Featured Author – Greg Schaffer
I am a Christian, husband, father (to rescue dogs), veteran, and information security executive consultant. My novels include Forgiveness (2014), Temptations of the Innocent (2016), Leaving Darkness 2018, and Fatherhood (in progress, planned for 2020 or 2021 release). Other works include Childhood, a novelette prequel to Fatherhood; Summer’s Drowning, a collection of poems; and From the Loft (2014), a collection of horse-humor articles.
I wrote my first novel (unpublished) in high school. It sits in some nondescript box in my basement in its original form on various types of ruled paper. Perhaps one day I will resurrect it.
I began work on what would eventually become Forgiveness in 1991 as a method to deal with my divorce. I found myself fantasizing about “what if” scenarios. What if we hadn’t married early? What could I have done differently to prevent the pain I struggled with daily? I needed to live that fantasy, at least through writing. I wrote in the basement wood-paneled bedroom of my post-divorce house I shared with three others, I wrote during lunch at work in my cubicle, and anywhere I could find a few free minutes away from the world.
The positive reactions to Forgiveness urged me to create a prequel focused on one mysterious character. With Temptations of the Innocent, I created such a complicated world comprising of this life and a fictionalized (certainly not Biblically based) version of the afterlife. I didn’t stop there, adding in an antagonist who is pure evil (if not the devil himself) and a Soviet plot to infiltrate the Catholic church.
In January of 2017, I received a God nudge to pick up the pen again. I sketched out a three-act story on a piece of paper that would tell the story of healing through small group ministries. I had at that time been involved with one such ministry for several years and was very passionate about it, having seen firsthand the positive changes this eight-week group had on people willing to change. Leaving Darkness was published in the fall of 2018.
My work in progress is Fatherhood, a story about abortion from the father’s point of view and will be published in 2020 or 2021. It’s prequel novelette, Childhood, will be released February 10, 2020.