Interview with Chris Fabry, Christian Author

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Box Office Revolution: “What inspired you to first write Christian books?”

 Chris Fabry: “I don’t call my books “Christian” because only people can be Christians, but I know what you mean. I try to write authentic stories that have elements of faith in them and have a redemptive message that other mainstream novels may not deal with. I once had an atheist tell me she read June Bug and that while she didn’t agree with some of the conclusions characters came to, she understood why they believed. That was a big compliment.”

BOR: “What do you feel is your underlying philosophy of writing?”

CF: “I want to write compelling, engaging stories that make you feel the characters are real. I go by the dictum of Hemingway, “Write hard and clear about what hurts.” And I believe in the power of stories to change hearts in a different way than a non-fiction book. A novel engages the heart like Nathan’s story to David. It can sneak around the back and knock gently.”

BOR: “What do you think is the hardest part of writing a good Christian book?”

CF: “There are different struggles for different writers. Some struggle not to bang the reader over the head with spiritual content. Fiction shouldn’t preach. My struggle has been taking the idea I have in my head and bringing that to the page. I have high expectations for my stories to be cinematic as you read.”

BOR: “What do you think we need to see more of in Christian novels?”

CF: “Real-life issue and deeper character development. That’s what I’m striving to do.”

BOR: “What do you think needs to be improved about Christian books as a whole?”


BOR:  “How do you feel about Christian novel writing as being a collaborative effort rather than a ‘lone ranger’ creation?”

CF: “Most of my novels have been done in seclusion. Writing is a solitary job, which is part of what I like. Then, when editors get involved, it’s total teamwork and you try to make the book the best it can be. My latest novel, A Piece of the Moon, was like that. I finished and was happy with the story, but my editors felt it needed more work. I had to go back and change a lot of elements of the book and in the end, I think they made the book a LOT better. My work on making films into novels has been collaborative and it’s a different discipline. With that, you know the world being built is a community project.”

BOR: “How have Christian books improved during the time you’ve been involved in writing?”

CF: “There are more writers and publishers willing to tell gritty stories, real stories. Across the board I see a greater commitment to depth in good storytelling.”

BOR: “Is working with Christian publishing companies any better or worse than working with ‘secular’ publishing companies?”


BOR: “What are your future plans for new novels?  Can you tease any specific upcoming projects?”

CF: “On April 6, A Piece of the Moon releases and I’m really excited about it. I’ve waited 40 years to tell this “small” story about a treasure hunt, a radio station morning show, a love story—there are so many characters I think readers will identify with and come to love. The story is based on a fictional song that weaves itself throughout the story. I’m hoping the novel will sing in your soul!”

Thank you for your time and for sharing your perspective Mr. Fabry, we look forward to reading and reviewing your new release!