by Keven Newsome
I remember the first book I read by Alton Gansky. It was A Ship Possessed. I was still fairly new to the Christian Fiction scene. Spec fic was even more scarce then. Peretti was hot, and I devoured those books. Left Behind was hot, and I was reading on them because they were there. Dekker was still somewhat new, and I wasn’t sure about taking a chance on him yet.
Since then I’ve followed his career and come to appreciate the tremendous influence his writing has had on us suspense/thriller/horror types when writing with a Christian world-view. Where Peretti is the Crichton of Christian literature and Dekker is the Stephen King, Alton Gansky would be the Dean Koontz.
On a personal note, I’d like to thank him for helping blaze the trails that give books like mine a fighting chance in this industry.
And since the Bio he provided is much more clever and well written than I could even hope to provide, I’ll now give that bio to you directly.
Alton Gansky is a professional used-to-be and the author of forty or so books and a bunch of other stuff. He is also the director of the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference in North Carolina (www.brmcwc.com), the new Southwest Christian Writers Studio, and the new Next.Level Novelist Retreat, both in New Mexico. He is also the founder of Gansky.Communications (www.ganskycommunications.com) and has been collaborator/writer on many books. When not writing, wait, who is he kidding, he’s always writing. His boy-does-this-need-a-makeover website is www.altongansky.com. He has recently backed into video editing and has no idea where that might lead.
Al was one of the first I contacted when we started this guest series. I contacted him, along with a few others, to see what my ceiling would be as far as the notoriety of the authors who join us. Imagine my surprise when Al quickly agreed. He has been tremendously generous with his time and correspondence with me, and on behalf of the New Authors’ Fellowship I will say that we are immensely honored and thrilled to have him share with us the story of how he came to publication.
And now here’s our guest Alton Gansky, in his own words…