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Monday, May 10, 2010
Author Interview and Book Giveaway: Cowboy for a Rainy Afternoon
Welcome to Writing for Christ! Thank you for being with us today.
1: How long did you write before you were published?
I got published before I started writing. Let me explain. My wife, Janet, had attended several writer’s conferences. While transcribing my sermons one day she said, “Some of this is pretty good. I could clean them up into stories and articles and send them to editors.” I replied, “Do what you want, just as long as it doesn’t involve me. I’m not interested in writing.” Several months later, in December 1976, I received several checks in the mail from magazine publishers for two different articles. I looked at those and told Janet, “Hey, I think I could like being a writer.” After that, I wrote hundreds of articles and short stories for numerous magazines. My first book proposal, Radical Discipleship, was released by Moody Press in 1981. That was 102 books ago.
2: When you held that first book in your hands, what was your first thought?
It’s always exciting. Publishing a book has never lost its amazement for me. Each one is such an honor and privilege. I never dreamed there’d be more than 1. . .or a couple. . .or a dozen. But my thought when I saw the first copy of Radical Discipleship? Wow, I better make sure I live up to that title (that wasn’t my original title for the proposal). I didn’t realize the pressure publication puts on the author to live up to certain expectations and standards.
3: What are you working on now?
My WIP (work in progress) is set back in the late 1800s, mainly on a train ride from Omaha to Sacramento. I’ve got two different working titles for it: “Throw Away Heart” and “Lady-Broke.” I realize they both sound more like romances than westerns, but that’s my struggle right now. . .figuring out a title that my western fans will like, when most of the story centers around a romance. Don’t have a publication date yet for this one, but do have a contract.
4: Where can readers find out more about your books?
We’ve got a website that says a lot about our books with reviews and such, also a bookstore for PayPal orders: http://www.blybooks.com/ We’ve also got a brand new blog that includes western flair devotionals and info about our books: http://www.blybooks.blogspot.com/
5: What message(s) do you want to be clear to your readers?
No matter what the trials and troubles of life, faith in Christ gets you through to the other side.
6: What are two things that people wouldn't normally know about you as a writer and or person?
As a writer. . .I rarely know when I sit down at the computer where the plot’s headed. I research the place and times and know my characters as well as I can, then mix them together and see how they react.
As a person. . .few folks realize that my main hobbies include collecting antique Winchesters. . .and playing golf. My partner and I have a website for the Winchesters: http://www.tapaderaswinchesters.com/ I’m also privileged to be a roving editor for Big Show Journal magazine, which aims for gun collectors.
As for the golf, I used to play on the college team years ago, but just lately got real regular with it again. What I can’t understand is how come I play better now than I did back when I was young? My life might have taken a different turn if I had.
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Any final words for readers?
Maybe you weren’t born 100 years too late! Check it out in Cowboy For A Rainy Afternoon.
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