Interview with Graham Insley

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I love writing about God and who doesn't love sharing what they create? As a writer I want to touch as many people as I can with the gift that God has given me. If one person draws closer to the Lord because of something I write, my success is huge. But of course, to be honest, I also need an income to survive. I see indie publishing as a way to achieve all three goals: sharing, encouraging and providing.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It opens the pathway for me to get my books out to the market. But over and above that, the helpful tools and videos that have guided me through the process are priceless. Smashwords has made the journey easy to follow and fun to do.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Knowing that someone, somewhere may be encouraged by what I write and the depth of their relationship with God will increase.
What do your fans mean to you?
Obviously they are the second most important reason for writing. But it is the most important reason that says it all... it's what they mean to the Father; everything. God's love for every one of my fans is total and absolute. I write so that they can draw closer to Him.
What are you working on next?
I've started a series of books that encourage us to look closer at the Hebrew roots of Christianity. Not focusing on the theological or intellectual side, but the relational aspects of God with His chosen people. God is speaking volumes to us through the ancient Hebrew language, the culture that He established with His children and the times and seasons He put into place. Through an intimate message, He is calling us ever closer to His heart. I want to help people understand this and enjoy a journey into that intimacy.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite of all time is Philip Yancy. Chuck Swindoll is a close second. A close friend of mine, Dave Walker MD, is also up there.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Very little... I really enjoy my bed in the morning.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I browse Smashwords. I don't always buy whats on the first few pages, I tend to dig a little into the lower rankings and look for a cover that grabs my attention.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It wasn't a story, it was a poem about bigotry and racism. I was seventeen years old and upset by what I was seeing around me. I know I wrote lots of things before this, as school and so forth, but that's the first thing I remember.
What is your writing process?
Different to what the experts say it should be. Most tell you to just get words down and edit later, but I can't do it that way. I study, ponder, re-evaluate and edit as I write. I will often spend ages over one paragraph before I can move on -- not just trying to get the perfect words, but also a true understanding of what I'm trying to say. Of course, there are two or three edits that follow this, but the initial write is a study in progress.
Published 2017-09-05.
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