Jason William Karpf
Why I Started Writing:
Storytelling was the family business. My late mother, Elinor Karpf-Hager, a screenwriter for nearly thirty years, was my teacher and eventual business partner in the entertainment industry. I began my storytelling as an actor and short-story contest winner as a child, transitioning to screenwriter as a young man. At midlife, I directed my writing passion toward marketing, fundraising, and teaching. Today, I return to fiction, telling stories in the name of Jesus.
Authors Who Have Influenced Me:
Rod Serling, creator of The Twilight Zone, uses our dreams and defects to make the unbelievable inevitable. We would jump aboard a Kanamit saucer in “To Serve Man.” We would join the neighborhood mob in “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street.” And just like the cast of characters in every episode, we’d fall victim to the Serling twist in the end.
Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond, places dilemma and violence in beautiful murals, daring us to look away. In the novel version of Live and Let Die, the Caribbean’s undersea life captivates as .007 scuba-dives toward his assassination target. In the movie version of Goldfinger, Fort Knox’s inner sanctum dazzles as Bond battles to stop economic Armageddon.
Ray Bradbury bridges our small-town past and space-age future, turning everyday people into astronauts, time-travelers, or dinosaur-hunters. In The Martian Chronicles, the Red Planet replaces the American West—desolate, dangerous, and irresistible. Killers, preachers, miners, and shopkeepers meet their fate on the frontier sixty million miles from Earth. Outer space isn’t exclusive to heroes like Buck Rogers or Luke Skywalker. According to Bradbury, it summons migrants like us.
Books I Have Written:
In 1994, I wrote Anatomy of a Massacre, a true-crime book about the era’s worst mass shooting, the attack on Luby’s Cafeteria in Killeen, TX, that claimed twenty-three lives. The book is out-of-print, but used copies are available on Amazon and other online booksellers. More recently, I wrote Developing a Christian Marketing Plan and Writing for the Christian Online Student, both available on Amazon, inspired by teaching at Christian universities.
What I'm Working On Now:
In 2020, I completed the Christian sci-fi novel, Brimstone 1. Christianity’s greatest revelation in twenty centuries is coming from the heavens—in the belly of a secret spaceship marked for destruction! If you love the Lord and you’re a fan of The Twilight Zone and James Bond (and by reading this page, you know that describes me!), I hope you’ll enjoy this book.
My next novel will be the Christian thriller, To Steal a Life. Dr. Rainey Sutton saves lives and souls with a Christian nonprofit amid civil war in Mexico. Rainey and her teenage daughter Becca come home to Southern California to visit family, but the sabbatical turns tragic when Becca is diagnosed with a virulent form of leukemia. The only hope is a bone marrow transplant from a genetically suitable donor. No candidates are obvious since Becca doesn’t have siblings and her father is unknown. Rainey’s beautiful girl was conceived when she herself was a teen, a runaway and addict.
Rainey’s desperate detective work uncovers the lost father, and he will go to any length to conceal the rape he committed and protect his current position of power. Christian, mother, healer—how far will Rainey Sutton go to save her dying daughter?