Joshua A. Johnston

I think the biggest challenge is deciding what kind of Christian novel one wants to write. One school of thought is that the stories should deal directly with Jesus and the Bible, perhaps with conversion stories and even apologetics.

The other school of thought is that the stories should incorporate Christian themes in a more salient way, be it allegorical or drawing from Biblical themes. I don’t know that there is a wrong way, per say, but figuring out which direction to go is a really important decision.

From early on, I determined that I wanted my approach to be more salient, in the vein of Narnia or Lord of the Rings. For me, the next step was figuring out how to situate faith in a science fiction world in a way that was natural for both.

It was a big challenge, but also came with a big sense of accomplishment, especially in the way things played out in the endgame.

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Joshua A. Johnston
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James L. Rubart is a professional marketer, speaker, and writer. He serves on the board of the Northwest Christian Writers Association and lives with his wife and sons in Seattle, Washington.