ABOUT AUTHOR: ACE COLLINS is the writer of more than sixty books, including several bestsellers: Stories behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas, Stories behind the Great Traditions of Christmas, The Cathedrals, and Lassie: A Dog's Life. Based in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, He continues to publish several new titles each year, including a series of novels, the first of which is Farraday Road. Ace has appeared on scores of television shows, including CBS This Morning, NBC Nightly News, CNN, Good Morning America, MSNBC, and Entertainment Tonight.

 

ABOUT YELLOW PACKARD: When George Hall buys a luxury auto he’s able to bring his baby girl home from the hospital in style. But then a parent’s worst nightmare becomes reality when his daughter is abducted. Will FBI agent Helen Meeker have the patience and the tenacity to apprehend the kidnapper before it’s too late?

ABOUT THE CHRISTMAS STAR: Robert Reed gave his life for his country in the early days of World War II. His sacrifice was honored when his widow and son were presented with the Congressional Medal of Honor. At Christmas, the final decoration Marge Reed hangs on the family’s tree is that medal. Rather than being a symbol of honor for young Jimmy Reed that shining star represents loss, pain, and suffering.


Yet a message delivered by one of Robert’s fellow soldiers and a mystery letter found in a Bible put a father’s sacrifice and faith into perspective and bring new meaning to not just the star hanging on the Christmas tree but the events of the very first Christmas. Then, when least expected, a Christmas miracle turns a final bit of holiday sadness into a joy that Jimmy has never known.
 
 

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1. I write in a lot of different genres, what genre do you enjoy the most of those you have read (talking all books, not just mine)?

2. What do you see as the weaknesses of Christian fiction and why?

3. I try to write books with subtle themes of faith so that folks who don't usually read Christian fiction might be drawn to my work. In other words, I am not trying to preach to the choir. Do you enjoy reading novels with subtle elements of faith?

4. The leads in my books are always struggling with their faith and their calling. Thus they are works in progress. Can you identify more with these kind of characters or those that already have their life together?

5. And an off the wall question, as a car collector I love to know what make, model and year of car is your favorite.

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#2 ---  The two weakness I see in a lot of Christian fiction is that it could lead one to believe in rosy futures and that is not necessarily how it is. The other side of that is that; some of it produces a character that is so strong that unbelievers would "turn off" actually even nominal Christians. I like those novels that produce a strong faith in the character but not without the overwhelming love of Jesus and also "tell it like it is" in real life about trials and overcoming. Thanks for this opportunity---blessings. dk

Mine aren't rosy.

1. I write in a lot of different genres, what genre do you enjoy the most of those you have read (talking all books, not just mine)?

I read many genres of fiction from historical fiction to mystery/thriller to action. I like a faster moving plot with lots of twist and turns.

2. What do you see as the weaknesses of Christian fiction and why?

Realism. Most CF has whitewashed too much of reality in order to make it "clean". I like CF to have morals, but I want my characters to be identifiable and authentic.

3. I try to write books with subtle themes of faith so that folks who don't usually read Christian fiction might be drawn to my work. In other words, I am not trying to preach to the choir. Do you enjoy reading novels with subtle elements of faith?

Actually, I prefer this. Christian faith for me is a part of the character themselves. I am a Christian and my friends now that (saved and unsaved) but I prefer to live my life as an example to them and not preach at them all the time. Sometimes in CF too much is done (in dialogue or whatever) to make a point and this turns me off somewhat.

4. The leads in my books are always struggling with their faith and their calling. Thus they are works in progress. Can you identify more with these kind of characters or those that already have their life together?

Yes. We are all imperfect. I want to see someone who isn't perfect and yet leans on their faith.

Sounds like very interesting books. I'd love to read them!

Great answers. Thanks.

My all time favorite genre is Christian Suspense fiction, though a historical or romance is nice to unwind with. i prefer those characters that are work in progress and the subtle message is the best one. i would have to say i would love to own a Model T.

I once owned a 1917 Model T. Fun car. I had to sell it when I found a 36 Cord 810 Westchester. 

I enjoy reading most Christian fiction.

My favorite car was my 1994 Mercury Grand Marquis.  It was my second Grand Marquis and they were great cars.  Drove well, had a good ride and huge trunk.  When I finally got another car, it was 13 years old.  Best car I ever hope to have.

 

I identify with characters who don't have it all together.  Most of us are struggling in one way or another.

My characters are often trying to figure things out.

Question 2. A weakness I have seen in Christian fiction, and I blame this on the authors and not the category, is being too liberal in their language. I read tons of books and also listen to them on audio while driving. There have been several audio books that I have gotten that I deleted after only listening for a short while due to bad language. I always research new authors, and when their website talks of their faith, church work, Bible studies, etc., I feel that their books should be "safe". I have been wrong on several occasions. It's sad that the authors think they should conform to the world. You can write a fabulous book, get your point across, and LEAVE OUT THE LANGUAGE!! Thanks for the opportunity to win one of your books! I share my books with my 91-year-old mother-in-law and my church friends.

No bad language in my Christian fiction or non Christian fiction. Don't need it.

Hi there, Ace,

     My favorite genre is a multiple combination of mystery, intrigue, suspense and victory in the face of evil. Christian fiction can be slow and vanilla. I like to read a more realistic view of how a Christian would face evil and survive or how a non-believer lives a life in the shadow of darkness and turns to God as the only way to truth and light.

     I read all types of classic novels and well-written books. I prefer to read books that never leave God out of the picture, particularly when the hero or heroine face difficult trials. The world is trying to paint a picture of a life of do-gooders without God. I prefer books that give a clear picture of God's hand in the deliverance from a trial.

     My life has been lived on both sides of the coin so I have first hand experience of a life working it's way to Christ.

     Oddly enough I love the old jaguar--course the engine problems prevented me from ever buying one. My favorite antique car was my mom's 1950 green plymouth sedan. It was the first car I ever drove--on the wrong side of the road going backward down a hill. Course I was only 12 years old.

     Anxious to read your book.

God bless you many.

Pola

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