As a child, Chris Fabry wrote stories, songs, and poems. The creative process invigorated him. He may not have been a fast reader, but the words on the page had a deep effect. So he vowed that if he ever had the chance to write, he would take it.
After high school, Fabry attended and graduated from the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. After graduation, Fabry and his wife felt a desire for biblical education, so his pastor suggested they check out Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. At Moody, Fabry met Jerry Jenkins, who learned of his desire to write and encouraged him to pursue his dream. In 1998, Jenkins and Dr. Tim LaHaye hired him to write the Left Behind: The Kids series. He wrote 35 books in that series over the next six years. He later collaborated with Jenkins on the Red Rock Mysteries series and The Wormling series, and in 2008 he worked solo on the NASCAR-based RPM series.
Since then he has published seven novels for adults: Dogwood, June Bug, Almost Heaven, Not in the Heart, Borders of the Heart, Every Waking Moment, and his latest release, The Promise of Jesse Woods. His first six novels were nominated for Christy Awards in the Contemporary Standalone Category, winning in 2009 for Dogwood and in 2011 for Almost Heaven, which was also awarded that year's Christian Book Award for Fiction, and in 2013 for Not in the Heart. Every Waking Moment received the 2014 Christianity Today Book Award of Merit in the Fiction category.
The past few years have also found Fabry embarking on a new journey in fiction-writing: the novelization of film screenplays. The motion picture The Song released in September 2014, with the novel developed from Richard L. Ramsey's screenplay following later that year. Fabry also created the novelization of War Room, the widely acclaimed film produced by the Kendrick brothers (Courageous, Fireproof). Both film and novel were released in August 2015.
In addition to his fiction work, Fabry also collaborated on two best-selling football biographies with Ohio State's Jim Tressel and Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints. In 2011 Fabry collaborated with renowned marriage expert Dr. Gary Chapman on A Marriage Carol, a Christmas novella offering hope for struggling marriages. Fabry and Chapman renewed their writing partnership in 2013 with a book on the dysfunctional family tree of Jesus, titled Extraordinary Grace. Altogether, Fabry has published more than 70 books for children and adults.
Fabry's other passion is broadcasting. As part of the DECCA program in high school, he worked at WNST Radio in Milton, WV. During his senior year at Marshall University he worked for WSAZ-TV as a weekend reporter. In 1985 he began hosting Open Line, a national call-in show which he hosted until 1997. In 1993 he began a six-year stint as co-host of Mornings with Greg and Chris on WMBI in Chicago. Then in May of 2008 he began Chris Fabry Live!, which received the 2008 Talk Personality of the Year Award from the National Religious Broadcasters. He can also be heard daily on Love Worth Finding, featuring the teaching of the late Dr. Adrian Rogers, and weekly on Building Relationships with Dr. Gary Chapman, which he co-hosts with his wife, Andrea.
Chris and Andrea were married in 1982 and are the parents of nine children. In October of 2008, after a lengthy time of illness for their family, the Fabrys vacated their home in Colorado due to a toxic mold problem. They left everything behind, moving to Tucson, Arizona, in early 2009 to seek medical help. Their family's health has improved, but they are still seeking to recover from the ordeal. According to Fabry, "My family is what energizes me. Most of all, I want to succeed as a husband and father."