Interview with Rand Zacharias

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the city of Winnipeg...the city was being inundated by all cultures...a true melting pot with schools going up every year. All of my friends were from all over...it was a true mixing, melting pot filled with respect, but we had the same suburban life that any child growing up in the 60's and 70's would have had--and we had great teachers in our public school system--they made us think.
When did you first start writing?
Wow! I guess it was at age 8...I wrote a song called originally enough...My Song. However, when I read the Louis L'Amour novel, Hondo...I was hooked--knew that one day I would be a writer. I was so scared at such a young age..."will I be able to finish such a big book?"

i was through it in a week.

I have only stopped reading during the era when my ex-wife and I were producing children...a five-year span that I still regret--a writer should always be reading--how else will you know where the best of us is going?
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's an autobiography about growing up in a cult...it was more normal than you would think, but there were repercussions when the cult realized it was a cult...it's a unique story and I was forced to tell it with respect to almost all the people I mention in the book--there are some villains in my story--but they don't know themselves that they are villain's...it's how the whole "I am god's messenger" delusion works.

It's rather like Michael Douglas' character in the movie Falling Down..."I'm the bad guy?"
What motivated you to become an indie author?
No strings attached...easy enough to answer.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
No more wasted time looking for a publisher that can't afford to do anything for me...he's going broke on his own.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The release of adrenaline while on a roll...absolutely love it...it's freeing...this is writing.
What do your fans mean to you?
The world...my income...that I'm hitting the write notes when I'm playing my instrument.
What are you working on next?
Sequel to The God Followers--haven't decided what to call it yet...but it might be...First, We'll take Manhattans...lol...love the Manhattans back in the day.
Who are your favorite authors?
King, Mitchener, Koontz, Munro, Atwood, etc, etc...all of them...unless their writing is too flowery.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Coffee
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Thinking about the next great idea...the one that's gonna go big...go ViraL...lol.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I look at what's out there.
Published 2013-08-30.
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