Radcliff author Francis pens Christian fantasy novels

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By Robert Villanueva

Brad Francis wrote his first book, “The Turtle Went to the Sea,” when he was in kindergarten.

It was part of a class project in which students got to see their work bound.

The project seemed to portend the life that awaited him.

“I’ve been writing forever,” the Radcliff resident said.

In September, Francis, 31, self-published “The Savvy Demon’s Guide to Godly Living,” his second full-length Christian novel. He also published a short story.

Before his publications, Francis had a recurring problem with his writing.

“For a long time, I started different projects and never finished them,” he said.

Francis began writing short skits for churches. He and his wife, Shannon, founded Stage Right Ministries, and he writes all the material it performs.

For a while, they travelled to various churches and performed the skits.

“We still perform when we get the opportunity,” Francis said.

While touring to perform the church skits, Francis wrote “Emaline’s Gift,” a Christian fantasy novel. He discovered a shortage of published Christian fantasy works.

The recurring problem he had with his writing went away.

“Finally, I just started finishing stuff,” he said.

After living in Indiana, Francis moved to Radcliff in June. He home schools his two daughters and is a stay-at-home dad, working on his writing while his wife works outside the home.

Performing and writing, Francis said, is just the way he’s built.

Having also finished and published “The Book of the Harvest,” a short story that reached best-selling status for Kindle, Francis has received positive feedback from readers.

“It’s humbling,” Francis said.

With his latest work, the novel “The Savvy Demon’s Guide to Godly Living,” Francis tells a satirical tale of a bored demon and a church too wrapped up in religious traditions to have an impact on their world. It was inspired by “Oliver Twist” by Charles Dickens.

Francis said he liked the narrator of the Dickens tale, and it inspired his own story.

“It just came,” he said, noting that, like all his other works, he credits God for its existence.

The novel works as well as it does because of the levity incorporated into the story, he said. Because he tends to “veer into melodrama,” the comic nature kept that in check.

Publishing his works was a lesson in the modern world of publishing because Francis discovered few agents represent Christian fantasy writers. That led him to self-publishing.

Because so many self-published works are fraught with typos, Francis made sure his works were proofread as much as possible.

“I don’t want to add to that,” he said.

For Francis, the most enjoyable part of writing is the creative outlet and the work itself, he said.

“I work at my craft the best that I can,” he said.

Already Francis has future projects in mind, including a sequel to “Emaline’s Gift” and a nonfiction work on discipleship.

“I’d love to write a murder mystery,” he said.

These days, the challenging thing isn’t finishing a work. It’s deciding which idea to pursue.

“There’s plenty of ideas, not all good,” Francis said.

Robert Villanueva can be reached at 270-505-1743 or rvillanueva@thenewsenterprise.com.