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1) Tell us about yourself.

Where to begin… I have spent more than 20 years preaching and teaching God's Word. After serving in the U.S. Air Force, I entered into public ministry and has served in four churches. I currently reside in a quiet mountain community in Washington State with my wife and three children where I serve as pastor.

When I’m not preaching or teaching God's word, I spend my time writing. My first novel, Shadows: Book of Aleth, Part One, was released in October, 2011 with the sequel, Revelation: Book of Aleth, Part Two due to release in the summer of 2012. I am an apprentice-level alumnus of the Christian Writer's Guild. I am a member of the Northwest Christian Writers Association and serve as a board member and a critique group facilitator.

I also serve on the executive board of the Northwest Baptist Convention and as an associate producer and Bible commentator on the Alive in Christ radio network.

Given the opportunity, I enjoy time on the golf course.

2) Is Shadows: Book of Aleth your first book?

No… my first book was a self-published Bible study called – Starting Out: A Study Guide for New Believers. It is an eight week workbook to help new and struggling Christians grow in their knowledge of God’s word.

3) Why did you chose the fantasy genre?

I chose the fantasy genre because it allowed me more freedom to share in an allegorical way. I grew up reading fantasy books from the likes of David Eddings, Piers Anthony, J.R.R. Tolkien and Elizabeth Boyer. I find that there is great power in good story-telling and that much truth can be woven into such tales.

4) What advice can you give to new writers?

The first thing I would advise new writers to do is hone your craft. Proverbs says, “If the ax is dull and its edge unsharpened, much strength is needed. But skill will bring success.” Unless you hone your craft, you will find the road far more difficult than it needs to be. It is hard enough to break into the publishing world; there is no need to make it nearly impossible.

The second piece of advice I would share is: never give up! Opportunity might knock, but it takes perseverance to open the door. You may receive a score of rejections from agents and editors, but there will be that one who sees the same potential in your work that you do – and that one will only be found if you will press your way to them.

5) What sequels to Shadows: Book of Aleth is in the works?

The second book – Revelation: Book of Aleth, Part Two, is due to be released this summer, though the exact date is still to be revealed. J

6) Do you have any upcoming writing projects other than Shadows: Book of Aleth?

Yes, I do! I’ve kept it “close to the chest” as it were, not sharing too much about it. Suffice it to say, it is a Christian political suspense novel and it is nearly done. I hope to have it to a publisher before the spring.

7) Shadows: Book of Aleth is a work of Christian fiction. How did you weave the Christian worldview into the story?

This is a great question! There are many “hints” at the Christian worldview. First, in the terminology – I use several words that are derivatives of Greek words from the Scriptures. The term “Aleth” is the Greek word for “truth.” So, in essence, the main character (Aaron) has taken on the quest to search for the “Book of Truth.”

The main villain is Therion the Usurper who has assumed the role of emperor over the nation. He is the incarnation of evil and uses deception and fear to maintain control of the population. The Book of Aleth is the only means that exists to destroy his web of lies and so he fears the book more than any artifact.

There are incidents of divine intervention and encounters with races that understand the reality of the Creator. Aaron realizes that more than chance or happenstance guides his journey and he begins to believe that he has a providential destiny—one that is linked to the history of the book.

And, ultimately, there is the great inner battle of good-vs.-evil that plague all mankind. Aaron struggles in his heart to decide his course. But the hunger for truth wins out and he pursues the Book of Aleth no matter the cost.

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