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STANDING FOR TRUTH COULD COST HIM HIS FREEDOM.
FIGHTING FOR FREEDOM COULD COST HIM HIS LIFE.
I was fortunate enough to interview the author, Jayna Baas.
Preacher on the Run is set just before the Revolutionary War. What led you to write a story about that time and place?
I’ve always loved Revolutionary War history and the often-unsung heroism that abounds there. Because of the role of religious freedom in the Regulator Uprising, a pre-Revolution grassroots movement, I could imagine a story that blended passionate Christian faith with explosive action and freedom-fighting. It made me think, What if a preacher’s stand for truth and freedom put him and his church right in the line of fire?
Many reviewers have said that the characters were their favorite part of Preacher on the Run. Do you have a personal favorite?
Like a lot of reviewers, I love Mitchell Boothe, Hank Jonas, and Alec Perry. They’re supporting characters, but the story wouldn’t be the same without them. Alec was especially fun because he basically said, “Here I am, now write me.” His character arc and lone-wolf fighter’s personality make him one of my favorites.
What was the hardest or easiest part of writing this book? What do you hope readers will take away from the story?
I’m a stickler for historical accuracy, so one of my greatest challenges was fitting the fictional storyline into the historical timeline. The easiest part of this project was probably the dialogue. My characters seem to like to talk as much as I do. I want readers to see living, growing faith on the pages of Preacher on the Run and be inspired by the choices of those who have gone before us. The power of Christ is an amazing thing, and I want to demonstrate that truth in my writing.
What does your writing process typically look like?
Writing is best for me after 10 PM, when the house is quiet and the stories have had all day to percolate in my brain. I work from a very loose, flexible outline and do most of my drafting in longhand, which leads to an embarrassing number of composition books.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you enjoy doing when you’re not writing.
I live in Northern Michigan, where the winters are good for coffee and reading and the summers are good for iced coffee and vegetable gardening. I’m a fan of peppermint tea and cooking (but not baking) and also work as a freelance editor. Flip flops and sunglasses make me happy, as does our sassy family cat, Mitzi.
Preacher on the Run is the first book in a trilogy. Where can readers connect with you and learn more about your writing?
There’s plenty of book info on my website, https://www.booksbyjayna.com/. For monthly updates on the next book and other fun stuff, my email list is the place to be—subscribers also get a free copy of Promise of Refuge, the prequel to Preacher on the Run. I love to connect with readers on Goodreads and BookBub as well, and it’s always fun to find a fellow writer now and then!