Wayne Jacobsen, an author who consulted on the writing of the novel and formed the company that would later publish it, wrote a blog last year to answer some of the accusations from critics of The Shack. The first and only book written by a salesman from Oregon, it was never supposed to be published. The Shack is the unlikeliest of success stories. 4680 Cale Norte, Newbury Park, CA 91320. William Paul Young, best-selling author of The Shack with 18 million copies sold, released his second book, Cross Roads, this week and said that his new book may even be better than his first. Phone: 805-498-2484. Fax: 805-499-4260. Email: office@windblownmedia.com Web: Windblown Media Question: Who wrote the novel The Shack? The Shack: The Shack is an inspirational novel about forgiveness. "Cross Roads is a broader story and in some respects it's a better story just because I've grown some," Young told Walden Media president Michael Flaherty during an interview webcast live on Tuesday. William P. Young wrote the tale for the benefit of his children and after its completion in 2005, it was copied and bound at Kinko’s in time for him to give it to his children for Christmas.