Storytime for Grownups – Author Spotlight: Thom Vines, ‘Spear of the Centurion’

As we get closer to the holiday season, sometimes we need to remember the fact that there is Christ in Christmas.

Today, we bring you a little interview with Thom Vines, author of ‘Spear of the Centurion,’ whose personal journey of faith and hope inspired not only his work, but his everyday life.


How did you get your start in the literary world? My first book was nonfiction about the tortuous spiritual journey after losing a daughter. I had been writing for years, but never had published. This book, which was “Tragedy and Trust” (and became “A Parent’s Worst Nightmare” under Waldorf), was self-published.

 Can you tell us a little more about what you do? I am now retired, after a career as a public school administrator. I retired as the Deputy Superintendent at Lubbock-Cooper ISD. Now I enjoy my grandkids.


 What is your favorite part about being an author? I enjoy the regimen of work everyday. It keeps one sharp. I learn something new everyday.


 How do you get your inspiration? I think writers who wait to write after they have been “inspired” will never stretch. 


Of all the characters you’ve created, which one would you like to see come alive on the silver screen? Archer DeYoung from “Spear of the Centurion”.


1Can you tell us a bit about your book? The centurion who speared Christ on the cross, converts, and writes a manuscript of what he witnessed, and then buries it. The existence of the manuscript is discovered 2,000 years later. There is a hunt and a chase to get hold of it. Christians want to publish it. Atheists want to destroy it.” Think of it as “The Da VInci Code on Christian steroids”.

What is your next big project? A novel about the dangers of narcissism and hedonism.


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