Monday, August 19, 2013

CHRISTIANITY IS A WAR--an interview with modern day Christian, Gregor Southard

Gregor Southard
Writer Gregor Southard and I are both proud alumni of The University of Kansas, and we connected online through the alumni group, Hollywood Hawks. Gregor is a poet, writer, and filmmaker and he often explores themes of modern day Christianity. He was kind enough today to talk to me about what it's like to be a Christian writer navigating the world of self-publishing. If you have any questions for him, tweet him @gregorsouthard


TL: You are a devout Christian, and your blog "Christianity Is a War" explores modern day Christianity. What made you choose that title, and were you concerned that the title would confuse people into thinking the blog was anti-religion?
GS: I see myself as a dude on a journey and that journey and faith form my writing and my outlook. I got the idea for the title for the blog while listening to a song called "Jesus Christ" by Christian goth band Savior Machine. Nothing in the lyrics in particular just a feeling that that was the right title for the blog even though I wasn't quite sure where I was going to go with it at the time. The process of writing the blog has helped me understand the meaning more. I think we, as humans, feel like life is opposing us a lot of the time. As a Christian writer I know that I'm being watched, as it were, "when will he say something that can be taken out of context and prove that Christians are intolerant?" Look at Tebow, now that guy's a devout Christian and look at all the hatred that gets thrown at him! As far as knowing going in that the title would confuse people, I have to plead "guilty." I'm not an evangelist, but I'm on a journey, and I want people to share in that journey because its a journey of discovering that we have a God that, yes has laid down some hard rules to follow but also loved us enough to die for us. I don't know that non- believers have really tried to understand this concept. In layman's terms, we have a God that gives a damn about us! What if that's true? Then we must be pretty important to inspire that kind of love. And as far as the title goes, that message is opposed by the world. I'm still learning, and I hope I haven't rambled on too much...
"As a Christian writer I know that I'm being watched, as it were, "when will he say something that can be taken out of context and prove that Christians are intolerant?""
You have self-published. What was your reasons for self-publishing, and do you recommend it to others? Why or why not?

As far as self- publishing goes, I think it can be rewarding if you know want you want to get out of it from the get go. If your goal is to see your creativity on paper and you can afford it, then go for it! It is rewarding on that level especially if you don't have access to publishers and/or agents. A writer friend of mine once said, "Honestly, Gregor, I've never been published by someone who didn't know me personally." Part 2, if your goal is to become a famous writer then maybe you should reconsider since there's a lot of competition out there. Of course, if you have the money to advertise your product then give it a shot!

What's the favorite thing you've ever written and why?
 My favorite work is a book length poem titled, "The Immortal Present." It's only 60 pages and is sort of a mythologized autobiography (I've never actually had animals talk to me!) My goal was to explore life, joy, and beauty in a series images and moments. Each of the four chapters has a seasonal theme, ie chapter 1, winter, chapter 2, spring, etc.
 "I write from a perspective I call "Art Before Artist," which basically means "Mankind standing before a creative God, offering His creativity back to God.""
Thank you so much for offering a unique perspective to the Christian fiction landscape. Anything you would like to add to my blog readers?
I write from a perspective I call "Art Before Artist," which basically means "Mankind standing before a creative God, offering His creativity back to God." That doesn't mean that a Christian writer must invoke Jesus on some level in everything he/she writes, it merely means that one of the things we share with our Creator is our ability, and desire, to create. This perspective was influenced greatly by the two works mentioned above as well as writers like William Blake, who referred to Jesus as the Poetic Genius, and the Gospel of John, which calls Jesus "the Word."

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I'm a huge advocate of Do-It-Yourself, and I'm looking for other DIY-ers to share their stories. If you're a self-published writer, blogger, independent filmmaker, Youtube star, whatever, tweet me and I may feature you on my blog!

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