What inspired you to write your first book? As I noted, I had retired from banking in 1982 at a fairly young age, and I knew I had obtained a wealth of information that could help people financially, so I sat down and committed said knowledge to paper in the hope I could reach a large audience. I will admit being a Christian bank president is a perhaps strange combination, but such can also be extremely helpful – when I was in banking I refused to ever see one of my customers taken advantage of because of my religious beliefs – my first books were dedicated to that goal, notwithstanding that I was no longer in the industry.
Who or what influenced your writing once you began? The motivating factor in my writing is trying to help people – period.
Who or what influenced your writing over the years? The Word of God influences everything I say and do, so it naturally influences what I write.
What made you want to be a writer? It’s something I’ve always enjoyed – mostly because I like helping people, and writing is a means to that end.
What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general? I write nothing but non-fiction. Frankly, I have doubt as to whether I could write fiction as I lack the creativity that’s required. I like to think I’m a conversational writer, as I try and make whatever I’m writing like a one-on-one conversation between myself and the reader.
Do you intend to make writing a career? I intend to keep writing, but I don’t think of it as a career per se.
Have you developed a specific writing style? Informative and conversational.
What is your greatest strength as a writer? Reviewers often note that my books are an “easy read.” I think this is critical for non-fiction writers like myself; i.e., what good is knowledge committed to paper if the reader cannot understand what you’re talking about?
Have you ever had writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it? I can honestly say no – it only takes me about a month to actually write a book, because by the time I start typing it’s already completely written in my head. Put another way, the knowledge it requires to write a book worth reading most often takes a lifetime. Typing, not so much.
Can you share a little of your current work with us? The Sin of Forgiveness explains how today’s forgiveness is far removed from the forgiveness described in the Bible. It reveals the harm caused by secular forgiveness, and shows how and why true Christian forgiveness can right the wrong(s) and make all involved whole again.
How did you come up with the title? I prayed for a title that would please God and one was given to me.
Who designed the cover? The design staff at Crosslink Publishing.
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Genre – Christian Life
Rating – G
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