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Glenn Meade

Glenn Meade

Glenn Meade was born into a working-class family in Dublin, Ireland. He worked as a specialist in the field of pilot training—having had a life-long interest in aviation—and has also been a journalist for the Irish Times and the Independent. His novels to date have been translated into twenty-six languages, and have enjoyed critical and commercial success. Glenn Meade spends some of his free time in the American south.
Glenn Meade: Back to the Beginning

Glenn Meade: Back to the Beginning

(May 2013)
C.J. Darlington
For Irish author Glenn Meade, every book begins with prayer.

“I never underestimate the power of it,” Glenn says. “There was a time, long ago when I was younger, that I would have scoffed at that statement. But I’ve learned, so often in life, that prayer does work. We are listened to.”

An engineer by trade, Glenn has trained pilots and written for newspapers, but for more than fifteen years he’s written novels. In fact, he’s just re-released his very first book, Brandenburg (Howard Books). Updated and edited for today’s reader, the story’s theme is as relevant now as when it first came out in 1997. “Probably even more so,” the author agrees, “what with the rise in neo-fascist groups worldwide.”

Sparked by a wartime secret an elderly SS officer shared with him in real life, Glenn says the hair stood up on the back of his neck when he heard it, and he knew immediately the tale had legs. The story of a movement of ex-Nazis plotting to take over modern-day Germany, originally Brandenburg was written entirely in longhand. “All of the historical elements are pretty much true and took up a lot of research time,” Meade says.

While Brandenburg might not be an overtly “Christian” novel, in all of Meade’s stories there’s an inherent Christian moral stance, and his faith is extremely important to his writing. “I consider myself a Christian writer, and I try to ensure that all the big Christian issues—truth, redemption, forgiveness—figure in my novels in some way. Christian writers have to work harder these days to get their message across, and do it in subtler more populist ways. No easy task. As a man and author, I’m endlessly curious and intrigued by the world and its inhabitants, and I’m a great believer in the consummate importance of love and forgiveness.”

This article originally appeared in the April/May 2013 issue of FamilyFiction Edge digital magazine. Subscribe for free today!



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