Nickname: Ben Wolf
Personal Philosophy: Live Free or Die Hard
Fave Scripture (& why): Romans 8:28 – Read it. God always fulfills his promises to us.
Fave Quote: “The first chapter sells the book; the last chapter sells the next book.” ― Mickey Spillane
In high school I was an outspoken Christ-follower, actor, musician, and wannabe writer.
Ben is the author of Blood for Blood, a classic vampire tale that asks the important question: is anyone beyond the redemption of Christ’s blood?
Hunger drove Raven Worth to the big tent revival that night, but it wasn’t what made him stay. Usually in such a public gathering he’d have lurked just beyond the edge of the crowd to scan the fringes for stragglers. In other settings he’d often harvest the ones who looked the most destitute or lonely. He could relate to them. He knew their pain.
But not that night. The crowd seemed devoid of the transients and homeless nobodies Raven preferred. Everyone beamed with happiness—they enjoyed the service, the evangelist’s booming voice, and even each other in a form of unity Raven hadn’t seen since before he turned. Then again, that was almost a hundred years ago. Sometimes it felt more like a thousand.
A few children wandered along the crowd’s outer ring, not engaged by the service in the least. One of them, a small girl with hair so blonde that it seemed to glow under the moonlight, sat alone on the ground and played with a rag doll. Raven couldn’t help but stare at her.
Who would leave such a beautiful child unattended? Raven clenched his fists. Didn’t her parents know what kinds of horrors roamed the night in search of weak, vulnerable prey exactly like her? Perhaps she was an orphan, with no one to look out for her wellbeing.
A rumble in Raven’s stomach and a brief spell of lightheadedness reminded him of why he’d come tonight. He shook off the weakness and resigned himself to his task.
– Excerpted from Chapter 1 of Blood for Blood, by Ben Wolf
Ben, it’s a pleasure to have you on The Scriblerians today! And how cool to hang our with you twice in one week! Tell us, whom did you have in mind when you wrote Blood for Blood?
10% of me wrote Blood for Blood for Christians who wanted to enjoy a solid Christian spec fic novel. 20% of me wrote it for nonChristians who might be willing to read it and enjoy a good story. 70% of me wrote it for Christians who don’t know how to show God’s love to people who are different than us.
That’s a struggle for all of us. What do you hope readers will take away from your book?
If you’re a nonChristian reader, know that God loves you.
If you’re already a Christian, be reminded that we need to be careful how we treat people who are different than us because our actions, right or wrong, affect nonChristians’ perceptions of who Jesus is. So endeavor to treat everyone with love, be they vampire or not.
You know vampires aren’t real, right? 😉 Which character is most like you and why?
I’ve been told I’m a lot like Raven (the main character) but at times I think I’m more like Garrett (the villain) because I get it wrong so often, but God’s not done with me yet.
If you could meet one of your characters in real life, which one would it be and what would you do together?
I’d like to meet Luco. I think we would talk a lot about my life and he could give me some wise counsel on how I could better follow God.
Luco is a great character. A testament to what it looks like to love people like God loves them.
Thanks for hanging out with us today, Ben!
You can connect with Ben at his website (sign up for his newsletter in the lower right corner and get a bunch of free stories), and on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and Amazon.
GIVEAWAY! Ben is giving an ebook of Blood for Blood to one lucky reader. If you’re interested in a chance to win a copy, head over to my blog (lisagodfrees.com) before Monday and leave a comment. For an extra chance to win, comment here as well.
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Great interview. I loved getting the behind the scenes and between the lines scoop on this story. It’s so cool that Christian fiction has branched out into so many different genres. Yay for creative people who can write compelling fiction from a Christian worldview.
I agree. Christian spec fic keeps getting better and better. You know my motto: “Speculative Fiction: Because our God is supernatural” 😉
I have a feeling we live in exciting times in the Christian specfic world. 🙂 Learning more about the book makes me more intrigued to read it!
Did you know specfic is one letter away from specific? 😉
There is some great Christian spec fic out there! I’m a fan for sure. As soon as I finish my library book, I’m going to read Blood for Blood. It’s been on my TBR pile for a while.
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I started Blood for Blood this morning. I’m forcing myself to be productive before I treat myself to a few more chapters.
It’s a good one. I’m thoroughly engrossed in Lizzy & Jane by Katherine Reay. Her books are phenomenal.