Today on Writer Wednesday we welcome Travis Thrasher, author of American Omens.
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Where Writers Write
Back in 2010, we discovered our family of three would be growing to a family of five. Yes, we were expecting twins. This was when I decided I needed to get an office out of the home. For seven years, I leased an office from the fine folks of Batavia Enterprises. Even when I was a month or two behind in paying rent, they were patient with this writer who got paid infrequently.
When we made the decision to move to the Grand Rapids, Michigan area in September of 2017, the biggest change for me wasn’t moving into a new house. It was having a home office once again. Yes, our three girls were now full-time students, but there are these things called snow days and sick days and siestas and, oh yeah, summers. Not to mention the 45 holidays they all get.
To be honest, I love having an office at home. No, I don’t wear sweat pants all day. Even though I have a nice mahogany executive desk I found in a thrift store a few years ago, I still write at the massive particleboard desk I received as a wedding present from my parents. I’ve written every single book I’ve ever had published on it, so I guess why stop now?
I have many books surrounding me, and hundreds more on bookshelves in our storage area right next to my office. Since I write a variety of different types of books, I’m always referring to a variety of resources (fiction, nonfiction, children’s, etc.). The spiral bound notebooks are my writing journals I’ve kept since 2002. They both inspire and motivate me whenever I look back through them at the goals, ideas, and plans I have each year.
If you closely examined my office, you’d find lots and lots of folders. Every project I start, whether it has a contract and a due date on it or not, has a folder. I do the same on my Macbook. It’s good to have written and printed pages to refer to while working on a book.
The view out the window is wonderful. Even though we’re close to lots of stores nearby, our backyard faces a property with thick trees, making it seem like we’re in the middle of the country. Our house has become kid central during warm weather. I often will hear our girls laughing and screaming with the neighborhood kids. It’s a sound I’m grateful to hear.
Bestselling author Travis Thrasher has written over 50 books, spanning genres in fiction, nonfiction, and children’s literature. His inspirational stories have included collaborations with filmmakers, musicians, athletes, celebrities and pastors.
With the childhood goal of pursuing a writing career starting in third grade, Thrasher worked for 13 years at Tyndale House Publishers after graduating college. His experience working with as Author Relations Manager allowed him to understand the writing life as well as training him to work with a variety of personalities. This experience has proven to be invaluable with varied writing projects in the decade he’s been a full-time writer.
His novels are as diverse as the people he’s worked with, ranging from love stories to supernatural thrillers. Publishers Weekly said, “Sara and Ethan are two of the most real and sensitive lovers to grace the genre” when reviewing his first novel, The Promise Remains. They also stated “Thrasher demonstrates a considerable talent for the horror genre” in a review for Isolation years later. His readers have enjoyed the unpredictability of his novels, whether it’s due to a unique style such as second person or a twist they never saw coming.
Thrasher’s storytelling ability has also allowed him to work with others on their books, from musicians like country musician Scotty McCreery and Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain to the Robertsons of Duck Dynasty. He has also penned novels based on songs such as Paper Angels with Jimmy Wayne and novelizations for films including Do You Believe? and God’s Not Dead 2. Upcoming projects continue to expand his talents, with projects including The Black Auxiliary about the lives of the 17 American black athletes who competed in the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, and Baby Don’t Hurt Me about comedian Chris Kattan’s life and time on Saturday Night Live.
Travis lives with his wife and three young daughters in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area.
More about American Omens
In this taut thriller that imagines a near-future America following the decline of the Religious Right, where the Christ-followers who have anticipated a rising intolerance for their beliefs for decades find out they’re right after all.
“In American Omens, Travis Thrasher is at the top of his game, imagining the future with the eyes of a seasoned novelist penning the story he was destined to write. As fresh and relevant as Left Behind was more than twenty years ago, American Omens may be the first of many more novels about the persecuted church from this writer. We can only hope so.” —Jerry B. Jenkins, New York Times best-selling author of the Left Behind novels
In the US in 2038, a secret society is imposing its agenda on outspoken Christian leaders, killing when necessary. Corporate regulations restrict religious expressions and policies.
A recent convert, Hutchence, uses creative and guerilla-like techniques to spread the Gospel of Jesus. This enigmatic man enlists a rag-tag group of individuals to help him proclaim a warning to the rest of the country: God is sending his judgment on our nation, and his first act will be to destroy Chicago.
One recruit is a young and talented computer analyst who specializes in mastering algorithms for corporate and political use, and who is on the run from the company she works for, while trying to discover the truth about her father’s mysterious disappearance. Another is a conspiracy-theory-junkie & survivalist who has discovered proof of assault on people of the Christian faith. And a father with three girls is recruited by this mysterious Hutchence to help lead a return to God in America.