Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Geoff Waugh is the founding editor of 20 issues of the Renewal Journal and author of over 20 books on ministry and mission. He taught Anglican, Catholic and Uniting Church students in Trinity Theological College and the School of Theology of Griffith University as well as at Christian Heritage College in Brisbane, Australia. He taught in schools and Bible Colleges in Papua New Guinea and in the South Pacific and led short-term missions in Africa, Europe, Asia and in the South Pacific islands.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The Christmas Message: Reflections on the Significance of Christmas from The Queen's Christmas Broadcasts – my latest book. Our family regularly listened to these broadcasts on Christmas Day, and when I read transcripts of them I was impressed with The Queen's insights about the meaning of Christmas, so compiled excerpts of her Christmas Messages.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I have edited 20 individual Renewal Journals and 4 books of compiled journals, as well as over 20 books. I originally published with commercial publishers, but now offer those books and new ones in edited and updated independent publishing with Amazon and Kindle. Most of my books are available in a Basic Edition (normal print), Gift Edition (colour print), and as an eBook (Kindle).
What authors, or books have influenced you?
The world's bestseller, translated into over 400 languages and parts of it about Jesus translated into 3,000 languages, still inspires me, especially in different versions – the Bible. Historical novels often grab me, especially books by Morris West, Lloyd Douglas, and C S Lewis.
What are you working on now?
At 80 I am working on my memoirs, including serving and helping people in over 15 countries. My three adult children and eight grandchildren have also been involved, especially in helping at schools and orphanages.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Start with topics that inspire and impact you. Keep files of all work done, including discarded writing. Often you will come back and re-work or edit your work. Those revised efforts often become some of your best work.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Love God and love others. Respecting and helping all kinds of people will enrich your own life and theirs.
What are you reading now?
I'm reading books by C S Lewis, author of the famous novels, The Chronicle of Narnia, and much more. They have motivated me to produce books on Discovering Aslan.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I expect to complete my memoirs, and then continue to edit and write books on mission and revival.
What is your favorite book of all time?
It's hard to beat the story of Jesus in The Bible – the most translated book of all time, and inspiration for billions.