Craig Borlase is an author and collaborative writer living outside Oxford, England. Childhood was messy, but things looked up when his mother decided to open their home to feed and care for local homeless people. As the men drank tea, smoked cheap cigarettes and talked about their lives, Craig listened, asked questions and let their stories take root in his imagination.
He was first published twenty years ago. Having experimented with various genres, he is now more fascinated than ever by the power of a great memoir to inspire and transform readers.
Craig has been represented by DCJA since 2012. He has published with Thomas Nelson, Zondervan, Tyndale, David C. Cook, Hodder & Stoughton, HarperCollins, FaithWords and Charisma/Relevant and is the Author of more than 45 books, including the bestselling Finding Gobi: A Little Dog with a Very Big Heart, published by Thomas Nelson in June ‘2017.
Craig's latest work is a collaboration with Pastor Andrew Brunson—God’s Hostage: A True Story of Persecution, Imprisonment, and Perseverance, due out in October 2019 by Baker Books. In 2016, Andrew and his wife Norine, missionaries in Turkey, were arrested and he was imprisoned. Accused of being a spy and being among the plotters of an attempted coup, Andrew became a political pawn whose story soon became known around the world. God's Hostage is the incredible true story of his imprisonment, his brokenness, and his eventual freedom. Anyone with a heart for missions, especially to the Muslim world, will love this tension-laden and faith-laced book.
ENDORSEMENTS FOR CRAIG'S WRITING:
"Craig's vision for Finding Gobi through his exceptional writing skills and wonderful perspective of the overall story, creativity and shaping it in the manner it was written was exceptional. Craig could take a simple memory and word it in a way that even had me thinking he was there. His commitment, dedication and challenging manner ensured my story was not only correctly formed but it gave me the confidence and trust in him to deliver an exceptional end result. Craig's tireless attention to detail and manner in delivering against the clock was second to none. He turned words into gold, was a joy and pleasure to work with and he gets the job done with ease and joy.
-Dion Leonard, author of Finding Gobi: A Little Dog with a Very Big Heart
"I don't know how he does it. He's got this way of asking a few questions, getting a handful of answers and then coming back with the most incredible stuff.
He's the writing sherpa."
-Reuben Morgan, songwriter and Hillsong worship leader
"It’s one thing to tell someone’s story. But to recreate a scene in such striking detail that you can actually feel the protagonist’s heart skip a beat is a gift that only a handful of writers possess—and Craig is one of them. Not only is he a phenomenal wordsmith, he is one of the most emotive interviewers I have ever seen, and that gift— to be able to tap into the raw emotions of a subject and find the words to express what most people can only feel, is the calling card of a truly great memoirist."
-Carol Traver, Sr. Acquisitions Editor, Tyndale House Publishers
"Craig is a word artist—with a sharp sense for detail, creative framing, and intuition to know just what will make a story come alive. But more than that, Craig is a writer with great compassion for the author/storyteller and reader alike. His process is about stepping into the world of another to see from their eyes, and he translates this with precision and thoughtfulness to every page."
-Stephanie Smith, Associate Acquisitions Editor, Zondervan
"Craig Borlase has a brilliant way of shaping words - writing in such a way that the words in turn shape us. He manages to convey not just information to keep our minds interested, but his writing also succeeds in probing the heart and stirring the soul. On the Compassionart book project, what started as a casual and randomly flowing conversation for my chapter ended up on the page as a concise, poetic and polished piece of work. Above all, it had heart. All of this was all down to the listening ear, ordered mind and creative flair of the writer, Craig. I highly recommend him!"
-Matt Redman, songwriter
"I have worked with Craig on fourteen original books – both as a collaborative writer and a sole author – and I trust him completely. He is a thoughtful, stylish writer who understands how real people think, feel and communicate; he is proud of his trade, has an excellent understanding of how publishers work and what editors look for and to top it all is a genuinely nice bloke."
-David Moloney, Editorial Director of Darton, Longman and Todd
"Craig Borlase is charming, sharp, and witty in person, and that translates to the page as well. As a writer and collaborator, Craig tells fantastic stories, communicates ideas clearly, and works with authors of all types, matching their voices masterfully. His versatility is impressive and he's a joy to work with on every project. I recommend him highly!"
-Alex Field, Publisher, WaterBrook Multnomah
"When I was explaining the idea for the book Craig didn't just tell me how it could be a good book, he immersed himself in the content and seemed to genuinely care about what the book could become. He brings a great narrative flow and playful intelligence, taking what is black and white and making it technicolor."
-Tim Chaddick, Pastor Reality LA
"Craig is a talented craftsman who captures well the voice and setting needed when looking for a collaborative writer. I heartily commend this excellent - and skilled - individual."
-Don Pape, Publisher, NavPress
"Craig has a gift of getting behind the story, beneath the rhetoric and exposing the heart of the matter. And when the heart is moved it can move mountains."
-Martin Smith, songwriter and former lead singer of Delirious