Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I'm a formerly-lapsed Christian who, by the grace of God, escaped a cubicle job surrounded by the dementors from Harry Potter. I now live in an old cabin in the woods on a lake in cottage country, north of Toronto, Canada. I'm also an artist, and I enjoy swimming, kayaking, scuba diving, hiking and renovating old cabins, although I'm pretty sure that last one is just a phase.
This is my first novel.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The Bible tells us that Jesus's brothers didn't believe he was the Messiah at first. Well, why would they? They were a poor family from a nondescript village in the middle of nowhere. The people of Israel were expecting their Saviour to be a political or military leader who would drive the Romans out. And there's Jesus, talking about love, repentance, everlasting life. James led the church in Jerusalem after the resurrection, so obviously he figured it out at some point. Of course it all makes sense in hindsight.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I have an unusual attachment to Post-it notes for outlining. Also, my cabin gets full-on sun in the late afternoons so I have to put my laptop down. That's when I go for a swim (summer) or shovel snow (winter).
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I enjoy any good story that's well written. I like PG Wodehouse just for the British humour. Harry Potter and the Hunger Games are excellent series that are also kid-friendly.
What are you working on now?
Book two in the series, which starts with the wedding in Cana (Jesus's first recorded miracle) and ends with the crucifixion. (Is that a plot spoiler?). Then onto book 3, when James led the church in Jerusalem.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Besides this one, of course, um…I really don't know. This is my first novel. I'm just bumbleklutzing along.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Ernest Hemingway apparently said the first draft is always poop (I paraphrase), so just get it over with. Another thing I've found very helpful is joining author groups and forums online. It helps to know I'm not alone and not the only one struggling with formatting, marketing etc.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Love one another as God loves us.
What are you reading now?
How a House Works by Duane Johnson, out of necessity. Before that was a Calvin and Hobbes book, and before that was Come to Me by Laura J. Davis.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Fame and fortune. Kazillion dollar royalty checks. Squatters rights on all the best-seller lists.
Failing that, the next two books in the series, then more historical fiction with a Christian theme.
What is your favorite book of all time?
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