Today’s interview is with…
Brad Francis is a writer, inasmuch as God gives him words. He is the author of the short story The Book of the Harvest, the Christian fantasy series The Magi Chronicles (book one, Emaline’s Gift, is currently available) and the forthcoming novel The Savvy Demon’s Guide to Godly Living. Brad writes to glorify God, as any talent he happens to has comes from Him anyway.
When did you begin writing?
I’ve been writing ever since I learned how to put letters together to form words. My elementary school had a neat little “publishing” program in which our books would get simple bindings so I’ve had those stories going way back to my classic A Turtle Went to the Sea back in kindergarten. I’ve written a lot since then—I can’t not write—but struggled a long time with having the discipline to finish a novel. Somewhere, that changed. Emaline’s Gift was the first full novel I ever completed, and I was amazed to throw together 67,000 words for it! I recently finished writing my second full novel and it’s massive—over three and a half times the size. So finally I learned to stick with it!
What is your favorite topic to write on?
I enjoy reading almost anything that’s well written, despite the genre (with the probably exception of full-blown romance). So that’s what I like to write. All my work is Christian because, in my opinion, if I’m not pointing to Christ through my work, I’m not doing my job. I believe I ought to point to Him in *all* things, and that certainly includes my stories!
Where are you from? Tell us about yourself.
I hail from Michigan originally. I majored in Theatre, specializing in Acting and Playwriting, at Olivet College, a small liberal arts school in Olivet, Michigan. It’s only ten minutes or so from the church where my Dad has been the pastor for nearly twenty years. Right now, I live in Greensburg, Indiana, where my wife got a job working for the state. But that could change any day here.
What/Who is your biggest influence in writing?
I suppose I write because I love to read. So many of my teen and young adult writings were weak attempts to emulate Stephen R. Lawhead, Frank Peretti or Stephen King. A great story excites me. But I ultimately write as a ministry. I seek to glorify my Lord and Savior through my words.
Do you have a day job? If so, what is it?
Well, right now I’m in my last semester of finishing up my Masters of the Arts in Discipleship Ministries through Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. So I’m a fulltime student for a few more weeks. Other than that, I’m a stay at home, homeschooling Daddy. That’s a pretty big job.
Do you prefer fiction work or nonfiction?
I primarily write fiction, although I recently started my first nonfiction book about discipleship. Having said that, I suppose I write nonfiction on my blog a lot. So I enjoy both. But my heart belongs primarily to fiction. Like Jesus, I’m a storyteller.
What is your favorite book and why?
Yikes! You can’t ask an author that! Discounting the easy, cop-out answer of the Bible, and going based on nothing more than my gut at the moment, I’m going to go with Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke. I really love that book. Oh, or maybe Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling. Or Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby. Or maybe The Visitation by Frank Peretti or Byzantium by Stephen R. Lawhead. Didn’t I say you can’t ask me that?? I love them all because they grabbed me and would not let me go. They engaged me and made me feel. They made me want to write.
What is your latest book?Emaline’s Gift: A Christian Fantasy Adventure (The Magi Chronicles)
About the Book:
Thirteen-year-old Emaline is running an errand for her Mom when she suddenly finds herself plunged into a centuries-old magical war between the sinister obeah and the Christ-following magi. When she suddenly finds herself able to conjure the same sort of amazing powers as the others, the obeah kidnap her and it’s up to the magi to find her and rescue her!
What inspired you to write this particular book?
Harry Potter did. I’m a huge fan of Harry Potter and have loved sharing the adventures with my daughters. But when I started to look for similar contemporary fantasies in the Christian market that would also point toward God, I couldn’t find much at all. So I wrote my own. I feel The Magi Chronicles are pretty different from their inspiration, but I’d like to think that they will satisfy many readers’ thirst for magical adventure while also strengthening their faith and glorifying God. Incidentally, I’m working on the second book in the series right now.
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