I also write for The Christian Pulse webzine, Christian Fiction Online Magazine, and Examiner.com. I host a radio show on Blogtalk radio named Wielding the Sword of the Spirit and another for an organization called Across the Nations.
Bottom line: I want to align my life with God's will. My goal is not to attain the praise of man but of God. This desire makes it extremely difficult to be embraced as an author by the general populace and maybe not even by many Christians, but to revise an old John Wayne quote, "A crusader's gotta do what a crusader’s gotta do.
Thank you for sharing. That is a great goal to chase after. Can you share some more information about your current releases.
Sounds like two intriguing books. I'm sure readers want to know where to find you online and learn more about your work.
In 2006 I woke up at 2:00 AM with the distinct sensation that I had heard a voice saying "Write a book about evolution." I rolled over and went back to sleep. The next morning I went to the Lord in prayer asking, "Did you ask me to write a book about evolution last night?" As clear as a bell I heard a still small voice in my head say, "And when you're done with that, I want you to go after Harry Potter and the sexual revolution." And that launched me on this crazy journey. I just finished my 11th book.
Wow, eleven books...that's a great achievement. What was the inspiration for your latest work of fiction?
Two events spawned the idea. One was a prophetic word over the South Dakota Sioux people by Chuck Pierce and Dutch Sheets. The other was a basketball event that I went to that featured aNative American team. I just got the urge to write a book featuring a native American basketball team. I merged the two ideas together and wrote it about a girls basketball team instead of boys.
Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?
Totally made up, although the heroes usually have a lot of my personality and idealism in their makeup.
What was the most interesting research you had to do for any of your books?
The first novel I did was the one I researched the most. The story is about the evolution debate so I read a ton of books and web articles to learn as much as I could about the controversy and the scientific evidence which refutes Darwinism.
Where do you go to do your research?
I bought more books than I’ve purchased in the last thirty years together. I did go to the library for some of them. Also the Internet is my trusty research companion. I couldn’t live without the search engines.
Couldn't agree more...I use the Internet also for most of my research. How do you go from an idea for a book to the birth of the story? Is the process the same for every book you write? How long does it take you to write a book?
Some ideas I get are put into an idea document. When I get done with all the books I feel called to write, I’ll go back and write the ones on my list. It took me just fifteen days to write Against the Twilight. I blitzed that book. All the Voices of the Wind took nine months. I shoot for about 200 pages so in theory I should never take more than two months to write a book.
That's great. Are you currently working on any new book projects?
I’m working on my first non-fiction book named Will the Real Christianity Pretty Please Stand Up. I’ve also started another fiction story called Demons and Dragons, kind of a modern rewrite of Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
What is your favorite work of literary fiction and why? Do you have a favorite literary author?
Exodus by Leon Uris. Great story based on real life events. I’d say my favorite writer is Frances Hodgson Burnett, author of Secret Garden, Little Princess, Little Lord Fauntleroy, and others.
Who is your favorite contemporary author? Are you currently reading any contemporary novels?
I really don’t have much time to read because I feel strongly called to write and not read. I basically only read a few Christian novels, usually written by people I’ve met. James Scott Bell and Eric Wilson are two that I’ve read lately.
I love to read also but don't have a lot of time, especially since I feel the same way about a call to write. What’s your writing schedule like? When do you find time to write?
Inconsistent. Usually when I write, I blitzkrieg the project and give it all I can. Then I might go for a long time without writing at all. When I am in the groove, I start about 4:00 AM and compose until I have to start my day job and write as much as I can before bed. Saturday’s are usually consumed by my writing except for short breaks for exercising, eating, and napping. I’m trying not to write on Sundays, but if I feel the Lord would rather I get something of His published rather than observe the rest phase of the Sabbath, I’m OK with working all day except for church time.
Do you have any writing idiosyncrasies?
My stories are comprised of about 95% dialogue. I don’t really describe settings. And I never draw up an outline or character chart or anything formal. I basically just sit down at the computer and start typing with not a lot of idea about where I’m going that day.
How have your friends and family received your career as an author? Are they supportive? Maybe it was a small deal after the first one, but now they don’t seem to pay any attention.
Donald, thank you for stopping by today for an interview. I enjoyed the chat.