This is the first in a series of blog tours featuring authors and stories from Splashdown Books, your source for the finest in Christian speculative fiction, and publisher of my novels The Muse and The Seer, and my short-story collection Odd Little Miracles.
The day Michael Morrison died was the day his life began.
A sinister threat is growing in the void between realities, and Michael has been recruited to stop it. Ripped from his own violent life, he is sent rift jumping to other worlds seeking out the agents of the Dark and putting them to an end by any means necessary. The love of his life, Sara, joins him as he battles Civil War space ships, sea serpents, super-powered humans, and even his own duplicate from a parallel timeline.
But the darkness he fights is growing within him too, calling him to the same destiny as every other Michael from every other world. If he is to change his fate, he must learn to love, to forgive, to trust, and to let the man in the Stetson guide him to become the warrior of the Light he was always meant to be.
Interview with Greg Mitchell
How do you incorporate themes and purpose into your work, or do you?
There are absolutely themes in my stories, but my philosophy on incorporating them has changed in, really, just the last couple years. When I was a younger man, I would set out with a theme in mind. “This story is about greed.” And then I’d set out to create characters and situations that reflect that central theme. Almost always that comes out as, what people would describe as “preachy”. Reflecting on it now, it is preachy. If you begin a story just to make a point, then you’re preaching something (not necessarily religious) no matter how much cool stuff you add to it. But recently—especially with something like Rift Jump—I think of the story first. I think of the characters and their specific journey. Then, as I’m writing that journey and they begin to face struggles and learn about themselves and grow, I discover that there are themes already waiting for me to address. There’s even a “message”, if you will. A lesson you can learn from their lives. But it’s not something that I put in there, it’s something that just came as a result of this character living their life. In the case of Rift Jump, I just had this idea of two teenage runaways, desperately in love, traveling across the multiverse on a mission from God battling evil. That was that initial “wow cool!” moment. As I really started to personalize these characters and lived in their shoes, I really took a long hard look at their lives and their thoughts and emotions and their pasts and all this baggage that they carry around. I just wanted to document them—to portray the good and the bad. From that, the characters started guiding me toward the lessons they were learning. I started learning along with them, just by observing their struggles. Hopefully those are lessons we can learn from as well.
How has being with Splashdown Books made your novel better?
Certainly my editors had some great suggestions on how to improve the story or sequence of events. Some were not-so-great suggestions, and Grace was always willing to trust my judgment and let me decide which suggestions to keep and which to discard. It was that trust and that freedom that I really appreciated. I think the book is much better for everyone’s input.
To order Rift Jump: http://www.splashdownbooks.com/darkwater/rift-jump
Visit the other stops on this Splashdown Blog Tour for Rift Jump by Greg Mitchell:
Grace Bridges http://grace.splashdownbooks.com
Caprice Hokstad http://caprice.splashdownbooks.com/
Paul Baines http://www.pabaines.com/page8.htm
Travis Perry http://travissbigidea.blogspot.com/
R. L. Copple http://blog.rlcopple.com
Keven Newsome http://www.kevennewsome.com
Kat Heckenbach http://www.katheckenbach.com/
Ryan Grabow http://www.egrabow.com/rm.php?e=Prime
Diane M. Graham http://dianemgraham.com/blog/
Robynn Tolbert http://ranunculusturtle.blogspot.com/
Frank Creed http://blog.frankcreed.com/