I wrote my first “novel” when I was in 7th grade. I call it a novel because it exceeded 100 pages, and that was always the nice, round number I aimed for. The piece was a blatantly ripped off mashup of Star Trek and Star Wars. When I stopped plagiarizing my favorite sci-fi series, I tried my hand at composing angst-ridden, melodramatic poetry. I won an award for one of these works and was also sent to the Guidance Counselor to determine if I was a threat to myself or society. Results were inconclusive. Any fiction I wrote during my high school years centered on eccentric characters who wanted to do things like take over Canada. In other words, they had no basis in reality.
While in college, I only wrote papers. This pattern continued throughout my graduate work. I was a Pastor, so I wrote theological statements, composed sermons, and devised Bible studies. After sharing about my desire to write fiction in a youth group meeting, one of my high school students challenged me to actually do it. I did. For the first time in my adult life, I finished a novel. This time around I focused on characters grounded in reality who wrestled with questions of meaning and love, faith and sex. I hope people read these works and see themselves.
Since I am a Christian and Pastor, Jesus is mentioned a time or two. However, I treat these stories like life, where neat resolutions are few and far between, and outcomes are open to interpretation. My hope is that whoever reads them – religious or not – walks away challenged.
Steve Armstrong is…
Pastor Graham Wilcox boldly predicted Jesus would return to earth on April 24th to rapture His faithful. However, when April 25th arrives, the world is the same, except for Wilcox, who is found murdered. To solve the case, the skeptical Detective Daniel Seitzer must go to the place he dreads most: church. Along with his […]