What inspired the novel Flee from Evil, you ask?
Around 20 years ago I watched Mel Gibson play a character who rescued his son from kidnappers when law enforcement could no longer help him. I’d just started to read Christian fiction and wondered, “How could this be written from a biblical perspective?” I also wondered, “How could the writers have inserted a little romance?” I had no plans to be an author at the time, but this story swirled in my head—characters added, others subtracted, various settings—until I began to reveal bits to family. They marveled at the crazy churnings of my mind, but none of us believed I’d actually turn it into a book.
More than ten years later, after my daughter inspired me to get serious about writing, I still hadn’t planned to write this story. I created and published three completely new ones. Why? From a human perspective, I couldn’t tell you. From a Godly perspective, I believe He wanted it to marinate a little longer. Had I written it first, it wouldn’t have had the layers and textures that now make it what it is. It also wouldn’t have had the characters whose life experiences I’d yet to appreciate at a deeper level. The sweet, ten-year-old boy struggling with autism. The tattoo-laden, Harley-riding, elder of the church. The former dirt-track race car driver who, despite his hardened exterior, has stolen some reader’s hearts with his rarely-exposed kindnesses. These characters were drawn from people whose lives unfolded while I matured as a writer.
Though I’d planned to make the “pastor with a past” someone who’d grown up in a country-club lifestyle, I hadn’t planned to make his new best friend, and the man who brought him to Christ, his mechanic. Nor had I planned to make the church he pastored a “redneck church” until my cousin had lovingly given his own church that label, the one I’d come to see like home and family.
This story is about forgiveness, redemption and the manifestation of Romans 8:28 where God can not only make bad things that happen to a person good. He can also use the bad things a person has done for His glory.
Unlike the movie that inspired it, it is not just about a man who’d do anything for his child—as God has done for us. It’s about a God who can re-purpose the lowliest of lives and make them extraordinary!
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A pastor with a past uses his underworld connections to try and save the child of the woman he wronged many years ago.
Pastor Vince Steegle thought his destructive beginnings were ancient history, but the ramifications of his prior choices just walked in the door of his church. Is Romans 8:28 really true? Can God really make all things good? Or is Vince’s past just too ugly?
After the death of her much-beloved husband, Cassandra Whitaker is looking for security for her children. One, a teen on the cusp of womanhood. The other, a young boy struggling with the effects of autism. But there are those who seek to destroy them. Can Cassandra keep her family safe, or must she flee from evil?