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Who are your favorite authors?
The Holy Spirit inspired authors of the Bible. Also many favorite Christian authors of today such as Charles Swindoll. Dave Hunt. Hal Lindsey. Charles Ryrie. John Walvoord. J. Dwight Pentecost. And many more of Christian genre. Charles Dickens, John Steinbeck, OHenry, and many others on the secular side.
What are you working on next?
A primer for Christians on non-negotiable differences between Christian and Islamic theology. There is no point of agreement upon any of the major doctrines and never will be without changing the authorities upon which faith and practice are based.
What is your writing process?
First comes an idea stimulated by a research project I am working on. I put that idea onto a note pad of ideas i keep. After I have completed the project i have been working on I go to my note pad and choose the one that peaks my interest. That begins a indeterminate time of research where it become clear I am up to the task or not. If i can do it I begin to make an outline gleaned from my research. From the outline I flesh in the context presented by each outline as a chapter.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
My mother taught me how to read before i entered the first grade. The first story I read that I could fully comprehend was the Ransom of Red Chief by O'Henry. I think she did it because i was as also a brat. It made me think about my behavior.
How do you approach cover design?
I am inept as a graphic artist. Therefore I seek and usually take the advice of the professional.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
have not had time to implement any as of today
Describe your desk
it has a computer and printer on it. There is a device that retains my research material as I read it and take notes. An empty bowl that had oatmeal and sweet cherries that contained my breakfast. A coffee mug i am about to go refill. The desk itself is inexpensive and of wood with dark brown veneer. The desk has four drawers stuffed full of files from college and seminary before this computer age. It is familiar and comfortable for me.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Born in Tonkawa Oklahoma lived there until I was ten. Moved to Planinview, Kansas lived there until I was fourteen. The moved to Haysvilled, Kansas until I joined the Navy at seventeen. My mother taught me to read before I went to first grade. Schools did not have kindergartens at that time. She loved history and I became fascinated with it as it opened up the world to me.
When did you first start writing?
I did not start until I became a Christian at age 38. I was too busy chasing the buck and expended any creative impulses in that direction. After God put on me on my intended path most of the next 36 years was devoted to writing sermons, Sunday school lessons, discipleship lessons, and papers for college and thesis for master degree. Now that I am retired I do research and write on subjects that have puzzled and interested me about eight hours a day.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The one just published, A Bad Idea, is fascinating in that while reading and studying the Book of Ezekiel and reading many commentators I respect and admire I became convinced they were missing the main point of the prophecy concerning a man named Gog from the land of Magog. These exegetical masters always identify it as a war. In respect to these men, I am convinced they are wrong. It is an intended war on Gog"s part, but God is using Gog's greed to bring him to judgment. The new book I am currently working on is untitled as of yet and the subject is differences between Christian and Islamic theology.
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