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OCTOBER SPOTLIGHT day two: Karin Kaufman

ALL SOULS

Longing for the Supernatural by Karin Kaufman

As Christians we know that the supernatural world—a world “where trees clap hands” and “God’s voice sounds like thunder,” as Bible teacher Beth Moore has said—is as real as the natural one, and I’m convinced we all have a deep, God-given need to experience the supernatural in our ordinary lives. We long to see what Elisha’s servant (2 Kings 6:17) saw when he had his eyes opened by the Lord and looked up to see the hillsides around him filled with horses and chariots of fire. At least in our braver moments we do.

In my twenties, even though I was a Christian, I was drawn to the fast-food side of the supernatural. As much as I longed for a taste of the invisible world I believed was there, I never experienced it through Christianity. But I wanted it. So I played around with wicca and studied “alternative paths”—from Celtic neopaganism to astral projection. All the fun (and pretty) stuff. The stuff without God attached, since an encounter with God would have required something of me I wasn’t prepared to give at that time.

Karin Kaufman

As a result, although I have strong, negative opinions on wicca, neopaganism, and the new age, I have nothing but empathy for young people caught up in those beliefs. I understand what draws them because it drew me too. And I know that someone trying to connect to the supernatural through wicca is far closer to God than he or she may realize.

Needless to say, I’m no longer involved in wicca, so this passion of mine—to expose wicca and similar beliefs for the danger they are—found an outlet in my mystery series. I knew I had to throw the heroine of the series, Anna Denning, into situations where she would have to deal with people—some of them villains, some not—who followed these paths. Witches, wiccans, neopagans, spiritualists, new agers who believe in ghosts—and I’m just getting started.

PURCHASE LINKS:

ALL SOULS

Amazon/Kindle. http://amzn.to/17gL3OQ

Barnes & Noble/Nook. http://bit.ly/1d4E6S1\

The Witch Tree

THE WITCH TREE

Amazon/Kindle. http://amzn.to/1fYSdMk

Barnes & Noble/Nook. http://bit.ly/16zack9

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OCTOBER SPOTLIGHT: Karin Kaufman

The Grace Awards is about to embark on a new adventure by “spotlighting” past winners and finalists so we can find out what they’re up to and where their writing journey has taken them. We’re delighted that our first author is  Karin Kaufman, an amazing author who’s debut novel THE WITCH TREE finaled in the 2011 Grace Awards in the Mystery/Thriller/Romantic Suspense category. Since All Hallows Eve, Halloween, and All Souls Day are approaching, we think it’s extremely appropriate that Karin will be sharing with us for two days as her new novel is entitled ALL SOULS.

ALL SOULS

Ignoring the Rules by Karin Kaufman

Earlier this year I took a break from writing my Anna Denning Mystery series to write a novel called All Souls, the first book in my new Gatehouse Thriller series. With much trepidation. So much so, in fact, that when I finished writing it, I published the book under the name K.T. Kaufman.

Not only had I never before written a thriller, but I decided that this time I’d let it fly. I’d write what the story called for. I’d write what was in my heart, regardless of the spoken and unspoken rules of Christian fiction and despite the strong possibility that, because of its language and violence, my book would offend some readers of my mysteries.

I’m not a cool Christian. I’m not a hipster who tries to tweak other Christians’ noses and push the boundaries because, hey, Jesus was a rebel, man. I’m just not. I take using “bad” language and portraying violence seriously.

And I didn’t set out to use bad language in All Souls because I thought that’s what edgy Christian fiction writers do or some such nonsense. I didn’t plan the language of the book at all, except that most of it would be in first person. But I found as I was writing it that bad language was called for in places. Who said it and when it was said—and most of all, who restrained from using it—had a purpose.

(I should add here that although some Christian reviewers have made note of its language, by secular fiction standards, All Souls is hardly wild. If readers of secular fiction are buying the book expecting, on the basis of some Amazon reviews, a profanity-laced story, they will be disappointed.)

Because I plot before I write, I knew the basic outline of the story before sitting down at the computer, but part way through the book, as I let the story develop in its unconstrained way, it changed. It became something I hadn’t fully intended: a story of what it costs one soul to forgive another—a more Christian story than I believe I could have written had I been mindful of the rules.

PURCHASE LINKS:

ALL SOULS

Amazon/Kindle. http://amzn.to/17gL3OQ

Barnes & Noble/Nook. http://bit.ly/1d4E6S1\

The Witch Tree

THE WITCH TREE

Amazon/Kindle. http://amzn.to/1fYSdMk

Barnes & Noble/Nook. http://bit.ly/16zack9

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