By August 16, 2011In this audio clip, Randy Alcorn answers the question, "How do you decide what books to write next?" |
By August 11, 2011In this audio clip, Randy Alcorn talks about his novel Safely Home, and the painting that inspired him to write it. |
Even though you are writing for a Christian audience, how do you craft your message in an attempt to reach non-Christians?
By July 20, 2011When I wrote Deception, the spiritual themes are interwoven into the central plot, the murder mystery. Ollie’s recognition that everything is not as it appears applies not only to the murder, but to the larger issues of his life. |
By July 20, 2011I like reading them—particularly the Nero Wolfe books by Rex Stout. I love Sherlock Holmes. In fact, every chapter of Deception starts with a great quote from a Holmes story. It was fun matching those with the contents of particular chapters. Many people enjoy murder mysteries, so there’s potential for a wide audience. |
How Do You Handle Writing on Purity and Other Sensitive Subjects Without Being Explicit in a Way that’s Tempting to the Reader?
By July 20, 2011I never create any mental pictures that could tempt, as I have strong convictions against that. |
By July 15, 2011In this 20 minute interview, Randy talks with interviewer Wayne Shepherd about the Courageous movie and novel. |
As you continue to write fiction books, what is your greatest source of inspiration for your writing?
By April 13, 2011I seek to read and think and use my imagination, and improve my writing skills. I ask God for ideas and help, and I sense Him answering those prayers. Whether we build or draw or fix things or make a home for our families, God wants us to yield our gifts to Him, and depend on Him for the next step, even the next breath. I don't always succeed, but that's what I seek to do in my writing. |
Do you prefer to write books in a series, such as Deadline, Dominion, and Deception, or stand-alone books?
By April 13, 2011Books in a series and stand-alones each have their advantage. I like the continuity of characters in a series, so you don't have to reinvent every one each time. |
By April 13, 2011I started writing my first book, Christians in the Wake of the Sexual Revolution, when I was 29, and finished when I was 31. |
By April 13, 2011While The Chasm is unique, those who have read Edge of Eternity will see that I extracted and then rewrote as a standalone some chapters in the middle of that earlier novel. Since I first wrote Edge of Eternity in 1999, I’ve wanted to do this. I believe God can use it as an imaginative way of conveying the gospel to people who need to envision the old story in a fresh way. |