Interview with Mark Orava

When did you first start writing?
In Bible College. When I enrolled into college, I actually had a writing phobia but one particular professor, whom I had numerous classes with, would assign multiple papers each semester for each class. It didn't take long before the fear was gone and a pleasure remained. Writing, I discovered, became a necessary expressive outlet for me while satisfying the desire to create....sort of ex nihilo. For God is a creator and we are made in His image.
What are you working on next?
Prayerfully, I have felt lead/encouraged to continue writing notes or journal entries each year to publish in a collection at the end of each season. These entries will likely be whatever the Lord encourages me to write about and many times I don't even know what I'm to be writing about when I'm directed to do so. Therefore, the subject matter is a mystery. However, I have begun a fiction work based loosely on the non-fiction of my experiences but I can't quit my day job yet so it could be a long time before that sees the light of day, if ever.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
God. From whom all blessings flow. And life is a blessing. There was a time when God felt far away and life was not such the blessing and joy it is now. It is God that gives/makes life abundant.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Away from my day job, I enjoy spending time with my wife. We try to stay physically active, seeking to do adventure races and such. We have good intentions, however, we also enjoy some entertainments which sometimes conflict with the "physically active" such as movies, theater, reading, sabbothing. We also enjoy home improvements by way of gardening, decor, remodeling or any such thing that will contribute to the peace within our home and sanctuary that God has provided.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Bible, of course, is first. That gets the most read time and helps me get in my facetime with God.
Second favorite is a genre, not a specific book. I like to read and study Theology and/or anything pertaining to God and His creation. That might include existential philosophy, quantum physics, human psychology, etc.
Third, I would say probably the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher....no one book in particular. They're a great escape.
Fourth, would likely be anything within that same genre as Harry Dresden with adventure being the common thread. Adventure and magical; adventure and dystopian, adventure and post-apocalyptic. The Hunger Games, Divergent and The Road would be good examples.
And lastly, I love to read "How to" stuff. How to repair the broken window in the Jeep, how to fell a tree, how to garden with hydroponics, how to select the best humidifier, how to install a water softener.
Describe your desk
All my workspaces need to be neat, straighten, shined, organized and polished to a fault. It's a bit OCD or neurotic. There are not chalk lines for the stapler on my desk or a hammer on the pegboard but everything needs to be in order and in its place. The only thing permitted out of place is the current project I'm working on. If there's something sitting on my desk that means there is something unfinished. Even my computer desktop is empty of all shortcut and icons except the Recycle Bin. If there's a shortcut or icon on my computer screen that means something is not finished.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy from writing is the expression of self. Unexpressed self becomes angry. Unexpressed anger becomes depression. If self doesn't express, there becomes no self. Everyone needs a healthy, creative outlet. I used to have a mountain of unhealthy, destructive outlets so writing helps keep them at bay by eliminating the need for them.
Published 2015-03-11.
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Books by This Author

2016 To Be The Samaritan Neighbor; The Third Annual
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 35,440. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Christian » General, Fiction » Religious
Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these (Mk12:30-31). He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love (1Jn4:8). These are some of the verses that fueled a passion during this academic accomplishment. May the Lord use this collection of assignments to fuel a passion in you to love your neighbor as the Good Samaritan loved his. (Lk10:25-37)
2015 Notes of Mark Orava; The Second Annual
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 38,920. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Life / Spiritual Growth
Please ask the Holy Spirit, right now, if He would recommend that you read this book. Did you hear an answer? If you did hear an answer then, GREAT! But if you didn't hear an answer or you're unsure about what the Holy Spirit desires for you…… Well then I personally believe that you should read this book. For if you cannot hear God ….. How can you live? ~Mark Orava
2014 Notes of Mark Orava; The First Annual
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 42,860. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Life / Spiritual Growth
Please ask the Holy Spirit, right now, if He would recommend that you read this book. Did you hear an answer? If you did hear an answer then, GREAT! But if you didn't hear an answer or you're unsure about what the Holy Spirit desires for you…… Well then I personally believe that you should read this book. For if you cannot hear God ….. How can you live? ~Mark Orava