Q&A: Alton Gansky
Dr. David Chambers has spent his whole life uncovering biblical truths in ancient artifacts. The things that used to fill his mind with wonder and awe now fill him with doubt. His unanswered questions have begun to strain his relationship with his work and with his fiancée, Amber. Now an old friend has given him a chance to go on one last dig for fortune and glory. But what they're seeking could forever change the course of history and maybe - just maybe - the search itself will answer some of David's questions and restore his faith.
The Scroll was a collaborative work with Grant Jeffrey. I was approached by the publisher and, since I had read some of Grant's nonfiction work, quickly agreed. Grant provided the basic storyline. He is an expert in biblical prophecy and well-versed in biblical archeology. The premise fascinated me making the work all the more enjoyable.
STARTING OUT, WHO WERE THE AUTHORS WHO INSPIRED YOU? WHO INSPIRES YOU NOW?
My friend Jack Cavanaugh was and remains an inspiration. I learned a lot by studying several general market authors like Dean Koontz. Although we write very different things, I learned a great deal about fiction from studying his technique. There have been many influences from the Christian and general market.
HOW DOES YOUR FAITH INFLUENCE YOUR WRITING?
Since I write for the Christian market I have the freedom to explore my faith. I like to take ordinary Christians and put them in extraordinary situations. Fiction is exploration; nonfiction is explanation. In my books, I've explored what it is like to be a Christian invalid in small town politics, or facing danger in low-earth orbit, or on foreign fields, in the military, and many other settings. In many ways, my writing influences my faith more than my faith influences my writing.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU KNOWN YOU WANTED TO BE AN AUTHOR?
Since I was a child. However, I went through several careers before writing professionally. I'm a professional used-to-be. I was a firefighter, worked in banking, spent a decade in architecture, and 22 years as a pastor.
WHAT DO YOU MOST HOPE THAT READERS GET FROM READING YOUR WORK?
My goal is to write novels that not only entertain but make people think. My goal is to leave the reader chewing on a few ideas after they finish the book.