I don't know that anything ever really motivated me to become an author. My Dad was a writer, and writing was just something I always did. I never actually had an ambition to be a writer - in fact my great childhood ambition was to be an engineer and a ballerina (at the same time. I figured I could engineer by day and dance by night. When you're ten years old, who needs sleep?) At the same time, expressing myself in words on paper has always been one of the most natural things in the world to me.
In terms of being an indie author, I guess it was the idea of having a greater degree of control over my work. I had a children's book published through traditional publishers back in 1990. It took forever to be approved, and then another forever to actually get to publication. I had no control over the illustrations (a very important factor for a kids' book) and, even though I was happy with the final result, they were not at all what I had envisioned. The book did quite well, but the experience left me feeling I wanted something better.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
We moved a great deal when I was a kid. By the time I was nine I was in my eighth school and, as far as I can figure, the fifteenth place where I had lived. Life did settle down a little after that, but not much.
I don't know that it influenced my writing directly, other than that it shaped the person I became. I was always the new kid on the block, never really had a chance to make friends, and with no siblings I became very self-reliant and independent. I learned to like my own company.
What is your writing process?
Mostly an idea trundles around in my mind for a while - sometimes a few weeks, sometimes months. Eventually I sit down and "mind map" it. Then it trundles round some more. Next I "mind map" the individual chapters. More trundling. Finally I sit down and write.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Real, Radical and Revolutionary has been ten years in the writing. It started out as a seminar I taught in the Blue Mountains in New South Wales, and I felt that it needed to be put out to a wider audience. A great deal of life has happened in the meanwhile, and my grasp of the original concepts has deepened and strengthened, so I have no regrets about it taking so long.
What are you working on next?
There are several things "on the boil" at the moment. I want to revise and re-release my two previous books, "My Little Chats With God" (a series of Biblical meditations) and "Called to Battle" (a basic manual for spiritual warfare.) I also have a couple of Bible studies series that I have been working on spasmodically for ages, and I want to do a follow-up to my current book, "Real, Radical and Revolutionary" to look in greater depth at the human spirit.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love seeing someone grasp a concept that I am trying to convey, and run with it.
Who are your favorite authors?
For Christian books I love Bill Johnson's work. I don't normally read much fiction, but on a recent holiday I devoured two of John Grisham's books and one of Jeffrey Archer's, and became an instant fan of both.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I head up a Christian ministry organization, Glory to the King Ministries International. We have a network of pastors throughout Africa and Asia who relate to us, so I spend a fair bit of time answering emails and writing newsletters, and developing teaching for them. There is also the inevitable administration, and fundraising for our humanitarian arm.
Apart from all that, I am addicted to building web sites, and I love knitting and cooking. I want to learn to sing and to paint.
Describe your desk
I once saw a poster that said "A tidy desk is the sign of a sick mind." I claimed it as a motto. 'Nuff said.
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