From the first chapter of the first book I read of his, Travis Thrasher secured his place as one of my very favorite writers. His stories feel incredibly real from the start, and his characters are utterly human. I recently asked him a few questions about his writing. Hope you enjoy!
The characters in your books aren’t the typical “Christian fiction” type. They’re broken, their lives are messy, and, in many cases, they don’t want anything to do with God for a large part of the story. Why did you decide to have these kinds of characters?
I love redemption stories, so the more messed up the characters, the more chances for a miraculous recovery.
The truth is everybody has their issues. Nobody is perfect. It’s hard being a Christian in today’s world. I start with myself and then go from there. So I start from my own broken and messy place and start writing.
In a similar vein, your stories are clear that, though a character finds God, their life doesn’t suddenly turn around and become this perfect, no-issues-of-any-kind life, and the characters themselves still have problems. Why did you decide to have the characters struggle like this?
I think that’s real life. I know one of the criticisms of “Christian fiction” is that things are too often black and white. God comes in on a white horse and saves the day. The End! Life’s not often like that.
At the same time, life can be like that. I did a memoir of a couple named Mac and Mary Owen. It has everything you might roll your eyes at, except IT’S TRUE. The former meth user is now out there helping to save lives in recovery. The former baby the couple gave away right after his birth came back into their family after nineteen years. God is blessing them and they really are remarkable people.
Everybody struggles and hurts. We can win battles but still need to wage a daily war. I try to be as authentic as I can to life. I want to paint in different shades of colors, not just in black and white.
And, of course the most important question, if you wrote with a pen name, what would it be?
I have quite a few I have for myself. One would be William Travis which is technically my first and second name. I’ve just always gone by Travis. Another is Josh Brennan. I like that name.
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