Interview with Jim Burdick

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't recall reading it (or having it read to me), but I can recall often referring to "The Little Train That Could", as well as countless Bible stories. These all DID help fashion my life. I recall finding a Tom Swift book and it being one of the early books (and series) that I latched on to independently. I remember this was a start to enjoying reading.

BUT! The first more mature and serious book that I recall was "The Stranger" by Albert Camus and I do recall it helping fashion much of my philosophy and (believe it or not) theology.
How do you approach cover design?
Cover design is like taxes ... I know it needs to be done, but I just don't like the task of doing it.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Five will be a tough number here. I might replace 'book' with 'groups', if I may. I read everything I can get by John Grisham. I have read most anything written by Camus. I read scriptures. I like open minded theologians such as Borg, Gulley, and Mulholland. And I enjoy reading most anything historical.

Theologically, Politically, or Socially, I'd rather read about alternative views than to read someone write about 'why what Jim thinks is correct'. I don't read to change my mind, I read to expand my mind.

I cannot stand modern polarization and I detest literature that is designed or intended to cause or contribute to it.
What do you read for pleasure?
Right now, I am reading Rob Bell "What We Talk About When We Talk About God" and James Surowiecki "The Wisdom Of Crowds". Neither is new, but both intrigue me. Reading for pleasure, to me, is like listening to "Radio Lab" on NPR, whatever feels good at that moment is interesting.

And I recommend Radio Lab to all readers. I think that if you like to read and will give it a chance, Radio Lab will enrich you through your ears and mind.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle Fire HD 7"
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I will have to get back to you on that one.
Describe your desk
If I rearranged some of this crap, I could see it and describe it. Right now, I know that gravity has a hold of a lot of things above my desk.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in California and I think that fair weather and a sense of the Golden Rule lead me to try to treat people (even in writing) positively and fairly.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I am not sure which one will finish first, but my one outline and two drafts are all Instructor Guides for adult Sunday School. The story is, that I don't find enough decent instruction help for volunteer teachers. And certainly not much at all for open-minded approaches to healthy Christian formation.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has definitely shown me a way to get product out where it can be reached by people I do not know.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy so far has been to hit return on the publishing process and seeing that within minutes the downloads start happening from more than just immediate family.
What are you working on next?
I have already talked bout upcoming lesson plans, but I'll share some up coming recipes!

Oven-baked Blackened Salmon
Low-carb (Unbreaded) Chicken Wings
Roasted Corn On The Cob
Dry Rub Pork Ribs
Published 2015-02-19.
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Books by This Author

TWO-fer Recipes Cornish Game Hen To Delight
Price: Free! Words: 1,190. Language: English. Published: February 18, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » American / General
A simple recipe built for two people.