I studied transhumanism—something most Christians have never heard of—for a while before I began writing Wake the Dead. But that wasn’t what I intended to write about. I’d planned on writing a satire about game shows—how people go nuts when they win any little prize. But I couldn’t stretch the premise into a novel. Then I wondered what it would be like if the prizes on my game show were outrageous. And that led to the show’s host becoming a transhuman.
What started you on your writing journey?
Learning to read. As soon as I could read, I started writing. I have some poems I wrote when I was six.
Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote?
Of course, it would have to be Chase Sterling. He’s not very likable in the beginning of the story. But underneath the self-serving ego is a man with a good heart. I loved peeling away the narcissistic layers and discovering why God chose to use Chase in such a surprising way.
What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
I wrote a book about transhumanism. I’m still getting asked why I did it.
I have conversations with people in my head. They might be real friends or they might be characters. On the surface, I’m an introvert. I don’t really like to talk too much. But I love to write dialogue, so I guess that habit has a purpose.
What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?
My three-year-old grandson. He’s one of the brightest people I’ve ever met.
What is your favorite season of the year?
Fall. It’s such a relief when the air stops sticking to me.
Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
Laundry. I hate it. I would like to invent disposable clothes—wear and toss. (Biodegradable, of course.)
Hmmm. Biodegradable disposable clothes. I like it!
Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
The simplicity of the Gospel. The future of the Church. The reach of God beyond my own experience in the comfortable world of the American Christian.
When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
I have turned in the manuscript for what I hope will be the next book about Chase Sterling. Patiently waiting word on that submission.
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