Doing What I Love
I consider myself blessed to be a Christian fiction author. It may not be my "day job" yet, but it has led to the publishing of four of my books, with more in the works. Just as important, I find it extremely rewarding. Writing stories to entertain, encourage and point people towards Christ is more wonderful than I could ever have imagined.
Recently, I was asked if I was willing to write something for friend and fellow Ambassador International author Joanna White. She is putting together an anthology of short stories that take place in the same universe as her books Hunter, Shifter, and Dark Magi.
I volunteered to be part of the project. Joanna basically gave me free reign (within reason) to write my own kind of story in the genre of my choice. My only limitations were that it take place within the star systems and races she has already established. Even so, Joanna had already mapped out most of a galaxy and established around forty races. That gave me a lot to work with.
After a bit of prayer and brainstorming, I knew the genre and type of story I wanted to write. I conferred with Joanna to learn more about the races I wanted to use and establish some specific locations.
Before long, I had decided to write a Space Western. That's a genre I had never written before. Think Firefly and Serenity with no big government as the antagonist. My short story will definitely be Christian, with a redemption element.
It's kind of taken on a life of its own. I wrote a large chunk of it within about ten days, but I'm not quite finished. It's been filled with humor, love, and adventure. It features a number of races, including humans, and has male and female protagonists. Some are young adults, some are more mature. And it's all fun, already at over 11000 words. As always, my friends: Expect twists!
This will be a part of Joanna White's Republic Chronicles Anthology, which will be permafree (permanently free) to the public. It should be released some time next year. I'll keep you apprised, of course. There are some incredible authors participating in this. You should check it out. You won't be disappointed!
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Allen Steadham is a nondenominational Christian. Happily interracially married since 1995 and the proud father of two sons and a daughter. He and his wife have been in the same Christian band since 1997. He plays electric bass, she plays strings, they both sing. It's all good.
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