The Phoenix Files by Chris Morphew

I’ve written before about the way authors are becoming much more accessible through websites, blogs and videos – you can really get to know an author these days. Chris Morphew is one such author; just have a look at his blog!

I love the way you can find out what he’s reading,

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what he’s watching,

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and what he’s listening to.

He’s got a cool website. Have a look at it.

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Chris writes about all sorts of stuff on his blog, including his deep respect for John Green. He has a post entitled ‘Fat sandwich’ and subtitled ‘John Green is my hero’ with a video of John Green making a fat sandwich (obviously). Don’t watch it if you’re hungry – I’m really hungry now.

There are a few things that are interesting about Chris Morphew. The first is that he’s really humble. He doesn’t have tickets on himself. For example, in a blog post, he talks about how he can’t believe people are reading his books:

Arrival has been out for a couple of weeks now, and I still freak out every time I walk past it in a bookstore. So bizarre to see it sitting there on the shelf, all bound up and foily*, with a price sticker on the back – just like a real book!
Weirder still, people are actually reading it! I’ve already started getting feedback (via the website) from people who’ve finished the book. If you’re one of those people and you’re reading this – THANK YOU!

The second thing I find interesting about him is that he’s a Christian who thinks honestly and deeply, and likes to ask the difficult questions. For example, in this post he quotes Ed Dobson of the Mars Hill Bible Church who deals with

having-everything-in-common and giving-to-anyone-who-had-need parts – the idea that God cares about what we do with our stuff.
I’ve heard people preach on this passage before, and I’ve often been a bit underwhelmed by the suggestions for how the modern-day church should aim to live this out.

Chris has a good sense of humour, as you can see in his comment about his own picture

‘I don’t know what I’m reacting to here, but I wish I could see it again’

Chris is also on Twitter @ChrisMorphew and his bio reads:

24, author of The Phoenix Files. Writer, reader, teacher. Jesus Freak, Coffee enthusiast.

On his website you find out that Chris is a very young author

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You get a brief synopsis of The Phoenix Files

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You learn about the protagonist, Luke

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Read a synopsis about the book here.

There are only 100 days left until the end of the world, and teenager Luke Hunter and his friends are the only ones who can stop this from happening. The countdown to the end of the world is not a new storyline, but Chris Morphew keeps us totally in suspense throughout the 12 days of the countdown.

The first of 6 books in the series, The Arrival sets the scene for a thrilling mystery adventure set in the Australian outback.

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