Travis Thrasher has worked hard to defy definition and has by and large succeeded. Critics have compared him to both Stephen King and Nicholas Sparks and they’re accurate in both directions. He’s written novels in first, second, and third person; as well as in past and present tenses. Novellas, omnibuses, young adult, thrillers, love stories, supernatural, mysteries, adventures…he’s written them all and excels at each. But there is one thing that draws all his novels into a cohesive whole: Hope. And among authors who seek to explore Truth, discover Love, and present Hope, Travis Thrasher is simply one of the best.
– Josh Olds, LifeIsStory.com
This quote from Stephen King’s novella, The Shawshank Redemption, sums up the goal of every single one of Travis Thrasher’s novels: providing hope. As the novelist of many works of fiction, Travis has spent a decade fighting against being typecast and labeled.
“It’s a natural thing for novelists to be put into a box,” Travis says. “My goal has always been to tell stories about flawed characters who find redemption, whether it’s in a love story or a supernatural thriller.”
Having lived in places as diverse as Munich, Germany, and Sydney, Australia, during his youth, Travis moved to the Chicago area during his junior year of high school. That’s where he has remained.
After graduating from Trinity Christian College, Travis landed a job at Tyndale House Publishers as Author Relations Manager. He worked for over a decade in that position, acting as liaison between the publisher and the authors. But writing always came first, and Travis was fortunate to have his first novel published in 2000.
Getting that first book published was a dream come true, but Travis always saw himself having multiple books in print. Travis’s drive and imagination have allowed him to see a variety of books published: from love stories to suspense to drama to supernatural thrillers.
“I tell people this is not the way to build a writing career, but I’m thankful I’ve been able to build mine the way I wanted to. I want to entertain and surprise readers, and to continue to build a readership that will take journeys with me, whether they’re going to 1929 Brazil or current day Geneva, Illinois.”
His goal continues to be to tell powerful and moving stories that will reach fiction readers of all types. As a fulltime novelist for over four years, Travis feels he’s still just warming up.
“There are things I learn about the writing process and about myself with every novel. I believe my best stories are still in front of me, waiting to be discovered like a buried treasure. I’m thankful that I’m able to dig a little more every day.”
Travis lives with his wife and three daughters in a suburb of Chicago. He is engulfed by the color pink, but wouldn’t have it any other way. You can catch up with Travis on Facebook or Twitter as well as visit TravisThrasher.com for all the latest info.
The Promise Remains (2000)
The Watermark (2001)
Three Roads Home (2003)
Every Breath You Take (2009)
Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not? (w/Thompson Square) (2013)
Gun Lake (2004)
Out of the Devil’s Mouth (2008)
Teardrop: A 7 Hours Novella (2012)
The Second Thief (2003)
Sky Blue (2007)
Letters from War (w/ Mark Schultz) (2011)
Paper Angels (w/ Jimmy Wayne) (2011)
Home Run (2012)
40: A Novel (2011)
The Solitary Tales
Something I Can Never Have (2011)
101 Writing Tips (2011)
Podcast on 40 and Gravestone (2011)
Most Travis Thrasher reviews contain a miniature Q&A with Travis.
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