Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Interview With Dystopian Christian Author Jason William Karpf, A 4-Time Jeopardy Champ


1. What motivated you to write your book, to force you from taking an idea or experience and turning it into this book?

The Deliverer is my second Christian sci-fi novel. As I approached age 60, I decided to return to the creative writing of my younger years, combining my lifelong love of science fiction with the Christian faith I declared in my forties. In 2021, I read an article about contract delivery drivers being monitored, graded, and fired by AI programs. This became the spark for The Deliverer. 

2. What is it about and who is it for?

The Deliverer takes place during Civil War II in 2038. Rich consumers pay armed delivery drivers to bring special purchases to their doors, pitting them against hijackers in livestream entertainment. The top driver is Bren Van Allen, known as The Deliverer, an evangelist who succeeds with ingenuity and mercy over body count. The Deliverer is for adult-level readers who like dystopian stories. Teens to seniors will appreciate the novel’s themes. 

3. What takeaways might the reader will be left with after reading it?

Today, we tap a screen and summon packages to our front porch. Who are the unseen people who make this possible? What do they endure so we can be satisfied customers? The Deliverer creates an accelerated world of e-commerce and combat, seen through the eyes of a believer. How would we as Christians act amid the temptations and terrors of an America torn apart? 

4. How did you decide on your book’s title and cover design?

Jesus and Moses are known as “the deliverer.” I decided a Christian delivery driver/celebrity would get such a nickname. Cover design was done by Derinda Babcock of Elk Lake Publishing. It resembles the posters and publicity materials generated for the protagonist in the story, with fiery clouds in the background representing the war and calamity of the setting. 

5. What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers?

Write frequently and fearlessly. Join writer communities for critiquing and support. Embrace marketing. If you can tell a story, you can market. 

6. What trends in the book world do you see -- and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading?

As a marketing professor, I see the book world transformed by technological and sociological changes affecting other industries. This creates tremendous opportunities for authors and publishers. We are no longer tied to the finite distribution channel of physical retail. Our books have indefinite shelf life (pun intended). Other forms of media have demonstrated similar shelf life for their content, giving authors precedent and encouragement to build an audience. 

7. What challenges did you overcome to write this book?

Writing is discipline. I had to generate ideas and produce pages while balancing the rest of my life. If you want it bad enough, the book will appear. 

8. How would you describe your writing style?

Twilight Zone and James Bond come to Jesus. 

9. If people can buy or read one book this week or month, why should it be yours?

If you’re a Christian who enjoys the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Star Wars, The Deliverer is your one-stop-shop for action, futurism, and faith. Have a great time combining Christianity and science fiction with my novel! 

About The Author: Jason William Karpf grew up with storytelling. The son of a screenwriter, he was a child actor guest starring on classic TV shows and is the author of the Christian sci-fi novel Brimstone 1 and the award-nominated novelette Basilica Obscura. He teaches for Christian universities across the country and plays bass and guitar in his church’s worship team. A history and trivia aficionado, Jason was a four-time champion on the game show Jeopardy. He lives in Minnesota with his wife, Ann. They are parents of three grown children. For more information, please see:


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