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Chris Fabry

Chris Fabry

Chris Fabry has published more than 65 other books, including novels for children and young adults. His first novel for adults, Dogwood, received the 2009 Christy Award in the Contemporary Standalone category. He coauthored the Left Behind: The Kids series with Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye, as well as the Red Rock Mysteries and the Wormling series with Jenkins. RPM, his latest series for kids, explores the exciting world of NASCAR.
Q & A: Chris Fabry

Q & A: Chris Fabry

(September 2010)
Chris Well
As if national radio host Chris Fabry weren’t busy enough already (what with being on the radio all the time and all), he’s also been making a name for himself in Christian fiction: first with his mysteries and end-times thrillers for young readers, and now with an award-winning series of novels for adults. His latest, Almost Heaven, is his third set in Dogwood, West Virginia.

Q: Your new novel ALMOST HEAVEN is your third trip (so far) back to Dogwood. What is it about this town that keeps bringing you back?
This is where I grew up and these are the people I know best and love most. How can you not want to go back?

Q: You’ve said this was your “most difficult novel to write” so far. What were the challenges for you this time around?
The main character’s life is so difficult and hardscrabble, and yet he holds onto God with not much evidence that God is there. Telling the story from the eternal and in the present and finding hope for him was difficult but worth it.

This story is for those who feel like God isn’t using them. It’s a book about dreams and failure and getting up again.

Q: What inspired you to write this story?
There was a man who ran a radio station in Lost Creek, W.Va., who died last year. I wrote it to honor him and encourage others.

Q: How much of yourself is in these characters?
There’s always a lot of me in the main character. This guy loves radio and thinks it’s important. That’s me.

Q: Is your first goal to minister to readers, or entertain them?
My first goal is to draw them into the story so that I have an opportunity to encourage them.

Q: What do you most hope readers take away after reading your book?
I hope they’ll see their failures and struggles as the proof that God is at work.

Q: What’s the best thing anyone said about one of your books?
“I felt like I knew those characters and continue to look for them on the street.”

Q: What’s the worst thing anyone said about one of your books?
“Cute,” or “lame.” I see both of them as the same criticism.

Q: You also co-wrote Drew Brees’ spots memoir COMING BACK STRONGER—for you, what are the pros and cons of writing fiction verses non-fiction?
Both are enjoyable and try to make a story understandable. I enjoy nailing a life on the page but I also enjoy telling the truth through a story I’ve cooked in my head.



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