Exclusive Interview with Author Ace Collins


Ace Collins

Exclusive Interview with Christian Author Ace Collins

Christian Author Ace Collins has written over 60 books and his newest book, [easyazon_link asin=”1426770030″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”capstrepor09-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]The Color of Justice[/easyazon_link], will be released October 7th. If you have read one of his books, you will notice that he is a gifted storyteller and dedicated to using his gift of writing to teach a lesson in each book. Growing up in Arkansas, he listened to his grandparents tell stories and this has been part of his family for generations. He wrote short stories as a child and throughout high school, but didn’t take the leap of faith and focus on writing novels until his late twenties. His first book was published when he was 28 years old.


The Color of Justice

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Set in 1964, a young black man is accused of murder in Justice, Mississippi. Segregation is still happening while black and white children are being integrated in schools. Attorney Coop Lindsay takes on the case of defending the young man and with the growing pressure of right and wrong dividing the town, he just wants to run away. The outcome no longer matters – Coop knows he’s not wanted or welcome in Justice. Fast-forward 50 years to 2014 and find Coop’s grandson back in Justice looking for answers to solve the trial. This case changed an entire family and now Coop’s grandson has the opportunity to change the future and right a major wrong from his grandfather’s past.


What Inspired The Color of Justice?

Ace Collins was getting ready for an interview with Good Morning America about 10 years and was waiting in the greenroom with Georgia Representative John Lewis, who is an African-American. History enthralls Ace, so he jumped at the chance to talk with Mr. Lewis and learned so much about segregation in America and became fascinated with 1964.

Ace stated, “I wanted to write a novel that entailed life then, the justice system then and the prejudices we had then. Bring up how things had and hasn’t changed in 50 years.”

The story was created and Ace set it as a courtroom drama. When I first read the description of the book, I thought of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. It’s also a courtroom drama that deals with a white lawyer defending a black man accused of a crime against a white woman.

What did Ace have to say? “I did not think of that book when I was writing The Color of Justice. I truly was inspired from my interest in African American history.”

Ace interviewed many people while doing research for the book, including people who lived during the time period and people with the rhythmic accent. There are many details the book includes that encompass what life was like for African Americans while the country was moving away from segregation. Coop Lindsay is a fictional character, but he was based on multiple people that Ace interviewed, so in a way, he was a real person.


Writing with a Purpose

One theme I come across is that so many Christian authors are focused on fulfilling God’s calling and Ace sees his writing in a similar way.

“One of my goals in Christian writing is to write books that people who pick up fiction wouldn’t normally read. Our job as Christian writers is to bring in people who are non-Christian to read our books. Otherwise our books are literally not reaching the people we need to reach. They are not changing the hearts and mind that we are called to touch.”

Ace’s lead characters in each book share a stark similarity that many people can relate to.

“My lead characters are always looking for their calling in life. They are insecure people and they don’t know what they need to do in life. When they are given an opportunity they shy away from it and wish they weren’t given the road to travel because they wish they could do something easier.”

Another unique aspect about Ace’s writing style is he follows the pace of classic radio shows from the 1930’s and 40’s. We live in a fast-pace society that doesn’t have time for the prose of John Steinbeck. Back then, radio conquered the challenge of portraying five paragraphs in a few sentences. Ace gets to the point and doesn’t add fluffy descriptions to fill in space, which is why his books are often packed with action and suspense.

I greatly enjoyed talking with Ace Collins and you really get a sense of a genuine author who is a Christian first and lives what he writes. He’s down to earth and truly cares about leading others to Christ.

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