Allen Steadham created comic books and webcomics before he started writing novels. He has been married to his wife, Angel, since 1995 and they have two sons and a daughter. When not writing stories, Allen and his wife are singers, songwriters and musicians. They have been in a Christian band together since 1997. They live in Central Texas. You can learn more about Allen at https://allensteadham.com or at https://goodreads.com/allensteadham.
How or why did you become a writer?
I started making my own superhero comic books at the age of ten. I continued that into adulthood, making webcomics and eventually novels.
Why do you write Christian Fiction?
After I became a Christian in January 1996, my writing focus changed. I was married by then and my wife co-wrote a Christian webcomic together (I did the art) called “Due East.” By 2007, we put that comic online and it won two awards in 2008 from The Duck Webcomics: “Best Spiritual Comic” and “Most Profound Comic.”
I had health issues for a number of years, but once I recovered, I felt compelled to enter National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo) in November 2013. However, before I began, I prayed and handed over all of my creativity to the Lord and asked Him to help me write a 50,000-word Christian novel. God blessed me to write a 56,000-word first draft within three weeks. That first draft eventually became my debut novel, Mindfire, which is a superhero thriller with themes of redemption, forgiveness, and second chances. It also featured many characters and story elements from my earliest comic books, though adapted for the present day and a Christian story.
I write Christian fiction because that is where my inspiration comes from: God and His Son, Jesus Christ, through the Holy Spirit. I want to reach people for Him and show them the hope and salvation only He can offer.
Tell us something interesting about yourself.
Thanks Allen, for sharing about yourself and your writing.