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About My Writing:
My Goals:

As with most authors, my main goal is to write the books I've always wanted to read.
What, then, are my criteria for writing those books?
1. Quality Science Fiction:  I'm no scientist, but since I have some background in science both with my schooling and my job, I try to make whatever happens plausible -- or at least believable. I don't get into the nitty-gritty details of the science, because that's not the point of my stories.
2. Quality Characters: I want all my characters, including the antagonists to seem real; I want the reader to relate to everyone. Even more, I want the reader to fall in love with those characters just as I did.
3. Christian Outlook, but Without the Sermon: I'm no preacher; I don't want to be a preacher. I want instead to write stories where the characters grow in their Christian faith. Some discover Christ along their journey. I have no other message beyond what the character learns. What the reader does or doesn't glean is something I can't control. If the reader gains a bit of wisdom, then it's not my doing, but that of God working through the story.
And yet . . .
4. Blatant Christianity: Part of my frustration stemmed from many science fiction, and even some labeled as Christian fiction, books writing about a higher power of creation as an ethereal "force" or "universe". I figured if "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever" (Hebrews 13:8), then there's no reason God would change or disappear into the background in the far future. My books assume God is just as engaged, and even the Bible still exists and is changing people's lives.