Jerel Law is a gifted communicator and pastor with seventeen years of full-time ministry experience. He holds his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (go Tarheels!), and a master of divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Jerel began writing fiction as a way to encourage his children’s faith to come alive. He lives in North Carolina with his family. Spirit Fighter is his first novel.
Q: How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing fiction for about ten years. It all started after I read a book on a summer vacation at the beach. It spurred an idea and I thought, “I could do this.” I shared it with my wife, Susan, and she encouraged me to write – and even gave me permission to spend my evenings in front of the computer, pecking away at it. Even though that novel was never published, I finished it – and knew this was something I wanted to do.
Q: How did you come up with the idea for Spirit Fighter?
A combination of things, really. I’ve always been intrigued by Genesis 6 and the mysterious nephilim in the Bible. It hit me that if one of these mysterious, half-angel half-human creatures had a child, that he would be one-fourth angel – and just may have some angelic powers too. I also began to have a deep desire to communicate the reality that there is a spiritual world all around us.
At that same time – in the summer of 2009 – my kids were looking for something fun to read, and I began to wonder if I could write a book they would actually be interested in. (No small task!) The idea, and the motivation to write it, came together in a flurry of notes and study, and I plunged into Spirit Fighter.