In less than two weeks the 2014 Clive Staples Award will be presented at the Realm Makers Conference in Philadelphia. After readers nominated their favorite novels published in 2013 and voted for three finalists, the job of choosing the winner shifted to our panel of judges, a group I’d like to introduce.
First up is novelist Rich Bullock who I met some years ago in conjunction with the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. I’ve come to appreciate Rich’s analytic eye, insightful observations, and knowledge of fiction. In my mind, he is the perfect judge for a fiction contest.
Happily, he’s had significant experience, acting as a judge for a number of years in the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) Genesis Contest.
Rich writes stories of ordinary people put in perilous situations, where lives are changed forever.
Perilous Cove, a semi-final entry in the Zondervan First Novel Contest, 2009, is his first published novel and the first in the Perilous Safety Series. His second, Storm Song, won the 2010 ACFW Genesis Contest in the suspense category. And his third novel, Desperation Falls, released in January 2014.
He is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, and the local Quills of Faith writing group.
In addition to writing, he edits and critiques books, mentors new writers, and teaches an occasional writing workshop.
Fortunate to grow up in small-town San Luis Obispo, California, he developed an eye for settings that remind people of home. He now lives and writes in Redding, California, where on most days, he sees Mount Lassen, Mount Shasta, and the inside of Starbucks.