#18 Patrick W. Carr

Patrick W. Carr is the author of the acclaimed fantasy series The Staff and the Sword. A Cast of Stones won the 2014 Carol Award for Speculative Fiction and the 2014 Clive Staples Award. A Cast of Stones and The Hero’s Lot were both finalists for 2014 Christy Awards.

“I write incredibly flawed characters. My books are populated with men and women who make mistakes and sometimes they make really bad decisions. Later, they suffer the consequences of those decisions and learn from them. I understand the urge to create a fictional world where the main characters shine like paragons of virtue that others look up to, but that’s a bad, and dangerous, fantasy. By bad, I mean it’s not only bad writing, it’s bad theology. We’re going to make mistakes. If you’re walking around in your earth-suit and you don’t have some serious regrets, then I think you’ve got a problem. Our characters should reflect ourselves. Clean, sanitized characters don’t connect with anybody. I’d much rather see someone claw their way out of the muck.”

Read the original interview: Patrick W. Carr—Making the Best of Bad Decisions

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About The Author

Ted Dekker is the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of more than forty novels, with over 10 million copies sold worldwide. He was born in the jungles of Indonesia to missionary parents, and his upbringing as a stranger in a fascinating and sometimes frightening culture fueled his imagination. Dekker's passion is simple--to explore truth through mind-bending stories that invite readers to see the world through a different lens. His fiction has been honored with numerous awards, including two Christy Awards, two Inspy Awards, an RT Reviewers' Choice Award, and an ECPA Gold Medallion. In 2013, NPR readers nationwide put him in the Top 50 Thriller Authors of All Time. Dekker lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife, Lee Ann.