In Churches of Christ, I had never heard of a man who had a novel published. I am working on one, and didn’t expect I was the only one. I was happy to be led to Douglas Kashorek, who has his first novel coming out soon.
I contacted him and I am honored to have the opportunity to interview him. For a biography and to purchase his book, I direct you to his website. Thanks, Douglas for your cooperation!
1. How did you get started as a writer?
Even as a child, I would write little stories. It wasn’t until I was an exchange student in Japan at seventeen that I began to write seriously. After graduation from high school, I got a B.A. in English/Education 7-12 and was exposed to great works and teachers who helped shape my writing. I especially grew in my Biblical literature class.
2. What is your mission as a writer?
Glorifying God through showing how He can work in people’s lives if only they would choose Him has been my Colossians 3:17 mission. Kin of Cain, which is book one of The Chronicles of Nod, East of Eden, has an anti-heroine everywoman who struggles against a life seemingly laid out for her and chooses sin and death though she could have chosen life all along.
3. How important is writing to you?
Writing is life; it reaches into the deepest places of who we are and reveals that which God only knows. Through writing we even can surprise ourselves.
4. Did you have storytellers when you were growing up that influenced you?
In an airport bookstore when I was thirteen and not yet a Christian, I picked up a copy of Terry Brooks’ Sword of Shannara and was hooked on fantasy from then on. Stephen R. Lawhead’s Pendragon Cycle introduced me to the power of historical fiction. And, John Gardener’s Grendel fascinated me with the perspective of Beowulf’s monster.