Allen Steadham–Interview of the Day

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.

I like to take sky pictures (sunrises/sunsets/clouds/weather) and post them on Instagram.

Thanks Allen, for sharing about yourself and your writing.

 

Julie Arduini–Interview of the Day

Julie Arduini loves to encourage readers to find freedom in Christ by surrendering the good, the bad, and —maybe one day—the chocolate. She’s the author of the contemporary romance series SURRENDERING TIME, (Entrusted, Entangled, Engaged,) as well as the stand-alone novellas, MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN and RESTORING CHRISTMAS. She also shares her story in the infertility devotional, A WALK IN THE VALLEY. Her other latest release, YOU’RE AMAZING, is a book for girls ages 10-100, written with her teenaged daughter, Hannah, and is book 2 in their SURRENDERING STINKIN’ THINKIN’ series. She blogs every other Wednesday for Christians Read, as well as monthly with Inspy Romance. She resides in Ohio with her husband and two children. Learn more by visiting her at http://juliearduini.com, where she invites readers to opt in to her content full of resources and giveaway opportunities.

 How did you become a writer?

My writing journey has twists and turns, but overall, it’s the call on my life. I was always writing little stories in school. I joined yearbook and was known in high school for all things writing. However, in college, writing was all academic. I didn’t have time or energy to write fiction. I missed it. In my single years, I was completely inspired and a new Christian, so I wrote a lot of romances. They weren’t good, but I had so much fun writing them. I felt complete. Marriage and parenthood took over, and writing took a backseat for a long time. When there was an opportunity to join Mothers of Preschoolers, MOPS, and their publicity team, it felt so right and ignited a spark to write more. During a service I felt God ask me if I was willing to let my MOPS writing go and trust Him. I obeyed, completed the Christian Writers Guild, started submitting weekly challenges to FaithWriters, and received a request to allow one of my writings in an anthology. Today I write through Surrendered Scribe Media with the goal of encouraging readers to find freedom in Christ by surrendering the good, the bad, and—maybe one day—the chocolate.

Why do you write Christian Fiction?

I write Christian fiction because I love reading Christian fiction. I’m an introvert that spends a lot of time praying for others, but I’m light-hearted as well. I love to be entertained. Writing fiction is where God has me, and I believe it gives a balance to who I am and how God can use me. If I can entertain readers and yet share a life-changing message on surrender, I’m blessed to have the opportunity.

Tell us something interesting about yourself. 

There are so many weird trivia aspects to me, but one is that I can usually guess the date of when movies and songs came out. I remember a lot of zip codes that I’ve used in Upstate NY. Yet I struggle with Bible memorization. Go figure!

Wow! I’m impressed with your memory, Julie. Thanks for visiting us today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lillian Duncan…turning faith into fiction

Lillian Duncan…turning faith into fiction.

Lillian writes in a variety of genres, but mostly in suspense and mystery. She loves to write the sort of books that she loves to read! Lillian lives in Ohio with her three parrots, two dogs, and one husband.

How did you become a writer?

I’ve always loved books. From the time I could read, I would always have a book with me no matter where I went. Visiting family…had a book. Doctor’s office…had a book. Fishing…had a book. And yes, I was one of those people that got in trouble when the teacher caught me reading one of my books instead of a text book!

To me a writer was more awesome than a rock star!

As much as I loved books, I didn’t start to write until I was 40. I can’t explain why it took me so long to figure out that I wanted to write, other than it seemed impossible that I could become a writer.

Why do you write Christian Fiction?

I didn’t start out writing Christian Fiction, but as my faith became more important to me, it became clear to me that I couldn’t or wouldn’t write for the mainstream market.

I now consider my writing my ministry as well. All the books I write illustrate some spiritual principle–usually more than one. That’s why I call them modern day parables.

Share a bit about your books, including a few titles.

Most of my books are romantic suspense–heavy on the action and suspense but with enough romance to sweeten up the story. My Sisters By Choice series (Deception; Betrayed; Redemption) was my first series. But I love my stand-alone books as well, such as Game On; Broken Trust; and Trapped. 

I have two books that will come out this year. Jane Doe is romantic suspense while Suffer the Little Children is women’s fiction.

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

I received my first traditional contract in 2011. In 2012, I was diagnosed with bilateral brain tumors. Even though they were not malignant, they have wreaked havoc on my health. I had two books under contract when I was diagnosed. That means I’ve written more than twenty books while undergoing a variety of treatments for the brain tumors and dealing with all sorts of side effects!

I don’t say this to brag or to get sympathy but to encourage others who are struggling because of their health. With God, we are so much stronger than we think.

How can readers learn more about you and your books?

They can connect with me at http://www.lillian-duncan.com.

Thanks for having me.