I don’t wish to write a “Christian novel”. I wish to write a novel where my own personal salvation shines through. Where life is hard, dark and gritty but hope, faith and love overcome the darkness. I wish to tell a tale where my salvation from my own sin is shown, where my undeserved rescue is mirrored in a fantastical way. By using fantasy as my format, I hope to show the magic of the everyday. By using vampires, I hope to show my own struggle with sin. No matter how saved I am I cannot escape my own inner evil as long as I am here on earth and it will seep into other people’s lives, people I love. I do not wish to write a “Christian” novel because I don’t often wear a badge on my sleeve stating my Christianity… I live in such a way that it is salt and light. I wish my novel to be the same. I do not avoid the truths of evil in man. It is there and it is sick and it does destroy. I also do not wish to bathe in that evil. I must face the evil just as I must face the evil in myself but I do not need to soak my soul in it. My goal is not to offend anyone but to be as realistic as an urban fantasy thriller can be. I wish my reader to walk through the “Valley of the Shadow of Death” with me but to come out on the other side filled with hope, faith and love. I wish them to see the world just a bit differently when they put down my tale. I am a story teller.