Author Interview The Luddite’s Guide to Technology Tour


I’m interviewing CJS Hayward, author of creative non-fiction “The Luddite’s Guide to Technology”. Welcome to my blog!

1) How long have you been writing?
​ I have wanted to be an author for a long time, and writing in online forums since high school. I wrote volumes of material, probably lost to no great effect, as I was struggling to write in a way that people could understand. I eventually made it, in part at least, and finally learned to write in a way people would understand.​
2) Is The Luddite’s Guide to Technology your first book? If not, please tell us a little about your first book.
​Exactly pinning down my first book is hard; I took, years back, my writing and divided it into seven books: The Steel Orb, Hayward’s Unabridged Dictionary, The Christmas Tales, Firestorm 2034, Yonder, A Cord of Seven Strands, and The Sign of the Grail.​ If we table the question of “first to market”, my “best to market” was probably The Best of Jonathan’s Corner. The Best of Jonathan’s Corner is a well-rounded collection about faith, religion and spirituality.
3) Why did you choose to write about technology?
​ There is a saying in the Orthodox Church, of “Immemorial custom has the weight of canon law.” In other words, how Orthodox cultures have always worked has great weight.​
​ Today we live in a time of great upheaval, where the social aspects of technology are significant, and I’ve been interested in them at least since a professor at college handed me a copy of Neil Postman’s Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in an Age of Show Business.​
4) Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
​ The best advice I can give is very old advice: “Seek first the Kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added unto you as well.” There is nothing better to offer.​

5) Do you have any works in progress you’d like to tell us about?

​I would like to write something about Merlin, but it is coming in fits and starts. If you visit my website,​ there is a great deal that is already there and already written.

About The Book

21247087Title: The Luddite’s Guide to Technology

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.

Author Bio

cjsh_square_fullChristos Jonathan Seth Hayward wears many hats as a person: author, philosopher, theologian, artist, poet, wayfarer, philologist, inventor, web guru, teacher.

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).




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