Tuesday, November 8, 2011

with Ryan Grabow

E-book giveaway!!

Welcome to the Barn Door Book Loft, Ryan!
Is there a story behind this book?

It abides by the saying “If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.” Being a fan of novels like Snow Crash and movies like The Matrix I was disappointed to see how little representation Christ had in popular sci-fi. There are works which make such an impact on our culture: the creative, unapologetically modern, rule-breaking ones which speak so much to younger audiences. They’re asking the questions about life, and the secular humanists are the only ones answering effectively. This gap in Christian fiction just doesn’t need to be there. I feel the Lord has called me to help fill it.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
I like stories that have a lasting impact on me. The lighter stuff is okay for what it is, but I’m always longing to find that next deep novel. The best work messes with my head a little and makes me think, sprouting questions which lead back to me and the world I live in. I want to see the book’s message playing out among the characters, and not as something forced in, but as something organic and inseparable from the story.

Just A Couple of Days by Tony Vigorito is one of my favorite books. It strikes a good balance between philosophical tone and action, revolving around one of my favorite questions: how the way we communicate shapes human society.

What is your strangest habit?
I collected TV Guides when I was younger. Not covers, but regions. Whenever my parents (and later, I) drove across the country I would pick up a copy from each city we passed. By the time I stopped, I’d collected 42 U.S. editions and one from Canada.

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
Dishes have a tendency to pile up. My cue to do them is when I run out of clean silverware (after substituting forks and spoons for the knives first, of course).

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.
Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. Isaiah 1:18 (KJV)
I love that God is reasonable, and that reason dictates he should want to redeem us. This verse reminds me that all the world’s misconceptions about God are just fallacy, even when they slap the “reason” and “objective” labels on it. Once people get to know Jesus (rather than religion), true reason will never lead them away.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
Caffeine will be released by Splashdown Books on November 15. It is my debut novel: Science Fiction with a lot of Cyberpunk influence. The story plays out in Dynamic Reality, which is my vision of the internet’s future. Gaming in particular has advanced, so that players are fully immersed in simulated environments which are completely real. Of course, this makes it possible to still be online and not even know it.

Brandon Dauphin uses the extremely realistic games to run away from his real life, one he doesn’t even value until it’s too late. Fortunately Aether, the virus who traps him in Dynamic Reality, turns out to share his burden. She fights her destructive instincts and sets out to learn about the race that created hers, only to find herself wondering who in turn created them. In time, Brandon and Aether become partners chasing the same answers to existential crises.
The story isn’t so much in-your-face-Praise-Jesus evangelism as an argument for why faith works. We flesh out “the question” which has been weighing on Brandon from its very foundations, progressing from secular to religious, from the objective to the subjective (and who can be more objective than an emotionless A.I.?). None of the main characters start as Christians, and there are no churches or Bibles until 2/3 through the book. It’s a fairly unique approach to Christian Fiction, and I hope the first of many.

Ryan is giving away an e-book copy of Caffeine. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

1 comment:

Anne Payne said...

I have a 17 yr old who might like to read this one.


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