Interview with Jude Atkins

What's the story behind your latest book?
God gave me the idea to the book in a dream. I didn't know if I wanted to write a movie script or a book. A friend of ours and her husband, at the time, own a movie company and she wanted to be in on writing a script for it. For what ever reason that just didn't pan out. About a year later God gave me the specifics about the story and I felt that I should write a book about it. Five months later the book was done.
What are you working on next?
I have several books in the works right now. My next book in the series is The Dividing Asunder: Jack Reed. In the first book there was a pastor. I will be telling how Jack Reed came from a criminal life to know Christ and become a preacher. It will take the readers though Jack's freedom and the prejudices that he faces with Christians when they learn what God redeemed him from.

The third book in the series will be Dividing Asunder: Elouise Worthington, a lady who has mental and physical handicaps. It will be, like the other books, her story of redemption from her own perspective. I believe just because an individual may appear to us to have a physical or mental handicap, doesn't mean they they don't have feelings, wants, needs, emotions, etc. I want to convey this to the readers that people with disabilities have desire to know and come to Jesus, just like anyone else. This story will tell of Elouise's struggles in life, and even with her limited ability to communicate she is drawn to Christ.
Who are your favorite authors?
One of my favorite authors is a great and renowned wordsmith, Charles H. Spurgeon. I love reading his old sermons, and writings. I don't always agree with him, but he was a great pastor and amazing author.

I really like Don Dickerman's book: When Pigs Move In. Don has a way of making something complex simple to understand. I also appreciate his ministry.

I also love to read Matthew Henry's Commentary of the Bible. Matthew Henry had a great way of elaborating on topics.
What do your fans mean to you?
I've never desired people to look at me in a way that I consider someone a fan. We are all in this walk with Christ until he comes, or until we pass, together. I hope people read and enjoy my books. I hope that when people see me they pray that God's will be done in my life, just a do for others. With all that being said, I'm not sure I consider anyone who likes my work a fan...just a brother and sister in Christ, or someone who Christ is calling to him.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing I have an incredibly busy life with my five beautiful daughters: Ijaz (16 years old), Iman (15 years old), Iniyah (12 years old), Imarah (9 years old), and Iva (2 years old) and my wonderful husband, Jason. I'm also finishing up my Ph.D., as I'm ABD right now. I crochet and knit avidly. I'm an amateur jewelry makers. And being a victim of Celiac, I do a vast amount of gluten free baking and cooking.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing this book, and the other ones I'm working on now, is researching scripture that goes along with the book. I rediscover God's word every time. I find new ways to apply God's word to my life, and see how much God's word influence my life and others' lives around me.
Published 2017-03-08.
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Books by This Author

La División del Alma y del Espíritu
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 95,440. Language: Spanish. Published: April 6, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Religious
Monica Gutierrez has an encounter with God when an angel strikes her crude and overbearing boss and he now speaks words that only she can decipher. Being thrust into the life of her employer, Monica begins to find profound meaning through many powerful encounters she has with people that come into her life.
The Dividing Asunder
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 99,550. Language: English. Published: March 6, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Romance
Monica Gutierrez has an encounter with God when an angel strikes her crude and overbearing boss, and he now speaks words that only she can decipher. Being thrust into the life of her employer, Monica begins to find profound meaning through many powerful encounters she has with people that come into her life.