A little about me and my writing

Jeff W. Horton

I thought maybe I should share with those of you haven’t been following me for long a little about me, the  kind of novels I write, and a sentence or two about each of the novels  I’ve written.

A little about me

Eight years ago, after twenty-four years in the Information Technology field, I decided to try my hand at writing. Me being who I am, I decided to start with the marathon of writing, the novel. As it turns out, I actually rather enjoy writing novels, having turned out nine novels now in nearly as many years, all while continuing to work in the Information Technology field during the day. This means, of course, that the majority of my writing is done late at night, and  on weekends or while on vacations. I continue working to get to the point that I write fulltime as a novelist, but I’m not there yet.

So what kind of novels do I write? Well, I tend to write whatever happens to strike my fancy at the time, on whatever topic or subject matter I feel the most passionate about or the highest level of interest in at that point in time. That high-level of energy helps fuel the writing process and get me off to a good start with the project. It’s not necessarily the most successful strategy long-term , however, as bouncing between genres makes it harder to build a fan-base in any one genre, but that’s the writer I am, let the chips fall where they may.

I’m profoundly grateful to my Lord Jesus Christ for the fact that I am a Christian; a work in progress to be certain, but a Christian nonetheless. The impact this reality  has on my writing is significant. I’m a true believer so, as so many of my atheist readers have labored so intently on pointing out,  my Christian worldview tends to come across in my novels in various ways whether I intend it to or not, though not always in ways you might think.

While I enjoy them, I don’t write Christian Inspirational novels.  I write more of a contemporary fiction, or what some might refer to as a spiritual fiction. I write science-fiction, dystopian, apocalyptic fiction, romance, yet they all will have some element, no matter how small, of my faith in them. In the techno-thriller Cybersp@ce, for example,  there wasn’t much  of a religious element present, other  than a church funeral and a church service that some of the main characters attended. There is some mild violence, but little or no profanity or graphic language, for example. In New Beginnings, however, there is a theological discussion about God and religion between an ambassador from Earth and an alien representative on the alien’s home- world.  Also, in The Last Prophet, however, the entire novel is based on Chapter 11 in the Book of Revelation in the Bible.  This means, naturally, that there is extensive reference to God, the Bible, and even a number of passages right out of the Bible. The amount of faith-based material in each work is nearly always based on the individual novel.

What I set out to accomplish when I write a novel is to tell a good story, a great story. I seek to write novels that entertain, provoke thought, and in some small way perhaps, reach some readers through the integrity, values,  and decency of the protagonist, or some other character in the novel.  I want to  write original, captivating material that engages entertains, and hopefully, leaves people thinking, “Wow, that’s so true; I never really thought about that before!”

Am I writing my novels in certain ways in order to try to convert people to Christianity? No, of course not. Do I want everyone who reads them who are not Christian to become Christians? Absolutely.

I write because I want to offer everyone engrossing, quality, yet still wholesome entertainment value to the  world as an alternative to the steady diet of sex and gratuitous violence that has filled the television screens in our homes and the pages of our books,

Before we move on to discuss the various novels I’ve written, just pause for a moment to consider the inverse of what I just stated above. If  my Christian worldview inevitably comes across in my writing whether I intend it to or not, should we not expect atheists’ worldviews to also  come across in all of their writings as well, whether they intended for it to or not?  Think about it…

 

A little about my Works

As of December, 2017 I’ve had nine novels published. The genres include apocalyptic,   post-apocalyptic,  children’s/pre-teen,  Sci-Fi, romance,  and dystopian

 

My first published novel, The Great Collapse, was an apocalyptic-thriller about the sudden demise of civilization on our planet when electricity and electronics stop working all over the globe.

The sequel to that novel, The Dark Age, was a post-apocalyptic novel set in a medieval-like future where humanity has  once more learned to cope and survive without electricity.

The third novel I wrote, The Last Prophet, went off into an entirely different direction altogether. Set in the present or near-future, The Last Prophet is about the fulfillment of events detailed in Revelation  Chapter 11 from the Holy Bible.   So this too was an apocalyptic fiction  novel  though many Christians would agree that at least some of what is detailed in The Last Prophet will come to pass because it’s in the Bible.

I then took a stab  at a children’s novel entitled The Way of Nacor, a sort of  updated Chronicles of Narnia, but with a Sci-Fi theme instead of a mythological theme to it, and a story about a  family of  four siblings who find themselves mysteriously  transported to a strange alien planet one afternoon, before having to pass a series of trials and temptations in order to  get back home.

I then wrote the Cybersp@ce Series, is a multi-generational novel that follows the Reynolds family. It  begins with the first novel in the trilogy,  Cybersp@ce,  a novel about Nick Reynolds (a Cyber Command analyst), cyber-warfare, espionage,  recovered alien technology, and the sewing of the seeds for a new and exciting future for humanity.

The second in the Cybersp@ce series, Frontiers, focuses on Nick’s son Hank, the test pilot for Earth’s first interstellar spaceship, Frontier. and the creation of the Earth  Space Alliance,  a sort of United Nations that manages and oversees the new technology on behalf of all nations.

The third  novel in the series, New Beginnings, features my first female lead, Nicole Reynolds, Nicks granddaughter, who leads the effort to find the first habitable planet outside of our solar system for humanity to colonize., and finds herself in the middle of a 5000 year-old intergalactic war.

With Heaven’s Oasis, my eighth novel, I wrote my first romance/adventure/thriller novel, a tragic tale about a man whose wife dies, leading him on a quest to finish the work she’d started when she’d discovered the existence of something right out of the Bible that she’d told him would change the world.

My ninth and most recent novel, just published in November of 2017, was Future Schism, a dystopian novel along the lines of 1984 or Brave New World, in which the United States, following a Second American Civil War between the liberal and conservative segments of the population,, no longer exists, leaving in its wake two provinces, the Blue Zone and the Red Zone.

Well, that’s it. A brief, super-high-level summary  of me and my works completed to date. I didn’t really speak any to the screenplays I’ve done or the  adaptation I’ve done from one of my novels, but I will likely mention it in a future blog post.

Have  a wonderful week.

Jeff

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