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Christian, aka "Carv," is an author, actor, director, and columnist in northwest Washington State. He was born in San Pedro, California (a suburb of Los Angeles) in 1968. His debut novel Lightfall was published on Friday the 13th, November of 2009.
Carv wrote his first published novel, Lightfall, in 2007, shortly after moving from Ada, Oklahoma, the home of his undergraduate alma mater. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Theatre emphasis) and Bachelor of Science in Math for Secondary Education from East Central University, followed by a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Direction from Southern Illinois University - Carbondale.
After graduating in 1997, he moved to Los Angeles to work in the film and television business. He started as an extra, then studied film directing and screenwriting while working as an assistant at Warner Bros. Later, he moved back to Oklahoma, where he helped found the Cross Timbers Theatre Company, a not-for-profit troupe that aims to stage quality material for a minimal ticket price.
He's been interested in American religion since he was old enough to read. Born into a passionately fundamentalist Christian religion, Jehovah's Witnesses, he was groomed to be an elder in that faith. By the age of 16, he was spending some 80 hours a month knocking on doors, trying to talk people into studying Watchtower magazine. In the meantime, however, he'd become a fan of popular scientist Dr. Carl Sagan, who convinced him evolution was a fact and God was unnecessary to explain or control the universe. His love of science fiction also compelled him to write his first genre short stories. By the time Carv graduated college, he says, "I came out as an atheist zealot." Since then, his worldview has become less emphatic, and he describes himself as "a cosmically reverent agnostic." His e-book Rereading the Bible began as a series of blog entries on “Carv’s Thinky Blog,” which he updates regularly in support of his writing.
"I promised myself years ago I’d write three books to talk about the biggest taboos in American conversation," he once explained. "Lightfall was my novel about religion. The next one is all about sex. That’s where the fun really begins." True to his word, Carv (writing as Lynn Shelton) has now produced Mr. Klein's Wild Ride, a novel about the rise and fall of an adult theme park for sexual libertines.