nickname given the author by his math students for his love of Algebra the first year he taught and coached middle school football. That first year, none of his players could catch Mr. A on a 100-yard dash with him running backwards. Hollis was still playing competitive touch football in the park at 60 years of age. Now, 81, he coaches and plays tennis with his math students.
- In Struggles of the Soul, Hal is the author, playing his own story, with author’s license to tell a tale, of course, weaving tales of his youth and mid-life challenges into his novel, as Hal mentors the young fictious family in a beautiful story of family life and friendships as we would all like it. You will see the author’s heart as he interacts with each member of the family.
- Hollis shows a dark side in Struggles of the Soul, as Hal tells tales over coffee of corporate and personal challenges – sheepishly admitting that he reacted like one of Louis L’Amour’s 19th century Texas gun hands would have. Only those who knew the author can separate the truth from fiction.
Notable Characters Created
Marge is your sweet “Soccer Mom.” A stay home Mom who loves and enjoys her husband and her three kids. You will see her in the park in the opening scene of Struggles of the Soul with her head in her husband Bill’s lap happily reading while the kids play. Marge meets Hal and slowly discovers in him the Dad she missed – her dad dying in the military service when she was a baby. She picks away at Hal until she breaks through his protective shell, in her search for what she believes to be the heart of Hal’s sadness – although he hides it well with his outgoing personality. Hal tells her of his loves and losses.
While Marge is picking away at Hal, he in turn, discovers her loneliness and, with the help of Jen, develops a plan to rekindle that special-spark which has been lost between Marge and Bill. Look for the “Fishing trip” and the “Plan” as the story unfolds.