Author interview Chuck Black

Detailed Dialogue – Chuck Black

Chuck Black is the author of many books, some of which include the Kingdom series, the Knights of Arrethtrae, and the recent Wars of the Realm series which we reviewed for you a few months ago. He is the father of six, and he began writing to… well, we will let him tell you! 🙂


Th!nk teen Christian magazineWhen did you start writing books and stories and what inspired them?

Author interview Chuck BlackI began writing in 1999. The first book I wrote was Kingdom’s Edge. I wanted to find a unique method to inspire my children to understand spiritual warfare and to help them fully grasp the significance of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.



Th!nk teen Christian magazineWhat inspired you to write based off of the Bible?

Author interview Chuck BlackThe greatest story ever told is the story of Jesus Christ. Every other story is a mere shadow of this epic tale. It contains all of the elements of a great story…heroes, villains, good, evil, loss, hope, defeat and victory. The Bible itself inspired me to focus my writing on it. I also wanted my writing to inspire young people to accomplish great things for the Lord and His kingdom.


Th!nk teen Christian magazineIs it hard using the Bible as the foundation for fictional stories?

Author interview Chuck BlackNo, actually it was quite easy, especially since my work is allegorical. The structure for my stories was already in place.




Th!nk teen Christian magazineAre there any other written materials that you find yourself going back to for inspiration or information other than the Bible?

Author interview Chuck BlackI did a lot of reading earlier in my life. Many of those books inspired me. Unfortunately my time for reading, other than the Bible, has diminished greatly.




Th!nk teen Christian magazineWhich series that you’ve written is your favorite?

Author interview Chuck BlackThis is a very difficult question to answer because each series is so unique and different from the others. I think the best way to answer this question is that my favorite book/series is the one I am currently writing.




Th!nk teen Christian magazineWhat are some of your favorite characters you’ve created and why?

Author interview Chuck BlackSir Dalton, because he is so real. I think many of us can identify with his weaknesses. I loved portraying how his perspective of the Prince (Master Sejus) changed as he slowly understood who He really was.

Sir Quinlan because he was so common and ordinary. God loves using people like this for His great purposes.

Sir Bentley because he was brave enough to seek the Truth no matter the cost.

Lady Carliss because she was pure of heart and unwavering in her commitment to the King…a true overcomer.

Sir Cedric because he is a humble storyteller.


Th!nk teen Christian magazineWhat role does your family play in your writing?

Author interview Chuck BlackMy wife and each of my children have all played key roles in my writing. From editing to proofing to audiobook creation, none of this would have been possible without them. Ultimately they were my inspiration behind each story.




Th!nk teen Christian magazineAre any of your characters based off of people in your life?

Author interview Chuck BlackI used certain traits of people I know as a template to create some of the characters. My children were my favorite subjects.





Th!nk teen Christian magazineWhat is one thing you hope for readers to get out of your various series of


Author interview Chuck BlackIt is my earnest prayer that readers of all ages will be inspired to live a faith-filled life of adventure for the Lord. That they will see the world through spiritual spectacles and be motivated to fulfill the great commission given to us by the King of Kings.




Th!nk teen Christian magazineHow has God worked in your life?

Author interview Chuck BlackGod is constantly working in my life. He has shown me over and over that He is faithful. And all He is looking for is for us to say “Yes” when He calls.




Th!nk teen Christian magazineWhat piece of advice do you think is important for teenagers to know about knowing God and honoring Him in their youth?

Author interview Chuck Black2 Chronicles 16:9 says, “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.” Be the kind of person that God wants to show himself strong for. Be sold out for Jesus, live a life of faith, humble yourself in the sight of the Lord, and say ‘Yes’ when he calls on you.


Thank you, Mr. Black!

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Detailed Dialogue- Blog Writer Christopher

Christopher is one of the founding authors of, a blog that has he’s been writing for several years.  He is 18-years-old,  likes soccer, piano, and… well, we’ll just let you find out for yourself. 🙂

Th!nk teen Christian magazineWhat inspired you to start your blog and what is it’s purpose?

Th!nk magazine interviewsIn December of 2013, some really good friends of ours came into town for a visit. My brother and I got talking with our friend about how there was a need for encouragement to walk according to Scripture. So, we decided to start a blog we could all contribute to, with the goal being to encourage other Christian teens in their walks with Christ through uplifting and motivating posts, videos, and interviews.

Th!nk teen Christian magazineWhat are some obstacles you have faced while doing your blog and how has God taught you through them? How have you overcome them?

Th!nk magazine interviewsThe biggest obstacle for me has been learning how to work with others and handle expectations. With any team, there is still a need for one leader- this creates better organization and effectiveness. As the oldest, I gravitated towards that role. I knew what I expected of myself in terms of how many posts to crank out each week, and as a team we agreed on a certain number of posts to write each month. Unfortunately, it became clear very quickly that one of us wasn’t going to be able to keep up with that. It was frustrating for me because I felt like we as a blog team had been let down when someone didn’t stick with their commitment. God used that to really help give me patience and understanding in those situations. It was a crash course in how to lead and adjust when things don’t go as planned, and through that, I really feel like God helped me understand that He’s still in control, and while it is frustrating and disappointing when someone lets you down, there are graceful ways to handle it and alternative paths to take in order to “roll with the punches.” This was good because it’s happened more than once with this blog, so I’ve had many opportunities to practice what I learned. God has always been faithful to bring other people to contribute when we needed more- it’s been neat to see His provision.

Th!nk teen Christian magazineWhat have you learned though the writing of your blog?

Th!nk magazine interviewsI often say that as writers, we probably learn more than our readers do! Because each post is rooted in Scripture, we are forced to really delve into God’s Word and explore the context and all the cross-references relating to the specific topic or passage we’re writing about. In a way, all the posts I’ve written are a compilation of small studies I’ve done. It’s really neat to think about all the time I’ve poured into each post, and how it has all added up over the last couple years. I’ve learned so much about God and His character through all the posts I’ve written.

Th!nk teen Christian magazineWhat would your one most important piece of advice be to teenagers and tweens about honoring and serving God in their youth?

Th!nk magazine interviewsMy advice is to persevere, surround yourself with like-minded believers, and aim high. There will be times when you will feel like you aren’t having an impact. In fact, I believe Satan really uses that in order to discourage people from serving Christ. But don’t buy that lie. If you really believe that God led you to do what you’re doing, stand firm and chug through it. As we find in Hebrews 12,  “Let us run with endurance the race set out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.” There were many times I thought about stopping the blog due to discouragement, but I’m so glad I didn’t! There are rewards for persevering in God’s work. Next, surround yourself with like-minded believers. I’ve found this extremely difficult, and there were many times I didn’t feel like I had any others to surround myself with. In these times, don’t settle. There is a popular saying based on a Scriptural principle that essentially says that you become like the people you spend your time around. Read your Bible so you can be sure of who you are striving to be, and then surround yourself with others who have that same vision. Finally, aim high! I play soccer, and there’s a common principle for playing that applies to all of life- you miss every single shot you don’t take. If you want to interview someone, ask. If you would like to write a book, contact a publisher and see what you can do to get the ball rolling. Pray, follow God’s direction, and aim high. You’ll be rejected some of the time, but you’ll have success here and there.At the very least you will have tried. And in essence, you had nothing to lose!
What is one thing you want to accomplish in your life (if it’s in God’s plan of course!:))?
There are so many things I enjoy doing and am pursuing for now and the future, but my ultimate goal in life is to have a business that affords me the time freedom and financial ability to spend time investing in my future family and lead them in following Christ, as well as using that freedom to help distribute God’s Word to believers around the world who can’t get a copy for themselves.

Th!nk teen Christian magazineWhat is your favorite scripture, and why?

Th!nk magazine interviewsMy favorite verse is Joshua 24:15, which says, And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” This verse is spoken by Joshua towards the end of his life. He has just given his farewell address to the Israelites, the people he has led for many years. And then, at the beginning of chapter 24, Joshua has gathered all of Israel together before the Lord. He gives a brief overview of their history and how God has acted on their behalf when they honored Him. In verse 15, Joshua issues a challenge. He tells the people to pick their side- if not the Lord, choose any of the pagan gods. But as for him and his house, they’ve following Yahweh. I love it because it’s an abandonment to the Lord regardless of what other people are doing or saying. It’s an abandonment to the Lord that is final. It’s a declaration for my life now and the family I will have one day: As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

Thank you, Christopher!

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