Christian teen author, Wayne Batson wrote one of my favorite series, "The Door Within". He is the author of five fantasy/adventure books. To check them out (and his funny blogging style), visit his website at:
Here's the interview!

1. Did you always want to be a writer?

Not always. I wanted to be a tennis pro, lead guitarist in a heavy metal band, and an artist. But then in High School, I began to write poetry and song lyrics. By my senior year, I wrote in my yearbook that I would one day be either a commercial artist or a novelist.

2. Did you grow up in a Christian home?

Not at all, really. My parents were very morally upright and raised me well. But they were supremely private about what faith they had. I heard Jesus' name during grace at dinner and that was about all.

3. What is the genre of your books?

Young adult fantasy adventure.

4. Do you think reading about magic can give people the wrong idea?

For very young children, perhaps. But most kids know how to separate make believe from real. There are some fantasy books (with and without magic) that should be avoided because of the worldview they reflect. Phillip Pullman's series comes to mind. It's just dark, dreary, anti God stuff.

5. Are any characters in your books based on any family members?

Antoinette is a bit of my wife. Tommy Bowman in my new series is like my son Tommy in some ways.

6. What is your writing schedule? (Mornings, at night, etc)

I wish I could have a set schedule. But alas, my days are too random to count on. So I write when I can. Evenings mostly.

7. Do you have any tips for young writers?

Tons. See my blog: www.enterthedoorwithin.blogspot.com and click on the link in my sidebar "Writing tips." You'll find much of what you need there.