In keeping with the creepy-books theme this month, you know the vampires and zombies and things that go bump in the night, I invited Ben Wolf to join us for an interview and discuss his Blood for Blood novel, which is currently on sale for 99 cents! So without further ado: Please welcome Ben Wolf!
Please tell us a bit about you. What do you like to do when you aren’t writing? Any hobbies? Are you a coffee or tea person? Do you have any children or pets?
Thanks so much for having me. I’m a bit nuts, but in a good way. I love watching action/adventure movies and TV shows, and I also take MMA classes at a local gym. I enjoy playing volleyball, sword-fighting, shooting friends with Nerf guns, and hearing myself talk, especially in front of large groups.
I prefer tea to coffee (I don’t like coffee at all), but I don’t drink tea very often either. I’m caffeine-free these days since I get too many withdrawal headaches when I do drink the caffeine and then don’t follow up with more caffeine soon enough.
What are some of your favorite books?
I’m a fan of basically everything that Robert Liparulo and Frank Peretti have written. I’ve read pretty much every book by both of them that I could get my hands on. I’m a huge fan of Peretti’s The Oath, especially. That’s probably my all-time favorite book. Germ, by Robert Liparulo, is probably number two on that list.
Tell us a little about Blood for Blood. What inspired you to write this story?
Blood for Blood asks the question of what if a vampire got saved? Technically, vampires don’t have souls, so God isn’t able to redeem them, but Luke 1:37 reads that nothing is impossible with or for God. So those two questions lock horns and grapple.
A friend of mine at a 2009 writers conference was drawing a variety of compelling comparisons between vampirism and Christianity. I loved the idea of a vampire becoming a Christian and being asked to help set up for a big tent revival–and then being handed a mallet and a wooden stake to help secure the tent.
The juxtaposition of the two worldviews (vampirism and Christianity) sharpened for me in that moment, and the idea for Blood for Blood blossomed in my mind like a dark flower. I wrote it a couple of years later, published it a couple years after that, and it just won the 2015 Cascade Award for Best Speculative Fiction Novel.
What do you hope people walk away with after they finish reading this book?
Blood for Blood has two audiences, and I expect each of them to gather a different message. For nonChristians, the message is straightforward and familiar: God will always love you, and there’s nothing you could do that God couldn’t redeem you from. No matter what you’ve done, God wants to get to know you and have a relationship with you.
For Christians, the message is very different, and it’s much harsher at times. Simply put, it matters how we as Christians treat others. We represent Christ with each one of our actions. As such, when we’re jerks to people who are different than us, that’s how we’re representing Christ. When we treat others well, that’s a reflection of Christ too.
What are you working on now? What’s next for you?
I’m developing a sci-fi horror novel as we speak. I’ve got most of the basic outline done, and I’m set to begin working on it in November for NaNoWriMo. I have purposely given myself permission to write during that month, despite a busy freelance editing schedule. I’m hopeful that I can knock out a big chunk of the book, if not finish the first draft entirely.
And just for fun, if you could visit any time and place in the world, where would you go and why?
I would absolutely go to Australia, specifically Sydney. I visited there as a middle-schooler, and I’ve been aching to get back ever since. It’s a beautiful place, and I’m a big fan of kangaroos. I’m eager to see it again.
Side note: You can get Blood for Blood for 99 cents, but only for a limited time! This sale ends Saturday the 24th of October, so get your copy before the Halloween season (and this deal) ends.
Thank you Ben Wolf!
Future bestselling author Ben Wolf is the founder and Executive Editor of Splickety Publishing Group, your source for the best flash fiction in the world. He’s also the author of “Blood for Blood,” the acclaimed novel of what would happen if a vampire got saved.
In 7th grade he saw the movie “Congo,” and it was so bad he wrote a parody of it. So began his writing career. Later in life he served as a pastor and as a telecommunications salesperson, but in 2013 he jumped overboard and took the deep plunge into the world of professional publishing. Now, the author of multiple forthcoming novels, he writes and edits full-time, teaches and speaks at conferences and other venues nationwide, and most days he sleeps in as late as he wants.
When not writing, Ben sword fights with his friends, plays volleyball, and wastes time on video games. He lives in the Midwest and is an avid Packers fan. For more about Ben, check out www.benwolf.com, follow him on twitter at @1BenWolf, and look him up on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thebenwolf. If you sign up to receive his very occasional author newsletter, you’ll receive a bunch of free stuff. You can do that on his website as well.
Above all else, keep reading Ben Wolf’s books. He’s not going to stop writing them, so you might as well.
Have a great weekend y’all!