Compelled by the Christian Right’s role in the 2004 presidential election, local author Marji Mendelsohn (who writes under the pen name K.C. Boyd) embarked to know more about how religion has become intertwined with politics. The result of her quest has surfaced with Being Christian, a pungent, deftly rendered novel centering on John Christian Hillcox, a fictional Texas megachurch pastor who preaches the gospel of prosperity and end times. Hillcox is a schemer with a dark heart, the product of a father who despises him. Mendelsohn, a self-described “64-year-old Jewish grandma,” discusses her first foray into fiction.