What book do you remember reading that had an impact on your early life?
A few months before my 21st birthday I read not one book but three, of which I feel had a definite impact on my life. The three were: “The Power of Positive Thinking” by Norman Vincent Peale; “Peace With God” by Billy Graham; and “No Man Is An Island” by Thomas Merton. All three of these authors were exceptionally religious men, who authored many books over the years, with Dr. Peale being a Methodist Minister, Billy Graham an esteemed evangelist, and Thomas Merton a college professor and author of seventy books, who later left his Christian faith to become a Trappist Monk. It was reading these distinguished authors' books in 1957 that gave me a new perspective about myself and a more positive approach toward life, and each wrote about the guidance of prayer and spirituality. After the completion of that enlightening reading endeavor I began to form an identity with meaning and purpose that instilled self-confidence and belief in myself, realizing, too, that I had a God given purpose in life. In summation, I can say, unequivocally, reading these books was my awakening and a positive roadway to my future.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Investigating, acquiring knowledge and expressing myself.
Describe your desk
My desk is one that is very active. It is usually covered with study material.
What are you working on next?
Writing about creationism, intelligent design, theistic evolution, and the great deluge of Noah's days.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I enjoy life and look forward to the next day.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading books about history, religion, and science,. I also check all of the news outlets on the internet, and use the internet as an encyclopedia.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the cotton fields of Northeast Arkansas, where there really wasn't anything to influence my writing. My home town was close to the area that John Grisham wrote about in "The Painted House". My home town of Manila was mentioned in the book.
What writing experience did you have over the years in writing?
Like most students, I had to write book reports and term papers in high school and in college. In my second year of graduate school, I wrote a lengthy thesis; and, in my younger years I was a layman minister writing out my own messages for the Sunday services. In my forty years of employment I compiled data and wrote reports and agreements. One of my written contributions in my early employment years was a 130 page Bank Loan Manual for the loan officers’ use.
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