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Interview with Frederic S. Durbin

Welcome back to the Mysterion interview feature! This month’s interview is with Frederic S. Durbin, whose book, A Green and Ancient Light, we reviewed last week.

How would you describe your spiritual and/or religious beliefs, and how would you say they influence your writing?

Christian faith is central in my life and informs what I do and how I think. For me, writing is a calling; I believe it’s what I’m here to do, using my gifts for God’s glory, for the benefit of others. It’s like Eric Liddell said about running: “God made me fast. And when I run, I feel His pleasure.” That’s how I feel about writing.

Why do you think you became a writer, and why speculative fiction?

I was blessed to grow up in a house full of books. My mom was an elementary school librarian, a teacher, and a writer herself. My dad opened our small town’s first bookstore. They read to me from my infancy, and I saw how much they loved books and stories. From the moment I understood what stories were, I knew I wanted t…

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