Are We Alone? or, Extraterrestrial Life and the Christian Author – Part 1

Recently there’s been a rash of blog posts saying that Ken Ham says aliens can’t be saved. The whole thing is something of a quote-mine because what Ken actually said was that he didn’t believe aliens even existed, largely because of the theological problems they would represent, including impugning on the specialness of Earth and … More Are We Alone? or, Extraterrestrial Life and the Christian Author – Part 1

How to Cut 33,500 Words From Your Your Novel Without Checking Into An Asylum

For the benefit of any prospective Christian authors out there, and for the sake of my narcissism, I thought I’d give you a look inside my editing process. Once upon a time, Johnny Came Home went through what I thought was its last round of edits, yet because the Bible says that wisdom is found in … More How to Cut 33,500 Words From Your Your Novel Without Checking Into An Asylum

Haters Gonna Hate, or Dirty Words & the Christian Author – Part 2

We’ve discussed various ways a Christian author handles writing a character who cusses in my last post. In this one, I want to look at how we handle a character who uses hate speech. The first question we might want to ask ourselves is: why would we want to write a character who uses hate … More Haters Gonna Hate, or Dirty Words & the Christian Author – Part 2

@#%*!!, or Dirty Words & the Christian Author – Part 1

  My most recent post got me to thinking about a post I wrote about 4 years ago, called Dirty Deeds and the Christian Author. The following is an updated version of that post: My characters are generally bad people. The whole stinkin’ lot of them simply reek of original sin. Which is to say, … More @#%*!!, or Dirty Words & the Christian Author – Part 1

Life Without Plastic: Writing Believable Christian Characters

I’m one of those authors who loves creating characters. If you’ve read my books, you know I’m not kidding. If anything, I have a tendency toward having perhaps too many characters! The problem is that, while I’m essentially transcribing the movies that play in my head, much of my writing is drawn from real life … More Life Without Plastic: Writing Believable Christian Characters

Oh God, You Goddess?? Portraying God in Christian Speculative Fiction

As I noted in a recent article, I shared a post on why I ditched the deities in my Otherworld worldbuilding on a Facebook group called Iron Sharpening Iron: Christian Speculative Fiction Authors, asked my fellow Christian spec-fic authors how they handled the issue in their fantasy worlds, and received some answers I didn’t expect! … More Oh God, You Goddess?? Portraying God in Christian Speculative Fiction

What is Christian Speculative Fiction? and how Christian does it need to be?

A recent exchange on a Facebook group called Iron Sharpening Iron: Christian Speculative Fiction Authors caused me to start thinking about what the term “Christian Speculative Fiction” means. I posted one of my blog articles about why I ditched the deities in my Otherworld worldbuilding and asked my fellow Christian spec-fic authors what they did … More What is Christian Speculative Fiction? and how Christian does it need to be?

Demonizing Self-Publishing for the Faith?

Recently, E. Stephen Burnett posted an article over at SpeculativeFaith.com called Three Scriptural Cautions Against Self-Publishing. It should be said that SpeculativeFaith.com is an organization that excludes self-published author, no matter the quality of their work, from consideration for its Clive Staples Award. In this ill-advised and ill-argued post, E Stephen Burnet “cautions” that “Self-publication could … More Demonizing Self-Publishing for the Faith?