Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)? No.
What books have most influenced your life? Obviously, the Bible first and foremost, but I really don‘t think of the Word of God as a “book.” From a strictly writing perspective, In Cold Blood by Truman Capote.
Have you ever considered anyone as a mentor?” Other than my father, no.
Who is your favorite author and why? Truman Capote. His writing style and abilities have, in my opinion, yet to be duplicated.
Can we expect any more books from you in the future? Whether it’s good or bad, most definitely.
Have you started another book yet? 2 actually. I have a new book entitled The Sin of Forgiveness due out in a few months. And I just finished another book entitled The Gospel of “If.”
Are you reading any interesting books at the moment? I read a lot, always have. In fact, I read the backs of cereal boxes if I have an extra second or two at breakfast. I like learning new things – and reading is the key.
What are some of the best tools available today for writers, especially those just starting out? Most people think to be an author “all” you have to do is write a book, but those who have been around awhile know that writing is only about half the job – you have to find an agent, and/or a publisher on your own, and there’s never-ending publicity and promotion. In today’s market, writing is the easy part. Point being, learn as much about the business end of writing before you start writing that book you’ve always wanted to write.
What contributes to making a writer successful? Honestly, I have no idea. After my first book in 1982 the local college called and asked me to teach a class on writing. I politely turned them down, because I’m sure I do everything wrong and/or backward. For example, I don’t use an outline, I research while writing, and, as I said earlier, I write a book in my head before typing the first word.
Do you have any advice for writers? This is very general, but be passionate regardless of what you write. Passion comes through to the reader – and you’ll need it when you’re trying to get published, as the business (publishing) has changed so dramatically the last 20 years (and not in a good way). I spend far more time trying to secure a publisher and promoting myself and books than I do actually writing.
Do you have any specific last thoughts that you want to say to your readers? Write everyday, and don’t give up. You have to be singularly devoted to be successful. There are probably thousands of brilliant books written every year that never see the light of day – all because the authors gave up.
What do you do to unwind and relax? I write. When I’m not writing I’m spending time with my son and daughter.
What dreams have been realized as a result of your writing? I’ve been a Christian lay minister and counselor my whole adult life. So I have been blessed to personally see God’s Word help many people. But when I write, I get letters from all over the world from people who have been helped by my writing. Point being, writing has helped spread my ministry in a way I would not have thought possible.
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