I have with me today author Chad Pettit. I met Chad via Twitter where I have enjoyed the spiritual nature of his posts. We have had a few fun conversations there. I hope you enjoy learning more about him like I did.
Welcome, Chad, and thank you for visiting us today. Can you tell us some interesting facts about you?
I’m a deacon and the Sunday School Superintendent for my church. I have preached in nursing homes and jails, and I recently performed my first wedding when I married my brother-in-law and his wife.
What genres do you write?
I write Biblical Fiction and Fantasy Fiction from a Christian worldview. There are usually elements of the supernatural in all of my works.
My two Biblical Fiction books, The Gadarene and Through the Needle, explore stories that I’ve always wanted to know more about. I’m a person who thinks about what happens after the credits roll in a movie, so when I think about the Maniac of Gadara or the meeting between Saul of Tarsus and Ananias, I wonder what it must have been like. For my upcoming book, Fate of the Watchman, I wanted to challenge the indifference and apathy of the church in this modern age, and I felt like a fantastical setting was the best way to do that.
What is your favorite book or character you have written about?
My first character is special to me because he was my first, but the main character of my new book, Lester Sharp is a character I’ve been developing for years. There are parts of me sown into him, but he is also a character to himself. He’s all of us, and I love that about him.
Is there anything else you would like to share?
I cannot turn down donuts, my favorite color is gray, and I’m pretty sure the left side of my body is taller than the right.
Thank you again for visiting! I’m looking forward to reading your books!
Readers, stay tuned. Tomorrow Chad will be sharing his testimony with us for Songs of Salvation.
Here are the details on his books with previews
by Chad PettitPublication Date April 16, 2017
Genres: Biblical Fiction
Setting: Israel Roman Empire - 32BC - 1461 AD
Written for: Adults
A legion of ancient evil trapped one man, exiling him to tombs of darkness and shame. His days and nights were consumed by a never ending torture, one that he tried in vain to silence through self-mutilation. The outcast known for centuries as The Maniac was forsaken by an entire nation, including the ones he loved the most. He lived in hopeless despair, sorrow that nearly pulled him into the edges of eternity until the day that The Nazarene arrived on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, bringing redemption with him.
The chains were broken. His sanity was restored. His scars of guilt and shame were covered, and he at last found rest in the salvation offered only through the man called Christ. But what happened when Jesus and his disciples left? What became of the man that was told simply: "Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee?"
What difficulties did this once possessed man face as he made the lonely walk back into the village, absent from the presence of his Savior? How many shunned him? Was he mocked? Chased away by the very people that once called him brother, son, friend? This speculative look into the journey taken by a man set free from the bondage of sin walks the line between fear and faith, exploring the depths of man's depravity and God's forgiveness. Who, or what, will conquer in the end?
Through the Needle
by Chad PettitPublication Date February 12, 2018
Genres: Biblical Fiction
Setting: Syria Roman Empire - 32BC - 1461 AD
Written for: Adults
Damascus - 33 A.D. The followers of The Way have been scattered throughout the world to escape persecution at the hands of their own countrymen. Countless have been imprisoned. Many have died for their faith in Jesus, the Christ. Few hands are responsible for more blood than Saul, a zealous Pharisee from Tarsus. No wonder then that the disciples of Christ are in hiding throughout the city when word comes that Saul has arrived in Damascus with letters from the High Priest authorizing their arrest.
Unknown to them is the encounter on the way to Damascus Saul experienced that now has him cowering as a blind man in the house of a man named Judas. Forced to face the past that put him on the trail of blood, Saul is now trapped in physical darkness as he sees clearly for the first time. While the disciples of Christ hide from him, Saul is trying but failing to hide from himself.
On the other side of Damascus, a man named Ananias is tasked by Jesus himself to deliver a message to Saul. Ananias must battle through his own fear and cowardice, face the ridicule and faithlessness of his unbelieving wife, and somehow find a way to the man that will most likely kill him on sight. The truth of Jesus's words that he came to bring division to a family could not be truer as these polarized worlds collide in a tale filled with supernatural influences from both dark and light.