Interview with Edmond Sanganyado

What motivated you to become an author?
Firstly, I am avid reader. I have been reading ever since I can remember. When I was probably six, my parents lost me at an international trade. Well, it was easy to find me, they just looked where there were many posters and signs. During my Bible studies, I often read other books people wrote. The first time I decided to start writing was when I walked into a Christian library and failed to find a book which was on the subject I was studying. I guess that was the first step in my journey as a writer.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
A call or a message from a friend saying what I wrote helped them in their Christian walk, I guess that is every Christian writer's silent desire. Above all, recognizing that I am using the skills and talents that God gave me so that He gets all the glory is the reason for my joy. Nothing can beat that.
What are you working on next?
As a blogger, I am always thinking of the next article but beyond that, I write from what the Lord taught me. Therefore, each day brings the question which everyone should also ask themselves, "What is the Lord saying, right now?" God has been reminding me each day of the gracious truth that He has enriched me in everything. I believe my next book will be exploring that awesome truth.
Who are your favorite authors?
Some call me a bookworm, so picking my favorite author will be difficult. However, Christian authors like Andrew Wommack, Joseph Prince, Cornel Marais and Kenneth E Hagin. I love how these authors focus on the finished work of Jesus. The problem I have seen among many authors is they focus on how our works influence God. The writings of Paul has influenced me a lot and it is my desire that God use me to show the simplicity of the cross as the Spirit wills.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am a husband and dad, so I spend time with my family. At times I play Central African music, Rhumba and dance with my son. He likes that a lot. I am also a student so the major part of my day is spent doing research.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first creative story I remember writing was a crime suspense called 'Machado must die'. It was about a man called Machado who flees the village at night and the next morning four dead bodies of his friends were found. The short story circulated among my friends and debate always rose regarding who was the suspect. From there I wrote a couple of novelettes. Writing fiction was fun. After I was born again, I switched from writing fiction to christian non-fiction.
What is your writing process?
I have an unusual writing regime. The challenges I face and the answers I see in Jesus often make the blueprint of my writing. Writing to me is not a process but a part of me where I will be looking at the scriptures and see where I am. It's all about a reflection of the finished work of God.
How do you approach cover design?
I design my own covers. So I always try to design a cover of a book I would be willing to buy if I see it for the first time in a bookstore. I ask a lot, for my first book, I posted a couple of book covers I had designed and asked my friends and family to pick the one they they think is the best.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Aside from the 66 books of the Bible, my favorite book is by Andrew Wommack, 'Living in The Balance of Faith and Grace'. In this book Andrew explains why we need both faith and grace to live a victorious life. I have read 'Destined to Reign' by Joseph Prince and this book explains how being saved by grace through faith has made us reign in life. Chuck Swindoll's 'Grace Awakening' helped me understand that the message Christ taught was that of grace and any other message is not good news Christ died for. Currently, I am reading Ryan Sletcher's 'Surpassing Glory', this is a masterpiece that shows we are no longer under law but under grace. As a married man, 'Grace filled Marriage' by Tim Kimmel is helping me a lot to become a better husband as Christ appointed me.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town of karoi in Zimbabwe. In this town almost everyone knows everyone else. So when I write, I do so with a sense of community, as if I know the person I am talking to.
What's the story behind your latest book?
In The Good Shepherd: Grace sets back your setbacks, I am talking about David and how the Lord brought him victory throughout his struggles. I first wrote Part Two of the book in 2008 after I had gone through some trying times in health, relationships and finances. God begin teaching me about how His love and kindness as the Shepherd would bring victory to me despite my obvious trying circumstances. Many people are going through what I went through or even worse, but the promises of God are yes and Amen. God is not only able to bring deliverance in your life but He is also willing.
Published 2014-11-03.
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Books by This Author

The Good Shepherd: Grace sets back your setbacks
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 50,840. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Life / Spiritual Growth, Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration
When the fiery darts of trials and temptation hits your most vulnerable and precious points, what do you do? Do you try to fix it, or seek the help of experts in the affected field? How has that been going so far? Find out how God's grace might be that missing link in setting back setbacks.