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My Thoughts on the Sale of Marcher Lord Press

Marcher Lord PressToday I was going to continue my series on how I write and publish a novel. Ironically, that might be changing in the next couple months since my publisher, Marcher Lord Press, was just purchased.

There has been a lot of different reactions to this change ranging from shock, to cautious hope, to anger, and even a hint of betrayal. Fans are known to be passionate, and that passion is definitely coming out now.

I thought that by sharing my own thoughts as one of MLP’s authors I might assuage some of the fear and wondering out there.

First, let me assure you there has been a lot of prayer over this decision. Lots and lots of prayer. I was one of the people praying. Nothing was done in haste or in greediness, but in what was best for Marcher Lord Press.

Because there was so much prayer involved, it saddened me to see that no one commented about God’s involvement in this decision when the news broke. Many people reacted, but I think people forgot that God is over everything, even this. There is no need to fear. God will accomplish what He will accomplish, even in the area of Christian speculative fiction.

Because God is sovereign, I believe we should hope, not in the “Gee, I hope this turns out well” but in the “I believe it will”. I believe Marcher Lord will continue to do what it does best: produce great speculative novels with a Christian worldview. Not because of anything we do but because God can do it. And I believe He will.

So my thoughts? I am excited to see what God is going to do. I am looking toward the future in a positive way. Is it a little scary to be in the midst of a transition like this? Yes. Especially since I still have one more book in the Follower of the Word series contracted with Marcher Lord (which I have been assured will be published).

I have also spoken already with Steve Laube, the new owner of Marcher Lord Press. I’ve known about Steve for a long time and have greatly admired him. As Jeff has shared elsewhere, Steve has been a champion for Christian speculative fiction a lot longer than Jeff. I’m excited about the things Steve hopes to bring to Marcher Lord Press.

On that note, pray for this transition. Pray for Jeff Gerke as he leaves Marcher Lord to pursue other areas God has called him to. Pray for Steve Laube as he steps into this new position. Pray for Marcher Lord Press. Change is never easy. But prayer can ease the transition.

Here is the link to the official press release: Steve Laube Buys Marcher Lord Press

*The Q&A with Steve Laube is now live.

Author Savenger Hunt

Author Scavenger HuntHi! Welcome to the Author Scavenger Hunt :). As part of the hunt, I have a couple things going here. First, a wonderful post by Rachel Starr Thomson. Second, the next part of the clue you need to continue on with your hunt. And third, a chance to win an ebook copy of Kerry Nietz’s Amish Vampires in Space.

To begin, here is Rachel Starr Thomson.

Rachel Starr ThomsonRachel Starr Thomson is a writer, indie publisher, and editor. She’s the author of the Seventh World Trilogy, The Oneness Cycle, and other books published by Little Dozen Press.

Rachel is a homeschool graduate, a dweller in southern Canada, a lover of long walks, good books, and hot tea, and a counter-cultural revolutionary who thinks we’d all be much better off if we pitched our television sets out the nearest window.

And here is her guest post


God on Paper

Reading and writing are incredibly natural to the Christian life.

Ours is a God who wrote a book; we are, famously, “people of the book.” So it only makes sense that Christians should be people who read, read deeply, and communicate their faith and the life they have in Christ through writing. For me this has been a journey.

As I kid, I read voraciously, and indiscriminately (I was homeschooled, and I like to say my parents educated me by teaching me to read and pointing me at the library). When I got serious about following Jesus, for a time I dropped reading almost entirely, and writing along with it, as I recalibrated my lifestyle.

Eventually I realized that reading had added an intellectual, spiritual, and emotional dimension to my life that was beneficial as a disciple and that I had stripped that out by dropping books. So I began to read again, more deliberately this time, actually setting aside significant time every day for devotional reading and making more time for fiction as well.

I also rediscovered my gift and calling as a writer. When I was young and first beginning to write, my dreams of “making it” were pretty self-aggrandizing, so I tended to see writing as self-indulgent and maybe not very Christian. Two things combined to change my perspective on that: first, that I ended up with a lot of time on my hands and writing was something productive to do that made use of a gift God had, after all, given me; and second, that people began to tell me God had spoken to them or touched them through my writing. That still happens and never ceases to amaze me—startle me, even. It happens so much that even though I now have very little extra time in my days, I’m learning to make writing a priority. It’s one of the most fruitful things I do.

The real challenge of discipleship, I think, is not dropping our day-to-day lives and our natural gifts and trotting off to a mission field or pulpit somewhere. Rather, it’s inviting Jesus into the lives we live, the gifts we have, and the jobs we do, and letting him teach us how to do them the way he would. Just as Jesus was the best (and uncanniest) fisherman Peter and John had ever met, so he is the best writer I will ever find, and the best teacher of writing. He is the master of words. And he delights to use them.

I’m currently in a season of writing a lot with the intent of going full-time. That makes reading more important than ever as well. Writing and reading are spiritual disciplines for me: they involve setting aside more pressing demands and things that pay better (and faster) and pressing in because of God’s calling. I seek God in books, and I seek to show him through my writing. I ask him into my reading time and I ask him into my stories. That he comes is a powerful and marvelous thing.

My current project is The Oneness Cycle, a contemporary fantasy series that tackles subjects like prayer, spiritual warfare, unity in the Spirit, and forgiveness in ways that I hope will bring them into sharp relief. A friend of mine calls the series “the Christian life on steroids.” The first book, EXILE, is free for your e-book reader from Amazon and elsewhere, or you can pick it up in paperback.

(Books 2-4, HIVE, ATTACK, and RENEGADE, are also available in e-book and coming soon in paperback.)


Thank you, Rachel, for sharing your writing journey. Writing has brought me closer to God as well :).

And now for all you readers who are on the hunt, here is your next clue: to thank you,

Now that you have your clue, you can continue on to Rachel’s blog and your next clue (Click HERE). If you get lost during the course of the hunt or you’ve finished collecting all the clues you can go HERE to enter the full mystery phrase and bring your scavenger hunt to a close. I hope you’ve enjoyed learning about all the amazing books and authors on the tour and hopefully you’ve entered the many giveaways on their sites.

Amish Vampires in SpaceAnd speaking of giveaways, if you want to enter the giveaway for Kerry Nietz’s Amish Vampires in Space, click on the link provided! Rafflecopter Giveaway


Daughter of Light is on Sale

Daughter of LightHey everyone! Daughter of Light, the first novel in my Follower of the Word series, is on sale for $0.99 now until Monday. So if you are looking for a new series to read, check this one out 🙂 Click on the preferred ebook link below:

Marcher Lord Press


Barnes and Noble




Daughter of Light on Sale

As the release date approaches for Son of Truth, my publisher and I decided to lower the price on Daughter of Light. If you are looking for a deep fantasy story along the lines of Terry Brooks’ or Terry Goodkind’s style, then check out the first book in the Follower of the Word series.

daugher_of_light_lgWhat if with one touch you could see inside the soul?

Rowen Mar finds a strange mark on her hand, and she is banished from her village as a witch. She covers the mark with a leather glove and seeks sanctuary in the White City. She lives in fear that if she touches another person, the power inside her will trigger again, a terrifying power that allows her to see the darkness inside the human heart . . .

But the mark is a summons, and those called cannot hide forever. For the salvation of her people lies within her hand.


Christian Speculative Sites

Back in 2004 I began my search for Christian speculative fiction. There wasn’t a lot, at least that I could find. Since then, over the course of almost eight years I have found books, publishers, and websites all dedicated to this genre. I know some of you are lovers of the weird and the strange like me, but have no idea where to look to find your fill of fantasy and science fiction. Let me share with you my discoveries:

Where the Map Ends. This is the first site I discovered years ago for Christian Speculative lovers. It has everything from interviews with Christian authors of this genre to book lists to forums where Christians talk about science fiction and fantasy. A bonus to this site is a section where you can learn great writing tips from Jeff Gerke.

Speculative Faith. I found this site about 2 years ago. Monday through Friday you can find articles written by people knowledgeable and passionate about the speculative genre in general and how it relates to the Christian faith in particular. Excellent site for discussion. Bonus: Speculative Faith has a current book list of pretty much all the Christian fantasy and science fiction out there. So if you’re looking for something to read along those lines, check out their list.

Speaking of books, the Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy blog tour (also known as the CSFF) consists of 30-50 bloggers who each month review a Christian speculative book or site. The goal of this blog tour is to let people know good Christian fantasy and science fiction exists. I will be participating in the tour at the end of this month. If you want to read about my thoughts on past books, click on CSFF Blog Tour.

And lastly, publishers. Since I first began writing, there are at least 4 publishers that I know of now dedicated to Christian speculative fiction. I have not been able to read everything produced, but what I have read I have enjoyed and written up reviews on. Here they are:

Splashdown Books

Written World Communications

Risen Books

And of course, Marcher Lord Press.

I hope this helps many of you on your search for Christian speculative fiction. Enjoy!

Why I Write Christian Speculative Fiction

I never set out to write Christian fantasy. In fact, I wasn’t sure what place that kind of book had in this world. Sure, there was Lewis’ Narnia series and Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. But with all the controversy over Harry Potter years ago, I didn’t know what to think. I read Star Wars, Terry Brooks, and such, but Christian fantasy? I don’t think so.

It was actually the Harry Potter controversy that made me start thinking about Christian fantasy. Could fantasy and Christianity mix? Could a good book be written where the faith element or the fantasy element was not compromised? Like I said, I never set out to do that, but in the end that is what I wrote.

Daughter of Light began as a story in my head. It was a place to play with some cool fantasy ideas. A fantasy book with a hint of faith. But as the years went by and I found myself traveling down dark roads and facing one crisis of faith after another in real life, Daughter of Light began to morph into an exploration of what it ultimately meant to follow God.

Through speculative fiction, I am able to explore what would a Christian look like if the externals generally associated with Christianity were taken away like church attendance, bible studies, or Sunday school. Now I’m not saying those are bad things (not at all), but sometimes our Christianity is defined by where we go or what we do, not by who we are.

I am also able to paint word pictures with fantasy that I could not do if I wrote about this world. For example: sin. In our world, sin is a hidden part of our nature. We see the results of sin, but not sin itself. But in a fantasy world, I can show what we look like with sin: naked, broken, with blood on our hands. Unable to heals ourselves. Helpless and bound to darkness.

Of course, there is a fun aspect to writing fantasy. I get to write outside the box, ask “what if” questions. What if we could see people the way God sees people, would we still love them? What if we could heal, but it meant taking on the hurt and pain, would we? What if you found out you’re really from another dimension (that’s a fun question 🙂). What if you discovered you’re not human?

I love writing Christian speculative fiction. It combines my weirdness, my creativity, and my faith. Here is a quote by C.S. Lewis that best sums up why I write Christian fantasy:

“I thought I saw how stories of this kind could steal past a certain inhibition which had paralyzed much of my own religion in childhood. Why did one find it so hard to feel as one was told one ought to feel about God or about the sufferings of Christ? I thought the chief reason was that one was told one ought to. An obligation to feel can freeze feelings. And reverence itself did harm. The whole subject was associated with lowered voices; almost as if it were something medical. But supposing that by casting all these things into an imaginary world, stripping them of their stained-glass and Sunday school associations, one could make them for the first time appear in their real potency? Could one not thus steal past those watchful dragons? I thought one could.”