Caleb Ward

Why I Started Writing:

When I was little, my mom would pay me 25 cents for every book I read. This started a veracious love of reading, although I don’t still get 25 cents, because I would have bankrupted my mom at this point. I loved to enter worlds and connect with complex characters. These stories did not merely offer me an escape from the world, but instead they brought me a deeper understanding of the world around me, myself, and the God who created both.

I still love to read, but I didn’t stop there. For years, I crafted stories and characters in my head in what I called imaginating, and I always longed to tell those stories. Seeing that passion within me, my grandfather urged me to write. It took about ten years of convincing, but I finally wrote something and instantly fell in love with writing. When I write, I feel like my imagination as a creator connects with God’s imagination as the creator to form something better than I thought possible.

There are so many great stories and worlds out there, but if you’re like me, you want fantastic worlds of escape that also point to truth. Just as Jesus gave us parables or CS Lewis gave us Narnia, we need more stories that deepen our relationship with God while also drawing us into worlds of adventure, excitement, and complex characters. That is my passion.

Authors Who Have Influenced Me:

I love to read as much as I love to write, so there are lots of authors who’ve inspired me. The biggest one would be Ted Dekker. While a little darker than I would go, his storytelling is incredible. Other authors I love who have influenced me are Bryan Davis, Terri Blackstock, Karen Kingsbury, and Francine Rivers.

Books I Have Written:

Downfall from the Creativity Stone series is my first full length novel. I have also written a Biblical fiction novella titled Reconciled: The Story of Philemon and Onesimus for the app FaithJourneys. However, I have about forty other books outlined and screaming to be written.

What I'm Working On Now:

I have about forty books outlined, but currently I’m working on the sequel to Downfall, titled Transcendence.

Photo of Caleb Web for the ELPI website

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