Interview with Neil Marnewick

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Sharing what God gave me. I want everybody to be blessed.
Describe your desk
My daytime job is to be a project engineer for difficult parts at a car manufacturer here in South Africa. My desk is usually organized.

So, where do I write the books? EVERYWHERE! Usually at home on the couch, in my bed. I love to go to the bushes by the river or to sit in a park as well. Writing the books at a desk may me feel limited in my mind.
When did you first start writing?
I never intended to publish a book. God is behind all of this, because of the MESSAGE. I had a cell group at Word of Faith Christian Centre in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, and took the job very serious. I wanted to give the people the best, give them everything I've learnt, but I thought that the recapping of the Sunday service was not good enough. So, I asked God for a special message the first day and He gave it. Then again and again. I asked him at one stage where it was all going and He said when the course is finished I need to publish it.

I had to learn how to write and then rewrite the book. During that time the Lord gave me visions, which I wrote down and that became the first seven short stories, which are also in the ICJ level 1 study guide. Then, one day god said put these in a booklet as a second book and I did. I included the five stories for the level 2 guide as well. Again, there is a pattern.
What do your fans mean to you?
I appreciate people. To look at a screen and see numbers of hits and sales mean nothing to me, but when I speak to someone, including friends and colleagues and they say that what I wrote meant something to them - that is what it is all about!
What are you working on next?
Identity Christian Journey Level 2. This is all about building character.

I never write something to fill the gap or what I think will be a good topic. The message must come from God and surely I had to learn and apply it first. Therefore it is also my journey.

(Level 1 is currently only available at Amazon as it is published with DRM.)
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My sense of responsibility and accountability towards Jesus Christ. Tonight I will meet with him at our special place and I will tell him what happened today, what was good and what was bad, including what I did wrong.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I would search for a specific topic.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
In 1998 I wrote poetry and only for that year. I have lost all of it over the years. Looking back I think God planted the seed there, but maybe I screwed it up then, I don't know.
What is your writing process?
God would reveal to me a message, which will be related to the bible. I then have to go and read it up and cross refer the topic, usually to everything else there is in the bible. I use e-sword.net and as it contains the Strongs Concordance as well it is easy to check up on the original text.

I let the Holy Spirit work through me and do this whilst listening to top quality Christian music in a quiet environment. Once the basic message is there it will need many many checks and tweaking to refine.
How do you approach cover design?
I ask God what it should be. With the Identity Course it was easy - He showed it to me. With the short stories I only received an idea and had the fun to develop it. I had to look around for a photo and found none good enough that I took myself. Then I discovered the photo that my friend, Katharina Kummer took at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. She gave me permission to use it and from there I had just to be sensitive to how the Holy Spirit lead me when I modified it.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Well, I have to let the cat out of the bag now: I am not a big reader. I do not read fiction often, although I like some movies. I would read a topic to gain knowledge and I read many websites a month for this same purpose.

Ultimately I read the bible the most often.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My mobile - Nokia Lumia!
Published 2014-09-15.
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Books by This Author

The Garden and Other Short Stories
Price: Free! Words: 6,540. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Classical & allegory, Fiction » Inspirational
The enspiring compilation of a dozen short stories. Each person can relate to these deep messages birthed from the spiritual realm and captured into words as God has revealed them.