To Tell the Truth About the World

Carey Bustard | September 30, 2015


J. Mark Bertrand is novelist, essayist, and lecturer. His Roland March novels––Back on Murder, Pattern of Wounds, and Nothing to Hide––led The Weekly Standard to dub him “a major crime fiction talent.” He has an MFA in creative writing from the University of Houston. He also writes about typography and publishing at BibleDesignBlog.com. Mark lives with his wife, Laurie, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where he is an elder at Grace Presbyterian Church.


How would you describe your work?

I am a novelist first and foremost, although I’ve also written nonfiction (Rethinking Worldview).

As an image-bearer of God, how does your work reflect some aspect of God’s work?

What we do when we write fiction parallels what happens in communion. Christ offers himself to us in the sacrament. Something like that happens on a deep level in the novel. The author creates a work where he or she is present and invites the reader into that experience. It’s one of the things that draws us to fiction––we become attached to the presence of the author behind the text…


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