Interview with James Larson

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
A Tale of Two Cities. It impacted me in that the character of everyone in this historic drama was exposed under the worst of circumstances: the good as well as the bad. Godliness, honesty, and unselfishness is radically contrasted by the evil, vindictive, and hateful people.
How do you approach cover design?
I furnished the artist with the challenge of illustrating the three stages in Joseph's life, represented by the coat of rejection by his brothers; the coat confiscated by Potiphar's wife when Joseph rejected her seductions, which sent him to prison; and the coat of royalty and wealth in which he ended up as a result of his virtue and obedience to God. I think the cover achieves the objective symbolism.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Bible, for it is God's Word and the greatest book ever written.
Pilgrim's Progress, because of the Biblical analogies of life.
The Tale of Two cities, for the reasons above.
Count of Monte Cristo, for it's lessons of perseverence, industriousness and the epitome of rags to riches, and justice.
Jane Eyre, because of the unselfishness in this great love affair between two unglamorous people, and even in tragedy, there is justice.
What do you read for pleasure?
Modern translations of the Bible, and books about Godly men.
Describe your desk
Stacked up with research and reference books I'm using in writing my latest book, which is on the life of the Apostle Paull.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Montana on a ranch/farm. Hardy Boys books was a must read, which, when a new one came out, I had to scrape up the dollar of two it took to buy the latest mystery.
When did you first start writing?
I've written articles for the newspaper, magazines, but it wasn't until about five years ago I became friends with a Holocaust survivor that was challenged to write her life story. Now on my fifth book, writing has become a passion.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My books on Joseph and Paul stems from the curiosity of the story behind their lives as to what they were personally thinking and feeling. My book on the Magi stems from a twenty five year curiosity concerning the Magi in the Christmas story and how it happened that these heathen traveled 1,600 miles to worship a Jewish king. My book on Biblical humor and strange stories came as a result of reading unique and funny stories throughout the Bible that people ignore. By personally translating the Scripture in today's language, in almost four thousand references, I point out the humor, and tragedy, adding my commentary and questions for the reader to ponder.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
To give expression to my original thoughts and hear comments from people who have read them.
What are you working on next?
The Chronological events in the Apostle Paul's experiences from his point of view.
Who are your favorite authors?
Charles Dickens, John Bunyan, David Barton, Jack Hayford, Leonard Ravenhill
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Write books!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Watching movies with my wife, hunting duck and dear, and fishing.
Published 2015-06-17.
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Books by This Author

The Apostle
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 46,870. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Biblical Biography / New Testament, Fiction » Christian » Historical
The Biblical account of the Great Apostle Paul is presented here from his point of view beginning as a boy in Tarsus and continuing in chronological order to his death in Rome as he was beheaded. Take all four of Paul’s missionary journeys with him as he makes his way through the then-known world, evangelizing and establishing congregations town after town. Highlights of all Paul’s epistles, insp
A Funny Thing Happened on My Way Through the Bible
Price: $7.95 USD. Words: 151,500. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Biblical Commentary / General, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Biblical Reference / General
The Bible is full of humorous stories, as well as stories that are dead-serious. Author, James Larson has translated each Scriptural story in his unique paraphrased version, which is easily understood in today’s language. The commentary and questions about each passage bring out the humor, as well as the meaning of stories from almost all of the books of the Bible.
A Tale of Three Coats
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 29,350. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Contemporary, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Biblical Biography / Old Testament
Take a journey through the mind of Biblical Joseph, going from slavery, to prison, and finally to the palace. Factually based on Scripture, this novel fills in the blanks with fiction to bring the story to you from Joseph's point of view. What is the mystery of the Three Coats, and how did one man cause everyone to give their money, livestock, and land to the king and submit to him as slaves.