Hey, I’m glad you dropped by! This page will tell you a little bit about me, my background, my writing, and what you can expect to find at Decompose.
I’ve lived in SoCal my entire life. My wife Lisa and I were married in 1980, and have raised four children, all of whom live in Southern California. I grew up reading, drawing, watching the Twilight Zone, going to the weekend matinee — pretty much anything I could do to escape. I attended Catholic school before veering off on my own spiritual quest, one that’s left me bruised but wiser.
I’ve chronicled my conversion to Christianity in a series of blog posts entitled The Hard Road Home #1, #2 and #3. Shortly after committing my life to Christ, I was ordained and planted a church in my hometown. I remained in full-time ministry for eleven years. It was a bittersweet experience, one I chronicled in my essay “The Ark,” which was published in Relief Journal 2.3. It received the Editor’s Choice award. During that time, I preached, taught adult Sunday School, led worship, counseled, developed discipleship curriculum for several churches, trained small group leaders, and was a Youth Pastor. After leaving the ministry, I returned to the construction field, and during my off hours began to pursue a career in writing. This website is a part of that journey.
ABOUT MY WEBSITE
I launched this website in July 2005. People often ask me about the title of my blog. It comes from my essay Let Us Decompose, which was first published in Relevant Magazine back in 2006. Webster defines “decompose” as: “to separate or resolve into constituent parts or elements; to distill, fractionate, and analyze.” In a similar way, Decompose is about deconstructing ideas, distilling thoughts, analyzing trends, parsing commentary, and contemplating pop culture. It is de-composition.
I blog about what interests me, and tend to jump around within topics. My subheader specifies Faith, Culture and Composition, three topics that inspire the bulk of my blogging. I tend to get thinky here and value lively discussion. The comments are always open and I encourage participation, especially from those who dissent. I also use a lot of sarcasm, which can sometimes be interpreted as meanness by those who don’t know me. But trust me, I am not. Because I’m a novelist, I talk a lot about writing-related issues. Because I’m a Christian writer, I blog about things related to theology, Christian fiction, faith-based stories, and the Christian publishing industry. Above all, I approach Decompose as a creative outlet, a laboratory, a record of interests, a ministry tool, a confessional, and a platform to engage readers, writers, and spiritual seekers.
MY BLOGGING SCHEDULE
I usually post three times a week: Monday, Wednesday and Friday. This is not a set-in-stone schedule, as I work full-time, write professionally, and value my mental health. Nevertheless, I do try to keep content rolling, even if it’s just lame posts about my Netflix queue or pics of my dogs.
In my sidebar you’ll find my Top Posts from week to week. Over the last six years, these 20 articles are some of my most linked-to, commented upon, or just plain important. These posts will give you an idea of the kind of topics that tend to draw people to this site and the type of issues I like to explore.
- Is There a Conspiracy Against Christian Art?
- What’s Your Brand?
- The Dilemma of Self-Promotion
- Must a Church Be Friendly?
- 10 Ways Writing Short Stories Can Benefit Novelists
- The New Demographic: Christian Who Don’t Like Christian Fiction
- Counting Cusswords
- How Not To Answer an Atheist
- Christian Fiction and “The New Edgy”
- Destined for Dystopia
- On Christian Horror and Atheist Dread
- Let’s Stop Being So Easily Offended
- Why Supernatural Fiction is Under-Represented in Christian Bookstores
- In Praise of Bad Reviews
- 5 Reasons Your Pastor Should Read Fiction
In Spring of 2010, I signed a two-book contract with Charisma House. My first book, The Resurrection, was released in February 2011. My second novel, tentatively entitled The Telling, is due out May 2012. I am a guest columnist at Novel Journey, which was included in Writer’s Digest 101 BEST WEBSITES FOR WRITERS, 2008, 2010 & 2011. I am represented by Rachelle Gardner of Wordserve Literary. You can find out more about my writing projects HERE.
OTHER WAYS TO CONNECT WITH ME
I attempt to stay active on all these social networking sites. At the moment, Decompose, Facebook, and Twitter are my top three. But you can get in touch with me through all of them.
Thanks so much for visiting deCOMPOSE! I hope you enjoy your visit here and feel free to join the conversation.