Q & A: Chris Fabry
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
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
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
“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
“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.