Those who write stories for a living–and those who have studied storywriting–have long been steered away from the contrivance of deus ex machina, the “god from the machine,” that is described by the Oxford Dictionary as: “an unexpected power or event saving a seemingly hopeless situation, especially as a contrived plot device in a play … More How to Write about Miracles in Christian Novels
The Jesus Boy (The Lightbearer Series, Book 1) by Sean Elliot Russell. 291 pages. Amazon.com Services. As an author, I’m in the business of writing to tell stories. As a Christian, I’m in the business of writing to share the good news of Jesus Christ with the world. I always consider it a blessing when … More Review: “The Jesus Boy” by Sean Elliot Russell
Stolen Shroud by Daniel Westlund. For the Win Publishing. 334 pages. I’ve said in this blog before that one of my biggest criticisms of Christian fiction is that writers either focus on the spiritual aspect without the story, or the story aspect and lose the spiritual aspect. It’s hard to do both effectively. I think … More Review: “Stolen Shroud” by Daniel Westlund
Daclaxvia: Book 1: Nascent by D. John Cliffson. Self-published. 294 pages. As I have mentioned here before, I belong to a thread on Goodreads of Speculative Christian Fiction authors who trade books and end up reviewing and critiquing each other’s books every few months. I have two lined up in the next two months, and … More Review: “Daclaxvia: Book 1: Nascent” by D. John Cliffson
This is the second semester of my 21st year of teaching college level students. And believe it or not, after teaching 42 semesters of classes, I still get nervous when I think about my classes. Do I know what I am talking about? Am I prepared? Will the students see through the facade I put … More What, Me Worry?
I attended a writer’s conference in Park City, Utah back in 2007 because I had a question in my head. I’d been writing for quite a while, but mostly for my own people. When I say “my own people,” I talk about members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. There’s about a million of us in … More Big fish in a small pond…or small fish in a big pond?
Author: Dear God… God: Glen! Good to hear from you! How are you doing? Author: Fine. Sorry, it’s been a while. I’ve been busy. I have something to ask you. God: Of course you do. Why else would you be here? Author: I need help with my book sales. God: (pauses) Are you sure you … More An Author’s Conversation with God
The Kingdom: Here Be Dragons, Here Be Dreams by Joanne Rolston. JKR Publishing. 311 Pages. This was another book designated to me as part of a thread on Goodreads for those interested in Christian Speculative Fiction. I’m blessed to be a part of that thread, both as someone whose able to contribute manuscripts and someone … More Review: “The Kingdom–Here Be Dragons, Here Be Dreams” by Joanne Rolston
Despite my better sense, I’ve been mulling over the sequel to the book I just launched, Soul Survivor. Here’s a taste: Salzburg, Austria After his introduction, the gray-haired man in his 60s got up from his chair on the platform amid applause from the small audience. He looked out over the thirty-some people in the … More Short Story: “The Serpent and the Dove”
Here’s another sneak peek at Soul Survivor, my new book featuring Connie Simescu, the UT Austin student caught up in a crazy war between good and evil. You can get the ebook for a limited time for 99 cents right here. After Ruth and Josh left in the ambulance, the U.S. marshals continued to search … More Sneak Peek #3: “Soul Survivor”