Interview with John Orndorff

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I wrote was as a graduate student in college. On and examination I was to write a comparison and contrast between two theologians. I thought the question was boring so I decided to answer it as a story about being with the two scholars and how a visit with them might go. I made an A on the examination.
What is your writing process?
I think every writer has a different way of doing things. Some are more organized that others, and I am probably less organized. I get a general idea in my mind and I just begin to type it out. Along the way I collect more information and conduct further research on the subject. It generally takes three to four drafts before I am comfortable with what I have done.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't really remember the first story but the first book to impact me was Quo Vadis, by Henryk Sienkiewicz when I was in high school. The descriptiveness really captured my imagination, especially when the bodyguard of the Ligian princess wrestled the bull as the princess was tied to the bull's horns. I think this book was the one that made me more interested in intellectual pursuits.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
After over fifty years of reading this is a very difficult question, But, here goes. The Forgotten Soldier by Guy Sayer is the most gripping World War Two biography I have ever read. It does an incredible job of detailing the war from the German point of view. Next I would say the Forever War by Joe Haldeman. This science fiction novel tied my brain in knots! Another book that challenged my thinking was The Shack by William P. Young. His portrayal of a personal encounter with God was spellbinding. C.S. Lewis' The Problem of Pain was to me complex theology in an easy to comprehend format. Arthur Rex by Thomas Burger was another book that first made me interested in the Arthurian Legends and impacted my writing in a big way. However over all books I've read nothing has claimed my life like the Bible which I read every year.
What do you read for pleasure?
There is no one genre I read, but I would have to say history is my favorite subject and most biographies and histories are like fine novels to me.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I love them all, but I began on a NOOK and it remains my device of choice
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I think word of mouth is the best way to get the information out there about a new book. I'm finding that social networking is helpful as well as an up to date website.
Describe your desk
As a former world traveler I keep a world map under the glass top along with a picture of my family. I also keep a small globe in one corner of the desk. Generally I try to keep my desk clear and neat, but usually I will have stacks of paper on one side or another, each being a different project.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in rural Kentucky working either on the family farm or in the family feed mill. I never felt like I fit into world I was growing up in and pursued my university studies and a military career.
When did you first start writing?
I became serious about writing and publishing immediately after graduate school. When I began college I hated writing and tried to avoid it to no avail. As it turned out the more I was required to write the more I enjoyed it!
Published 2016-06-11.
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Books by This Author

From The Mouths Of Babes: Growing Closer To God Through Children
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 30,300. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Devotional
The richness of your life will be measured according to the depth of your relationship with God. So, how rich is your life? From the Mouths of Babes is a collection of vignettes detailing how God used the author’s grandchildren to teach him what He (God) thinks and how He feels about all of us. The author concludes that God’s love and concern for each of us is boundless.
The Enduring Art of War: A Paraphrase and Commentary on Sun Tzu
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 38,060. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Military, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General
The Enduring Art of War: A Paraphrase and Commentary on Sun Tzu uses modern language and historic examples to demonstrate this timeless classic’s relevance to the modern age. Though as the title implies the book was written about how to succeed in warfare it has applicability to all aspects of life. This book is easy to read and provides the reader with a greater appreciation for its insights.
The Gilgamesh Epic
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 46,660. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Futuristic, Fiction » Science fiction » General
James Gilgamesh has everything the world has to offer except the answer to his question: what is the meaning of life? Following a tragic loss, James travels all over the world in search of answers that eventually lead him to the planet, Mars.
How Have the Mighty Fallen
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 104,440. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Mystery & detective, Fiction » Christian » Suspense
Curt Goodman reflects over his life as his former peers, DEA Agents, grill him with questions. Curt’s career is ruined and his best friend is now dead. What happened to make this promising young minister become one of DEA’s top agents, and now a criminal? Curt’s life has gone from lofty highs to the lowest low, but is there yet a chance for this young man to pull out of his nose dive?
Watching for the Future: Techniques for Seeing the Days Ahead
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Princess Mary and the Prophet
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Prince John's Quest
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 33,070. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
The King of Heaven has commanded Prince John of El to find the Zahab Chokmah. Without any idea of what the Zahab Chokmah is, John sets out with three friends to find this elusive object. His quest soon takes a dangerous turn when the dreaded Warriors of the North kidnap him. John must survive captivity, disaster at sea, and betrayal to find the Zahab Chokmah and reunite with his friends.
Prince Michael and The Dragon
Price: Free! Words: 22,680. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
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