Ask Frank Blog Tour (Frank Peretti’s ILLUSION)

Back in 1986, as a 14-year-old I read a book called This Present Darkness by some guy named Frank Peretti. I knew nothing of Frank, not much of Christian fiction, and wasn’t really into suspense at the time.  As it did most readers, the book captivated my imagination. It was the first contemporary novel I read that I felt I couldn’t put down. Then came Piercing the Darkness, Prophet, The Oath, and The Visitation and I was a sold-out Peretti fan. A few years later came Monster and I wanted to move to the north country of Idaho. Now, after seven years, comes Illusion, another soul-stirring story of love and mystery.

Almost ten years ago, when I decided to dive into the fiction writing pool myself I was given the advice to find an author I admire and who inspires me and read his or her work, not for the enjoyment of it, but to learn from it.

I turned to Frank Peretti.

Now, with six of my own books under my belt, I still look to Frank as the role model I need to press on and strive to improve my storytelling with each book. I’m honored to be able to take part in the “Ask Frank Blog Tour.”

I had the opportunity to ask Frank a few questions and below are his answers.

1. Why did you choose to use magic and Illusion as a framework for this book?

I chose magic and illusion for two reasons:

Obviously, magic would be interesting and highly visual, and would also afford plenty of opportunity for mystery.

Secondly, Mandy’s sudden, unexplainable ability to create and perform such mysterious effects works right into the whole interdimensional, time bending element, the“sci-fi bad guy” intrigue of the story.

2. What interests do you have outside of writing?

Music. I have played the 5 string banjo for over 20 years and now I’m seriously studying the guitar. I lead worship at my local church which means I lead a worship band including musicians and singers. That’s a lot of fun, and always a creative challenge. It’s also a marvelous environment for learning how to work with people. I love flying and still have a current pilot’s license, but alas, flying is getting too expensive and I don’t do much of it anymore. I also love motion pictures and I’ve done some video production, but I guess that’s going to remain at the level of a hobby. Well, okay.

3. What is the main idea you want people to take home after they read your books?

I’ll go ahead and sound religious: I would like to create stories that glorify God and the things He has created, in this case, steadfast love, devotion, the joy of having someone. I would like to convey truth, celebrate beauty, warn against evil, admonish and ennoble.

4. What authors do you like to read?

Any author I can learn from.  I keep my eyes open for the good stuff that comes along. Francis Schaeffer, Ravi Zacharias, and CS Lewis have been strong influences in my intellectual life. Michael Crichton  has been a favorite author of mine because of the way he can put together a technothriller. He’s always been a really great model for structuring a story. Besides these, I like to read other fiction authors to learn from them, to see how they craft their stories, develop their style, and work with words. You never stop learning, growing, getting better at what you do.

5. Which book that you have written has been the most influential for you personally?

Well, I guess I would speak in the present tense and in terms of where my heart is right now and say Illusion. I’m 61 years of age, I was writing this book just as I was turning 60, and at that time I was reflecting on my life and my love relationship of 40 years with Barbara Jean. Like any artist, I was trying to convey something from my heart, trying to paint with words some very deep feelings and reflections. Writing Illusion deepened all the more my love for my wife and illuminated all that our marriage and our love has meant.

Here’s what you can do:

Visit the Ask Frank landing page and check out the other blogs participating. There’s a wide array of bloggers.

Check out the book on Frank’s site and order a copy today.

To celebrate this latest offering from a true mentor of mine, I’m offering an advanced reader’s copy of Illusion. Just leave a comment on this post about anything Peretti-related or anything at all and you’ll be entered into the drawing. The winner will be announced Thursday morning.


About mikedellosso

Mike Dellosso is an author of wide-eyed suspense. He writes stories that not only entertain but enlighten.

Posted on March 27, 2012, in Christian Fiction, Giveaways, Interviews and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 35 Comments.

  1. I can’t wait to read this book! I read Monster several years back and it was “wow”. I read Piercing the Darkness just 2 years ago right before I actually had to go into a “battle” with the enemy and was glad that I had read something that had opened my eyes to the spiritual realm in such a compelling manner. Thanks, Frank!
    Keep them coming…
    Oh, yah, House was the best! You said you loved movies, any chance of another?


  2. I discovered Frank Perretti several years ago. He keeps me on my toes, I like the thriller part I get when I read his books, yet it has a redemption purpose in the end. He keeps me coming back for more. I cannot wait to read his newest book. His book “Tilly” really pulled on my heart strings and made me realize that he is more than just a ‘thriller’ writer. When I read the one about his life and being bullied, I could relate, as that happened to me as well. I recommend him to everyone that I know who reads books.


  3. I’m looking at the first line from This Present Darkness. “Late on a full-mooned Sunday night, the two figures in work clothes appeared on Highway 27, just outside the small college town of Ashton.” I love first lines. Love Peretti’s books. Believe it or not it’s the first Christian fiction novel I ever picked up in a bookstore. I love that he’s so in love with his wife. Looking forward to Illusion.


  4. I’m about 70 pages from being finished with Illusion, and it has to be one of the best novels I’ve ever read. The concept is brilliant, and the characters are some of the most likable I’ve read. Everyone should check it out.


  5. Love his books! Read This Present Darkness years ago…and I still remember it and think about it.


  6. It’s been a while since I’ve read Peretti. Of course I read “This Present Darkness” and “Piercing the Darkness” (still see the demons sitting up in the rafters of the little church). And “Tilly” and “Prophet.” Would love to jump into the new book. Thanks for the interview. It’s great to hear about his music interests and of course, his love interest! 🙂


  7. My hubby and I read “This present darkness” and “Piercing the darkness” out loud to each other in our spare time early in our marriage. I will never forget it, the books were so alive and suspenseful and well real ! Great time with hubby too 🙂 I could listen to him read me a cereal box 🙂 I love peretti’s work! Oh and recently we took a read to Monster was it w/ Dekker I think?
    Hey thanks 🙂


  8. Abigail Richmond

    I love Frank Peretti’s books and the first time I saw one of your books (Mike) I thought they would be like his books.


  9. Gotta love Peretti. The Oath is still my favorite Christian horror novel. And I loved his YA, Veritas series. He’s probably the best in the business. A shame he releases so few books. . .but I guess it’s the slow process that makes them so excellent. Plenty of time to work out all the tangles.


  10. Peretti paved the way for all of us … anyone writing or reading in Christian fiction has benefited from his influence.


  11. Sheesh … Just in case I win, writingonthefineline is Mike Ehret.


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