Looking for Christian suspense with a supernatural flair? Then you’re in the right place! Meet Chat Pettit, author of books about angels, demons, and more — oh, my!
What was your favorite picture book as a child? What did you love about it?
I wasn’t really into picture books, but I liked the unusual pictures in the Dr. Seuss books. I think I’ve always liked things that stand out in some way. Different isn’t bad; it’s just different.
What was the first chapter book you read?
I’m fairly certain it was a Roald Dahl book, although I was seven or eight at the time, so I can’t say for sure. I want to say Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but I have zero level of certainty about that. I loved Roald Dahl books for the unique characters, fun settings, and the humor in the dialogue.
Where’s the most unusual place you’ve read a book?
In the car…while I was driving. Yeah, won’t be doing that again! As far as unusual goes, I’d have to say Iraq. I read quite a few books while I was there, but I can’t remember any of them. In fact, I don’t remember a lot of the books I’ve read.
If you could be part of any fiction family, which would you pick?
I don’t think this would be a good idea. There are so many dysfunctional characters in fiction. I mean, sure, it sounds great, but would I be able to leave when the characters start battling with swords or superhuman powers? I DO NOT want to witness that in person!
If you could turn any of your books into a movie, which would you pick? Who would cast as the main characters?
I think about this one a lot. My newest book, Fate of the Redeemed, would be epic as a movie. Family turmoil, a battle between an angel and a demon, persecution of Christians by Somali terrorists, and even a lost love coming back into the life of the main character at the worst possible time. I don’t know whom I’d cast, but I’d love to see a very diverse cast of characters. I’d love to see some new actors get a shot. There’s been far too many reboots with the same actors getting all of the major roles.
Who’s your favorite author? Why?
I don’t have a favorite author, but I really appreciate Ted Dekker’s ability to weave spiritual messages into rounded characters and suspense filled plots. He keeps me turning the page, and I find myself reflecting when I put the book down.
Which do you prefer: character-drive fiction or plot-driven fiction? Why?
I’m fine with either, but I lean more toward characters. Think about it: Take away the characters, and there is no story. Imagine this. We open to a scene in the woods, at night. The wind is blowing…and that’s it because we don’t have any characters to do anything in those woods. Yawn.
I assume that means there are some great characters in your books! Tell us about your upcoming release, Fate of the Redeemed:
An angel with amnesia. A demon with a vendetta. The man caught in their crossfire.
Lester Sharp has been given a second chance to live a life of compassion, but his decision to follow God will be tested when his estranged father calls to tell him his brother has been killed in combat. A demon unleashes a series of attacks on him, and someone he thought was lost to his past emerges.
Lester is guarded by the angel, Draven, but when Morane catches the watcher off his guard, Draven loses his memory and finds himself being held prisoner in a remote Somali village. His only ally is Ibrahim, a man who finds out his son has been murdered by extremists when his granddaughter appears out of nowhere and somehow possesses supernatural powers.
As Morane’s fury is unleashed, time is running out for Lester, and Draven’s fate is in the hands of a man whose faith is being pushed to the limit.
While Lester fights for his life—and for his soul—will he make the right choices, or will he decide—once and for all—that he doesn’t need God? And why is one man so important in the midst of spiritual warfare?
(Fate of the Redeemed releases on October 1st. Pre-order here: https://amzn.to/2QpNtcA)
Exciting! If people want to know more about you or your books, where can people find you online?
The best way to find or get in contact with me is through my website at chadpettit.net You can send me a message there, find out more about me and my books, and sign up for my email list. When you sign up, I’ll send you a free short story and a weekly devotion every Monday morning. I’m also on Twitter, hanging out with other writers and book nerds!
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
You can’t erase the past, but you can accept the present and embrace your future. Hold God’s hand in the darkness because He will guide you through it.
Chad grew up lost in the world of fantasy fiction but alienated from the knowledge of God. With no real direction in his life, he shipped out for basic training twelve days after high school. He continued down a path of sin and destruction through two combat tours to Iraq, but then God pulled back the blinders, and he met his Lord and Savior.
One passion that never left him was his love for fiction, and in 2013, he went back to school and earned his degree in English. This helped him develop his craft, spending long hours pounding away at the keys until his battles with guilt, fear, and shame came alive on the page.
Now he is on a mission to pull back the curtain on spiritual warfare and show others how to overcome trials through faith and start living their best lives for God.