Hello, Lori! So glad you stopped by. First question.
Which author would you never get tired of, and why?
Lori: Oh dear, can any writer choose just one other? I love expansive, historic fiction with intrigue and action so I tend toward epic writers like Edward Rutherfurd, Stephen R. Lawhead, and Bernard Cornwell. I also have a strong speculative bent so Frank Peretti, James L. Rubart, Orson Scott Card, Joel Rosenberg, Lawhead (again), and Ted Dekker reign. If I were trapped in a room with only one shelf of books, I’d hope it was stocked with Rudyard Kipling, Mark Twain, C.S.Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Raymond Bradbury. I suppose it means I have some sort of issue that there are no women in this list but glancing at my shelf, are three quietly powerful works by Pearl S. Buck, so there’s her and The History of Love by Nicole Kraus blew me away. I love epic, sweeping stories, heroic characters, and a wink of humor in my stories as well as strong imagery and timeless symbolism. I love writers that write across genres because they generally are experts at wordcraft
I believe I could be happy with a shelf of books like that. Some great characters in those works…
Who is your favorite fictional villain?
Lori: Salieri from Amadeus. I can truly relate to the temptation to which he fell prey. His initial desire to please God with his music became twisted by creative envy that eventually destroyed him. It’s a cautionary tale for me as a writer who desires to please God. It’s very easy to begin using your creative gift to worship Him and slowly begin to worship your creativity. Salieri keeps me on track.
That would preach. 🙂 Last question.
What project are you currently working on?
Lori: I’m really excited about my next non-fiction book due out from Abingdon Press in September 2016. It’s called Jesus and the Beanstalk (Overcoming Your Giants and Living a Fruitful Life). I just got a glimpse of the cover and it’s beautiful. In Jesus and the Beanstalk, I use the first part of “Jack and the Beanstalk” to make sense of applying 2 Peter 1:1-10 to the Christian life. It’s about the secret to being effective in our knowledge of Jesus but also about how to engage with a culture that’s more and more at odds with our faith.
Can’t wait to read that one. Thanks so much, Lori, for being our guest today!
Lori has graciously offered to bless one commenter with a print copy of Red Pen Redemption so be sure and leave a comment.
Warning: Helen Bancroft is not a sweet woman and this is not a sweet story. What would you do if God took you up on a dare? Helen Bancroft’s led a good life and feels no need for her daughter’s Savior. When God accepts Helen’s dare to edit her autobiography and prove her righteousness, she’s in for a lesson in her own history. One woman’s journey from unbelief to acceptance turns into the Christmas Eve adventure of a lifetime beneath the red pen of Christ’s mercy and grace.
Lori Stanley Roeleveld is a disturber of hobbits who enjoys making comfortable Christians late for dinner. She’s authored an unsettling blog since 2009; a pursuit that eventually resulted in her first book, Running from a Crazy Man (and other adventures traveling with Jesus). Her new release is a Christmas novella, Red Pen Redemption, available now and she’s currently working on her next release, Jesus and the Beanstalk. Though she has degrees in Psychology and Biblical Studies, Lori learned the most important things from studying her Bible in life’s trenches. You’ll find her at her website www.loriroeleveld.com. If not, know she’s off somewhere slaying dragons. Not available for children’s parties