Chris Lee Hodges has been writing since he could first speak coherent sentences. It was at age six when he received the knowledge that he could create visions simply by arranging words on a page. His parents supported his writing by subscribing to the Weekly Reader Creative Writing Magazine. There would be just a paragraph of a beginning story and it was up to him to finish it. While the other children were etching multi-colored formations on paper, Hodges made those Crayons take flight and he delighted as he watched them chase pink giraffes around the kindergarten class. It was then that words became living and breathing characters to Chris.
He has expressed hope that his writing will inspire his readers to open the door to love even through the darkest of times. And to show how the redemptive power of love will conquer any battle.
Chris Lee Hodges lives just outside of Savannah where he is always writing blogs and stories. He is currently working on his first complete novel.
Who are your favorite authors?
I grew up with an interest in all sorts of genres. I was attracted to Stephen King's books when I was a kid. Still am. The man is inhuman when it comes to writing. I admire how he can write what seems to be a hundred novels a year. That's a bit of an exaggeration, I know. But he is very prolific. I was drawn into his intense descriptive style. There is also John Saul. He mixes horror with love stories and about the innocence of children. His characters deal with real-world issues while the life around them is infused with the supernatural. His novel, Darkness, is still one of my favorite books. As I got older I learned that I loved English class. I geeked out on words. I got to know the works of John Updike and Oscar WIlde. I was really drawn into the French poet, Arthur Rimbaud. I did not know anything about him until the movie, Total Eclipse, came out though. Leonardo DiCaprio did a phenomenal job portraying him on screen. After that, I ingested his works like a mad man.
I am a sap of a romantic though. Nicholas Sparks, Barbara Taylor Bradford, Danielle Steele. They all influence me as well. I like a good cry every now and then.
I wouldn't say you are a sap. You enjoy life, by helping others. Where do you think that philosphy came from. What instilled that passion inside of you?
Not to sound trivial with an answer that is so easy, but, my desire to lead a life that is directly influenced by the teachings and the life of Christ. I am a PK. A preacher's kid. Not so much a kid anymore, not in age at least, my playfulness and daydreaming would still make me a kid. I think that is pretty much a trait of all creative types. But who want's to grow up anyway, right? But, yeah. I was in church every time the doors were unlocked, and since my dad had a key, it was pretty much every day. Since I liked to read, while my father was working up a sermon during the week to prepare for Sunday, I would be laying underneath the pews, and sometimes leaning in the corner of the empty baptismal pool reading Theology books. Deep stuff. Like Charles Finney. Spurgeon. Of course, C. S. Lewis. Narnia was my second home. I guess, as I got older, all of that directed me to a deeper understanding and toward a quest for whatever God is. I went a little further once I entered adulthood and I became more of a progressive Christian. Social justice issues, equality for all. Basically the simple teachings of love. From Christ himself. I am very influenced by the Transcendentalists in early American History, as well. Basically, love for all things. Enjoy even the simplest things in nature.
A young photographer wants nothing in life but to help his gifted son live out his dreams. It is up to William to provide his son Rocco with a clear path. William Cain makes decisions for his son based on what he knows will prove fruitful. But are his decisions really in his son's best interest?