I’m not one to take a lot of chances. I’m usually pretty happy to stay in my normal routine, even more so now that I am retired. I don’t like to put myself “out there” very much, but my writing is one way I do this. So I’m putting myself out there again in a way that a lot of people won’t expect from me.
I am a spiritual person who believes in God, in the principalities and spirits of heaven and earth. I think that sometimes these principalities are evil and they do their best to influence people. I don’t know if I’d call it demon possession because I think a lot of what used to be considered demon possession was mental illness. Still, I believe that there are some people, some places, that have an evil presence in control of them.
I wanted to write a book about faith. I didn’t want it to be a Bible thumping hell fire and damnation story, a sermon disguised as some kind of preachy fiction. I did want it to express the power of faith. There are, I believe, battles that we cannot win by ourselves, and only our faith — in God, in friends, in family — enable us to win them.
Deliver Us from Evil is a young adult, Christian, horror novel that describes a war that my character Bryan Stewart is fighting between good and evil. That war is symbolized by two characters in my story and two ways of life. I know Christian horror sounds like an oxymoron, but anyone who has ever battled temptation knows what I mean.
This is where I get a little strange, and no one will really be able to understand unless they have been where I am. As a lot of people know, I am bipolar. Throughout most of my life, I felt like I was constantly battling between the bad part of me and the good part of me. My mood ran to opposite extremes. I’d do stupid things that could have harmed me or someone else. I often felt like there was a spiritual battle going on inside of me. I remember when I was a teenager, one of my favorite songs was The Halls of Karma, by Black Oak Arkansas. I felt as if the song depicted my situation perfectly. Look up the lyrics sometimes to see see what I mean.
I am not going to give you all the details of a saving experience that I had because it wasn’t one experience but a series of events, and the battle still rages on. What I have given you is my novel. It’s not one of the best things I have ever written, but it is sincere. You will be able to get it as a Kindle book or, in a few days, a paper back.
Before I published it, I asked a lot of people if they would be interested in seeing it happen, and they told me they would. Well, it has happened. I don’t know if I will write anything else like this. I don’t know if God would approve, but I am doing this one book to see how it turns out. Lately, I have thought a lot about my writing and where it is and where it should be in my life. I read a book by Linda Seger, a wonderful Christian lady and a great writer, which has made me slow down and re-examine my work.
As always, I appreciate your support. I would very much love to hear your opinions on the book if you read it. In the meantime, if you have any questions, let me know.