Nothing Good is Free is the sequel to The Good Fight released in September of 2011 by Brighton Publishing. The series which will eventually include the final installment, The Price We Pay, was originally conceived during a sermon at the 2009 Indiana Christian Youth Convention. I wanted to write a story involving a young hero’s maturation that would symbolize how hard it can be for Christians to make the right decisions day in and day out; our Good Fight. My hero, Jeff, has an interesting relationship with his vigilante mentor, Jim, and must learn to fight for what is right regardless of the consequences. Jeff’s maturation as a hero is a Christian’s maturation from the beginning where we choose Christ (Jeff’s acceptance of becoming a vigilante) to where we eventually “leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity,” Hebrews 6:1 (Jeff fully takes on the roll of vigilante).
What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
I love anything that has adventure in it. Mystery, Sci-fi, Fantasy… I think Treasure Island might be one of my all-time favorites. I also love The Last of the Mohicans and The Lord of the Rings. Ted Dekker has done some work that I have really enjoyed. I can even do Romance if the author can sneak just a bit of adventure in.
Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why?
In The Good Fight, the role of the detective was very small and I didn’t even take time to mention his name. In the newly released sequel, Nothing Good is Free, the detective role is expanded immensely. Detective Martell is an older, experienced detective and for whatever his reasons are, has stayed a morally strong man. God puts him into Jeff’s life and together the two of them accomplish a lot that they could not have done alone. I really liked writing his character because he ends up in a very complicated situation between defending Jeff and protecting himself. Managing that puzzle was, in my opinion, a great example of something that we just have to leave to God to take care of for us.
What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?
I smile a lot, but my 12 month old daughter, Ella, is what makes me smile the most right now. My wife and I love to just sit on the living room floor and play with her, or just watch her play with her toys. She and my wife are the greatest gift I could imagine God could give me.
What is your favorite season of the year?
Fall is probably the most beautiful. Spring is the most magical, and Christmas is easily my favorite time of year. That being said, summer is far and away my favorite season. I was raised on a lake here in small-town Indiana, and I love to swim, water-ski, etc. One of my favorite things in the world is to lie on the end of the pier and read a good book. I don’t think anything could be more relaxing.
Has some place you have traveled inspired something in your writing?
I love to use places I’ve traveled to in my books. My Good Fight series is based in Chicago. My mother grew up there, and I’ve spent a good deal of time there over the years. I love being able to picture the area I’m writing about in my head as I write it.
Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
I consider Tolkien and CS Lewis to by my biggest inspirations. I love to write the conflict of good versus evil in a way that is heavily influenced by God. In Nothing Good is Free as well as in The Good Fight, I used characters here and there that God sent to my heroes for direction and/or support. I leave most of the imagery to the reader, but for a Christian reader I hope the depth of the reading increases.
Where do you escape for some quiet time to reflect, pray, read, etc?
Oddly, I escape to my kitchen table. Every morning I wake up early and take time to read and pray as I eat breakfast. I’m alone usually although sometimes my wife likes to join me, and it’s so nice to sit in the quiet and read God’s word. It also gives me a sense of support for the upcoming day. It’s nice knowing that he’s there. I think if I had to do this all on my own that I would probably fall apart.
When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
My next planned book is the third book in the Good Fight series titled The Price We Pay. It will conclude the series and wrap up Jeff’s story as the vigilante in Chicago. I hope to have it released in the summer of 2014.
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