Interview with Gary P Ferguson

Why did you write this book?
well, there were several reasons. As the son of a Protestant minister, I was always exposed to my faith. But as I got older, and had children of my own, I realized I had to decide what I truly believed, and why, if I was going to pass on a living faith to my children. Then, in 2007, it all came to a head, I suffered a very serious stroke and almost died. The doctors said I would never walk again and told my wife I would probably be in a nursing home the rest of my life. Two months later, I walked out of the hospital. I am still partially paralyzed on my left side, but I've learned to deal with it. You can't go through something like that without feeling God's presence, and I did. Now, after seeing all the horrific violence coming out of the Middle East, I am compelled to do something. to give back to the Lord who has given so much to me. If my words help in any way, even in the smallest detail the situation in the world today, then I will be happy.
What makes you qualified to write this book?
I think the best answer I can give to that is I am qualified because I am a normal person. I'm not a Bible expert, though with my background, I think I've been exposed to religion more than the average Joe, But I am just a guy. So I have questions that I am sure many other "normal" people like me have. I do not pretend to know the answers, but I do know the questions, and I invite anyone interested in their faith to join me in exploring them, so they can find their own answers. My opinions don't count, the only opinions that matter are those of the reader.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I have this driving need to say something, I feel I can contribute to this big world, and with God's help I will.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
My wife keeps me busy [laughs] She has MS, so with that and my stroke we keep each other busy. Plus we now have five grandchildren so there is never a dull moment.
what are your goals as a writer?
My number one goal is to be successful at it. I don't need to be rich and famous or make a ton of money, but in five years my disability will stop, so I would like to be able to make enough off my writing to pay for a trip to see the grand-kids, or go out to eat once in a while. That would be great. Like I used to tell my wife, I'm a cheap date [laughs again]
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes it was in third grade it was a story about an explorer finding a land of dinosaurs. I think I called it "Dino World" or something like that. The teacher made a special binding for it and I drew a cover picture in crayon I think my mom saved it for 20 years,,,,
Published 2015-02-27.
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