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by Mike Duran · 37 comments

Hey, I’m so glad you stopped by to check out my blog and website. I’d love to hear from you! I’m available for interviews, guest blogging, speaking (when possible), or any question you might have about faith, family, or writing. You can email me at:

cirdog[at]yahoo[dot]com

Thanks for visiting. Looking forward to hearing from you!

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Guy Stewart May 16, 2010 at 7:21 PM

Dear Mike:

Congrats on the contract! SO cool! You SO deserve this finally!

FYI, I used a discussion you’ve been talking about for a while regarding changes in the church (which intersects with a subject I’m interested in: the “missional church” movement, in particular Reggie McNeal’s THE PRESENT FUTURE). If you’re interested in reading the entry, here’s the address:
http://faithandsciencefiction.blogspot.com/2010/05/possibly-irritating-essays-rewriting.html

Keep up the good work here — BUT GET TO WORK ON YOUR BOOKS!

Guy Stewart

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Jeff Pauls July 10, 2010 at 7:38 AM

Hi Mike,

I just discovered your site about a month ago. I had googled atheist comments and came across your discussion with and about some atheist (I forget his name now). Since then I’ve read a few different posts and find that we (you and I) seem to be approaching life in a lot of the same ways, i.e. holding our beliefs with an “open hand,” letting God be God and recognizing (at least making a sincere effort to do so) that we are finite and he is infinite and loving.

1 Corinthian 13:12 – For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known.

Anyway, I have a question. I was reading your “about” page and I tried to link to Relief Journal 2.3 and it seems to be dead. Any suggestions?

Thanks for what you’re doing. Keep loving God and obeying him. I perceive your website as evidence of this fact.

Warm Regards,
Jeff

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Mike Duran July 10, 2010 at 8:04 AM

Jeff, thanks so much for following my blog and for the heads-up about that link. Those silly folks at Relief are always tinkering with stuff! I found a link for Issue 2.3 in Single Issues under Buy. I changed the link in my “about” section, or you can go to it HERE. Once again, thanks for the kind words and encouragement, Jeff!

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Sally August 30, 2010 at 7:50 AM

Sounds like somebody needs a trip to

http://www.SMARTBITCHESTRASHYBOOKS.com/index.php/weblog/comments/daily-kos-on-romance-novels/

to get schooled on why women read romance. Besides, I thought good writers were supposed to avoid cliche.

From a happily married (20 yrs+) multi-gravida.

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Katie Dalton September 27, 2010 at 1:46 PM

Hi Mike, well i just found out about you from the interview you did with Merrie. :) After looking over your upcoming book I became even more intrigued. Check out my blog review site if you get a chance, we do reviews on Paranormal and Sci Fi.
Maybe we can review + interview you soon? Let me know. It would be nice to have a male interview for a change. :)
Much Love
Katie
ismellsheep.blogspot.com

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Jonathan Myers January 24, 2011 at 5:53 PM

Mike-
Your website is fantastic. Keep up the good work. The articles addressing Speculative Fiction are thoughtful and inspiring. I’m an illustrator and co-founder of Odyssey Illustrated Press, a small independent publisher devoted to publishing Christian Speculative Fiction. I’d be honored if you could check out our site and let us know your thoughts. We have signed on five authors thus far and our first novel is a Science-Fantasy that will be released in early march 2011. Please keep pushing the cause of Christ in Speculative Fiction. You are a true champion of the genre and we need your voice to help further the cause.

A Brother in Christ,
Jonathan Myers

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Jay Manning March 5, 2011 at 9:40 PM

Hello Mr. Duran, I just finished your book resurrection,and I have to say it was outstanding.Titles and covers do make a difference,especially one as new to christian fiction as I am.I only knew Dekker,Peretti,and ran across Rubart.But now I have a new author to look out for,so thank you for your hard work.I’ll be waiting for your new book!God bless you and your writing!

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Dennis Johnston March 13, 2011 at 1:57 PM

Mike, congrates on the book I just finished it nice work. I love to read christian friction and yours was good. Hope you and the family are well. send mwe an e-mail when you get a chance love to catch up.
Dennis

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Nikole Hahn March 13, 2011 at 7:04 PM

I’m doing a blog tour on your book, The Resurrection next week and it was so good that I had to tell you now how much I enjoyed it. I couldn’t put it down. It was one of those rare books where I am compelled to read it to the very end. I read your blog and got to know you through a debate on Rebecca Miller’s site and seeing that your name was on this particular book thought I would participate. It’s earned a spot on my permanent library as re-readable. Loved it!

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Nikole Hahn March 18, 2011 at 1:18 PM

Would you do a guest blog on either Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday of next week for The Resurrection Blog Tour on my site? Let me know by Sunday. I’ll be putting the tour together on my site by then.

Thanks!

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Zoltan James August 6, 2011 at 8:56 AM

Hello Mike,
This is my first email to you. I’ve been following you quite some time and enjoy your posts. I was impressed with your frankness about losing your job, whilst continuing to focus on your family and writing, plus taking on a visiting foreign student. I’ve been there with losing a job before and while it’s stressful, I have found that it always turns out for the better. So keep the faith (I know you will), and wishing you all the best in your literary endeavors.

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Nancy Jill Thames September 26, 2011 at 8:02 AM

Re: today’s Novel Rocket article.
Thought provoking article for a Christian author, like myself, to read. When I write a story, one of the main objectives is to let others see Jesus in me. Hopefully, they’ll remember how Jillian Bradley responded to a situation in a loving, Christlike manner. Paying for a funeral for the victim when his mother simply could not afford one, taking in an amnesia victim and helping him find answers when he had no one to turn to, and so forth and so on. I didn’t even know I was a Christian author until a person left a negative comment on a review, accusing me of not letting my readers know they were reading Christian fiction!

I suppose we should just write from our hearts and let God direct where our words go.

Best regards,

Nancy Jill Thames, Author
THE JILLIAN BRADLEY MYSTERY SERIES

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Ashley Jacobs October 6, 2011 at 11:29 AM

Hi Mike

I found your blog looking for Christian bloggers with an interest in Speculative Fiction… I find many of your opinions about faith and fiction to be well thought out, challenging and wise/truthful. Look forward to your posts!

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Glenda October 11, 2011 at 1:15 PM

Hey,
I was wondering if you went to high school in Hays, KS

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Mike Duran October 16, 2011 at 5:33 PM

No, I didn’t, Glenda.

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Ann October 25, 2011 at 7:46 AM

Dear Mike,

Thank you for this blog. I am a graduate student in business with a passion for writing, and many of your posts have gotten me thinking about writing and faith in new ways.

One struggle I have had is how not to idolize writing, and I was wondering if you have anything to share about that. I find that when I really get into writing, I can spend whole days and weeks absorbed in fiction worlds and have a hard time connecting with God or even finding motivation to pray and read the Bible, fellowship with others, etc.

It would be very helpful if you could comment on this!

Ann

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Nancy Jill Thames October 25, 2011 at 8:17 AM

Hi Mike,

Please pray that I can get into CreateSpace and publish my book by Monday, October 31st. I need a miracle, Mike. My computer won’t let me in to make changes.

Thanks.

Nancy Jill

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Christine Johnson March 6, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Mike,

Could you please get in touch with me about an interview?

Thanks.

Chris

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Skadi meic Beorh April 27, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Great to have you speaking about Christian horror and spec-fic. Not sure there are too many of us!

Here are a few of my titles in print:

The Highwayman’s Tale (e-book only, a dark Christian fantasy)

Emhain Macha Dark Rain (Irish/Celtic mythopoetic poetry)

Golgotha (poetry of the Cross)

The Place Where Infinity Blooms a dark fantasy (released this Summer 2012)

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Scathe meic Beorh May 7, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Mike.

I just linked your blog on mine, here:

http://speculativefictionweblog.wordpress.com/

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Rosemary Hines May 29, 2012 at 10:34 AM

I am seeking reviews for the first two books in my Sandy Cove series. How would I go about submitting them for consideration?
Thanks!
Rosemary

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Noel Goetz June 15, 2012 at 11:08 PM

Really enjoyed this interview and the quality of the answers to your questions. Do MORE! Maybe it’s time for a new interview? Something to consider.
I write a (I hate using the word Christian anything) Serial at cardinalmeadows.com
Best to you. Noel

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Diana L. Flegal July 27, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Hey Mike, Can you email me? I wanted to forward you a email several authors have received that I believe are scams asking for 11 books for their senior citizen bookclub.
Diana

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Randall Arthur August 7, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Mike,

My name is Randall Arthur. I had three bestselling works of Christian fiction published in the 90′s – Wisdom Hunter, Jordan’s Crossing, and Brotherhood of Betrayal.
The books were published by Questar, Multnomah, and Word. You can preview the books on Amazon.

After ten years of silence, I have just released my fourth novel, titled Forgotten Road. I have self-published this novel under my own label – Life Image Publishers.

You can preview the book, and see the trailer, on my website: RandallArthur.com.

If I send a complimentary copy of the book to you, would you consider reviewing it?

Thanks,
Randall
Rdhus@aol.com
770-506-7243
RandallArthur.com

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Randall Arthur August 7, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Mike,

My name is Randall Arthur. I had three bestselling works of Christian fiction published in the 90′s – Wisdom Hunter, Jordan’s Crossing, and Brotherhood of Betrayal.
The books were published by Questar, Multnomah, and Word. You can preview the books on Amazon.

After ten years of silence, I have just released my fourth novel, titled Forgotten Road. I have self-published this novel under my own label – Life Image Publishers.

You can preview the book, and see the trailer, on my website: RandallArthur.com.

If I send a complimentary copy of the book to you, would you consider reviewing it?

Is this a paid service? Or do you review for free? And how many people follow your reviews?

Thanks,
Randall
Rdhus@aol.com
770-506-7243
RandallArthur.com

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Amre Cortadino October 14, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Hello! It was a pleasure to find your website. I am searching for a Christian Fantasy Reviewer (or two or twenty! Ha!). I’m so disappointed that you don’t review Indie self-published books. Believing that our talents are to be used for God’s glory and, in my case, knowing that my book would not have been written had God not told the story, I’m imploring you to give us self-pub’ed Christians a chance. Please? :)

Please check out my website @ http://www.valleyoftheshadows.net where you’ll find a free excerpt of the book. If you’re so moved, I would great appreciate your review. Thank you so much for your time and consideration. GBY!

Cordially,

Amre Cortadino

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