#31 James L. Rubart

James L. Rubart loves to send readers on journeys they’ll remember months after they finish one of his stories. He’s also the winner of numerous awards, including the 2016 Christy Award for Book of the Year. In his latest novel The Pages of Her Life (Thomas Nelson), Allison Moore is barely scraping by and scrambling to help her mom. When she’s given a journal, anonymously, the words in the journal begin to disappear—and, inexplicably, new words fill the empty spaces. Ignoring those words could cost her everything—but so could embracing them.

“A friend of my mother-in-law told her, ‘I really love Jim’s book, but wow, he always has fantastical things in them. Is Jim really a Christian?’ That cracked me up since any supernatural elements I weave into my stories come straight from Scripture. So even though my fantastic elements come from the Bible, I have to make people believe they could happen in present day. Of course, the benefit of my type of stories is I have few limits to what can happen, which people have said make my stories deeply intriguing and unique.”

Read the original interview: Speculative Author Interview: James L. Rubart—Fully Alive and Free

The Pages of Her Life
James L. Rubart
Thomas Nelson
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#32 Wayne Thomas Batson

Wayne Thomas Batson has spent more than a dozen years teaching reading and English to middle schools students. His bestselling adventure novels include the fantasy epic Door Within Trilogy and the pirate duo Isle of Swords and Isle of Fire.

“It’s not difficult to write fantasy fiction from a Biblical perspective. Not hard at all. What’s difficult is having to break through walls of “well intentioned” Christians who object to just about anything on the ground that it’s not Biblical because they wouldn’t do it that way. Drives me crazy how some Christians go after other Christians—why? Just because they are uncomfortable with the means by which the Gospel of Jesus is being spread. Is God so powerless that He cannot touch a child’s heart through a story with unicorns or wizards? The apostle Paul would want to slam his head against a wall if he saw the picky attitudes of some Christians today. He was the one who immersed himself in a variety of cultures just so that, by any means, he might save a few. There is freedom in Christ, remember? And that freedom extends to creative expression.”

READ THE INTERVIEW: Wayne Thomas Batson: Anchor first. Anchor deep.

Dreamtreaders Series
Wayne Thomas Batson
Thomas Nelson
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#33 Shawn Smucker

Shawn Smucker is the award-winning author of Light from Distant Stars, the young adult novels The Day the Angels Fell and The Edge of Over There, and the memoir Once We Were Strangers. With his latest novel, These Nameless Things, the visionary writer has returned with an unsettling story that invites us to consider two challenging questions: To what lengths will we go to assuage our own guilt? and Is there a limit to the things we will do for the people we love?

“I’m very intrigued with stories that take place at the edge of the imagination, with one foot in reality and one foot in something that might be beyond reality or a reality we don’t understand very well.”

READ THE INTERVIEW: Speculative Q&A: Shawn Smucker (Light From Distant Stars)

These Nameless Things
Shawn Smucker
Revell Books
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#34 Wendy Alec

Wendy Alec has pursued successful careers in advertising and television production, as well as writing books and screenplays. She co-founded the GOD TV network in 1995 and presided as Director of Television and Creative Director for 21 years. The cinematic scope and epic sweep of the Chronicles of Brothers series have won her legions of devoted readers around the world.

“I’ve had wonderful testimonies from readers; one girl wrote to me saying she hates anything religious but she’s completely addicted to the Chronicles series. One guy who ran a comic book store in New York said he had read The Fall of Lucifer 33 times! It has also been passed around on two or three marine ships and been read by lots of hardened marines! Even my children’s school peers have been reading it. It seems to reach every age.” (SOURCE: CLC Bookshops)

Chronicles of Brothers Series
Wendy Alec
Harper Inspire
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#35 Bill Myers

Bill Myers is the author of several best-selling series for readers young and old alike — including Forbidden Doors, The Incredible Worlds of Wally McDoogle, McGee and Me! He is a writer and director; his work has won over 40 national and international awards and his books and videos have sold some 5 million copies. His novel The Wager was made into a film starring Randy Travis.

“Jesus understood the power of story. In fact, He spent more time telling parables than giving facts and figures. Story puts flesh and blood upon those facts so we can more easily relate and apply their truths to our day to day living.”

READ THE INTERVIEW: Children’s Author interview—Bill Myers: The Return of Wally McDoogle

Harbingers Series
Bill Myers, Frank Peretti, Angela Hunt, Alton Gansky
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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.