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Monday, December 16, 2019

Allen Steadham and Free Books!

Exploring the life of an ordinary young woman torn from all she's ever known, Jordan’s World shows that God reigns over the whole universe, and that consequences can span solar systems.

Our second post for this week introduces novelist Allen Steadham, author of the Christian Sci-Fi Fantasy novel, Jordan’s World (Ambassador International, July 2019).

Allen Steadham created comic books and webcomics before he started writing novels.

He has been married to his wife, Angel, since 1995 and they have two grown sons and a young daughter together. When not writing stories, Allen and his wife are singers, songwriters and musicians. They have both been in the Christian band called First Light since 1997. They live in Central Texas.

Steadham and his wife co-wrote the award-winning Christian webcomic Due East, which Steadham drew. Due East won Best Spiritual Comic and Most Profound Comic in 2008 from The Duck Webcomics. The full archive of those webcomics can presently be accessed through Steadham’s author website (below).

Steadham’s debut novel Mindfire drew inspiration from a comic series he created between 1980 and 2006 called The AR-MEN. Many characters and story elements made it into the novel. Those comics were never published but were a passion and labor of love.

Please tell us one random thing we might not know about you.

I like to take sky pictures with my iPhone and post them on Facebook and Instagram.

Your answer prompted me to check out your Facebook page. I love sky pictures, especially when the clouds provide the canvas for the sun to paint its colors! Nice shots.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Jordan's World.

Jordan Lewis and her mother are abducted and marooned on an alien world. Taken in by a friendly tribe of natives, Jordan tries her best to adapt to living on this strange planet called Algoran. She becomes a respectable huntress, but she still longs for the life she once knew on Earth. When she learns the beings who took her may be on the other side of Algoran, she sets out for answers. Joined by three of her fellow hunters, Jordan crosses dangerous terrain, facing perilous creatures and people.

Will Jordan risk death for a chance to return to Earth?

Jordan’s World is about a young woman overcoming obstacles and finding out who she is, no matter the cost. Standing still is not an option. She has to choose her way forward. Jordan is not a Christian, but God has a plan for her, whether she realizes it or not. Everything happens for a reason.

What is it about Jordan that will make your readers care about her?

Jordan has admirable qualities. She’s a survivor who’s managed to hold onto her heart, despite being uprooted from the life she’d known for the first seventeen years of her life. She’s strong but vulnerable, too. She’s becoming a young adult but resisting it at the same time. She’s still adapting to a different culture, as the world of Algoran is very different from Earth. There’s virtually no technology, the population is smaller, life is much more precious, and family is everything in the tribe she is adopted into, along with her mother.

Jordan will make the hard decisions, but she doesn’t have to like it. And she’s learning herself at the same time. What kind of woman does she want to be?

What fictional character would you like to meet?

From Jordan’s World, I think I’d like to meet Reiban, one of Jordan’s friends on Algoran. He’s a hunter married to Jordan’s best friend, Zoska (also from Algoran). Reiban is funny, sincere and generally a nice guy. His interactions with Zoska and Jordan are quite amusing and sometimes moving.

If someone else’s fictional character, I’d say Geordi LaForge from Star Trek: The Next Generation. I followed the shows, movies and even read the novels for years. LaForge seems a nice balance of serious and fun, excelling at work while trying to make the best of being a human being. And he’s a tech geek, so we’d probably relate on that level, too.

I always loved Geordi, and I thought LeVar Burton did a great job, making us connect with him even though we weren't able to look him in the eye.

What is the last novel you read that you would recommend?

What the Wind Knows by Amy Harmon. It’s a Historical Time Travel Romance novel that bounces between the United States in 2001 and Ireland around the 1920s. Very well written, extremely informative, nice twists and the Irish ancestry in me felt a kinship through the novel. That’s pretty rare.

I've seen that cover but hadn't read a synopsis of the book. Now I'm hooked.

What are you working on now?

I’m finishing edits on the third novel in the Jordan of Algoran series, Jordan’s Deliverance (the second Jordan novel will be released in the near future). I’ve also started the first book in a Christian steampunk trilogy.

Your books sound like they'd be great for both adults and young adults.

Where else can readers find you online?

Webpage – allensteadham.com

The book can be purchased online via the following button:

A sample from the book can be read HERE

Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?

What would you like to see happen in a Christian fiction novel that you’ve never seen done before?

Thank you, Allen, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Allen has offered to give away a free copy of his book. To enter, leave a comment and your email below in answer to his question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Remember that U.S. subscribers are entered an additional time in each drawing. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com. 

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