Comment Magazine “Comments” on My Storytelling


How am I supposed to get any work done when journals like Comment publish very distracting articles like…

… this one?

I’ve been enjoying Comment for a while now, but I never expected to see something like this in its pages.

Sheesh. I’ve been reading reviews lately that say, “Oh, man, this story had more than five characters, so I gave up.” Or, “I don’t read books that make me have to think.” So it’s a blessing to read something as thoughtful as this.

When people enjoy my novels, I’m often intrigued by their interpretations, and by what grabbed their attention. Many, many thanks to Robert Joustra who wrote this piece. I hope I get to find him and thank him in person someday.

Now I somehow have to put this out of my head and finish writing the last book in the series.

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.