The Reading Guru is interviewing CJS Hayward today, author of creative non-fiction “The Luddite’s Guide to Technology”.
1) When did you write your first book?
I wrote volumes and volumes, longer than the length of the Bible, in high school. That is lost now–good riddance! It took me a long time to write in a way that real people could understand.
2) What changed between your writing style when you first got started, and your writing now?
I was a math major, and I wrote very much out of my head. Now I try to write from the heart.
3) Why creative non-fiction?
I am fairly creative, and a creative bent comes naturally. Nonfiction as well as fiction works are natural candidates for creativity.
4) What is the target audience for your book? Who would your ideal reader be?
It would be a reader who is interested from a spiritual tradition about the effects of technology on society. The book is written out of the Orthodox Christian tradition, but should be something others find easy to relate to.
5) What else do you have planned for this year, in terms of writing?
Right now my effort isn’t a writing project; it’s a website development project. Let me know if you’d be interested in doing a website!
About The Book
Author: CJS Hayward
Genre: creative non-fiction / religion and spirituality / technology – social aspects
Mammon, as it is challenged in the Sermon on the Mount, represents such wealth and possessions as one could have two thousand years ago. But that is merely beer as contrasted to the eighty proof whisky our day has concocted. The Sermon on the Mount aims to put us in the driver’s seat and not what you could possess in ancient times, and if the Sermon on the Mount says something about metaphorical beer, perhaps there are implications for an age where something more like eighty proof whisky is all around us.
Some have asked, “If a much lesser C.S. Lewis were Orthodox, what would he be like?” And the answer may well be, “CJS Hayward.”
Hayward has lived in the U.S., Malaysia, England, and France, and holds master’s degrees bridging math and computers (UIUC), and philosophy and theology (Cambridge).