Frank Peretti; Janet Oke; Max Lucado; Dee Henderson; Ted Dekker and Dusty Rhodes
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The challenge. The adventure. The Lord of course. The responsibilities placed on me as a husband and father. The opportunity to write something that will inspire others.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I read. I research. I study the craft of writing. I get outside and either play basketball with my boys or I watch them play. Both of them have more energy than I do and out play me. I enjoy fishing, whether I catch anything or not. I love socializing with friends and family. Cookouts are awesome. Sitting down with my wife with a hot cup of coffee and talking about life and the goodness of God.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Facebook, Amazon, emails from various writers.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It all started out as an illustration for a sermon I was preparing. It was a fictional story that I was using as an application. It was about a slave girl that wasn't worth much. Nobody wanted her. She was abused, sick and frail. To everyone's amazement she was purchased by a king.
What is your writing process?
Depends on what's going on that particular day. But I generally do my best writing first thing in the morning when the boys are at school or late at night when everyone else is in bed. I don't want to sound, over spiritual but most of my poetry comes during my prayer time.
When I am writing on one of my novels. I write anytime and anywhere I get the chance. But it has to be quiet. without interruption. I zone out into that mystical, magical, wonderful world of fiction, where my characters come alive and they talk to me and I (really) weep for them as I create their story.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
First: The Bible. It is a guide to all things responsible, all things spiritual and all things meaningful. Second: Facing Your Giants by Max Lucado. I have many of Rev. Lucado's books, but this one resonated with me, because I have needed to slay a few giants in my life. Third would be, Dusty Rhodes' books. They are all clean westerns that I read for relaxation.. Fourth, Dee Henderson, 'The Witness', awesome book of mystery. Fifth: Frank Peretti, 'This Present Darkness and Piercing the Darkness'. :
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything to do with the writing craft.
Describe your desk
Big and cluttered with sticky notes, papers with writing notes. A cup of coffee or a big glass of ice tea. Pictures of my children and wife and a printer and stacks of books.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I am a native Texan. Born in the panhandle of this great state. I was raised in Amarillo, TX. I am not sure the location inspired me to write, but the influence of good people has encouraged me to write.
When did you first start writing?
I got serious about writing after I had a series of life altering events took place. At first I wrote because I found it to be very therapeutic. My first book 'After the Storm a Calm' (Which has not been published yet.) Is my story of overcoming a shattered dream, a broken heart. It's a book about dancing while your still among the ashes. It is an inspirational book of overcoming.
About the same time I started writing that book. I began writing inspirational poetry. The poems keep coming and I keep writing.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book. (Not yet published) Is a collection of inspirational poetry that I began writing in 2009. The title of the book is: Pen of Purpose. The story behind it is quite lengthy, but in a nutshell, I like Job of the Old Testament lost everything in a matter of weeks. I was crushed emotionally, I was broke financially, I was sick physically and I was for a season suicidal. I wanted to give up on life. Like Elijah I wanted to die. God had another plan and He saved me from self destruction.
I was weeping before the Lord, about three in the morning. Walking around the sanctuary of the church I was the senior pastor of. All I could say was, "Jesus, oh Jesus, I need you to help me." I felt something stop me, and the Lord whispered into my spirit, "I can hear your teardrops fall." Then the Lord gave me words to my first (meaningful) poem. 'I can Hear Your Teardrops Fall. Poems now come to me often while I'm in prayer.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The response I receive from people that needed the words. When I witness with my own eyes that my words helped them. Or when I receive an email from a reader that a poem or a story ministered to them.
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean everything to me. Without readers my writing ministry is in vain. My desire is to build a bond with my readers. I seek a relationship with my readers. I do not write for the applause of man, I write to inspire and to heal and to challenge. The Bible says, " A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver." That's beautiful.
I want my readers to know, They can get up and over their pain.
What are you working on next?
I have three books in my brain. All three are at various stages on paper.. I seem to jump around in my writing.
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