P.A.Baines

A wasted youth, Asteroids, and why I don’t play Farmville

I wouldn’t say I wasted my entire youth, just some of it. To be truthful I was pretty busy most of the time, so don’t feel too guilty. There were times, however, when I struggled to find things to do. We had no Internet, no cable TV, no DVDs, no personal computers or cell phones. […]

“Riotous Living” in Christian Fiction

“Riotous Living” in Christian Fiction

As a writer of Christian fiction aimed squarely at the Christian reader, I find myself performing something of a balancing act with regard to what I include in my stories. The way I see it, there are two broad aspects to every Christian novel: Christian content and worldly content. By Christian content, I mean all […]

Trying Something New

Trying Something New

Something happened to me during the last quarter of 2012. Usually, my life is pretty mundane. I’d tell you just how mundane, but I don’t want you nodding off on me. Better just to trust what I tell you. My life is normally very, very predictable. As 2012 drew to an end, however, it was […]

Magic Realism?

Magic Realism?

It’s been two years-and-a-bit since Alpha Redemption hit the shelves. I still haven’t fully recovered from the shock, which might explain why the sequel has taken so long. Although, in my defence, I did finish Hanzet in the meantime so I reckon that’s a good excuse. One thing I discovered while writing the sequel is […]

Unidentified Flying Sheds

Unidentified Flying Sheds

I love DIY. I’m not very good at it, but that doesn’t stop me trying. I think it’s the “big boy, big toy” thing. Leave me alone for a day in a hardware store and I’m as happy as a dung-beetle in Jurassic Park. It’s the same reason I enjoy building computers and even keeping […]

What’s the Use of Poetry?

If you are anything like me, then you will not be particularly fond of poetry. We studied it at school but I guess I never really saw the point. There probably was a point, I figured, otherwise why even teach it? But the teachers at my school never bothered much with the reasons for learning […]

Some things my mum taught me

I’ve been thinking about my mum recently. I think about her a lot, but these past weeks she has been on my mind more than usual. She died thirteen years ago at the youthful age of sixty. You kids out there might scoff and say that this isn’t “young”, but she was young inside, and […]

Speed of Light

Speed of Light

Now that I’m between edits I’m feeling a little bit lost. I like the exhilaration and anticipation that comes with finishing a manuscript. The story I set out to write so long ago is finally down and now I can put it aside for a while before tackling the next batch of edits. So what […]