Warren, tell us about yourself...
I attended parochial grade school for eight years and seriously tried to follow the rules of my faith. However, by the time I was a teenager, I concluded that I was a failure and the religious rules seemed only to make me feel guilty. Although I continued to attend church every Sunday, I was just going through the motions. My religious background convinced me that there was a God, that I was a sinner and that there was a day of judgment coming for which I was not prepared. When I was in my late twenties, I met a co-worker who was a deacon at a Bible based church. I was curious about what the Bible said since I realized that I had never even read one book. My religious training consisted of bits and pieces of the Bible but no systematic study.
Soon after I began to study the Bible a profound change happened. I accepted the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross as payment for my sins and experienced a profound internal change. Since this happened, the Bible has become a guiding source of truth in my life. My new life and love for Jesus has motivated me to share the truths of the Bible. I have taught small groups and Sunday School classes; served as a deacon and have spoken in dozens of churches and conventions as a member of the Gideons. I live in the St. Louis area with my wife Diane who has been my one and only bride for 36 years. I run three miles several times each week which helps me focus on my dependence on God to give me strength to reach each milestone in life.
My systematic and daily study of the Bible over the past thirty years has shown me that there are many popular ideas among Christian denominations that are not Biblical. In America, copies of the Bible are plentiful but it remains a book that relatively few have read. Therefore, most people do not know what it says. Americans rely on theologians or religious leaders, which has resulted in the popular belief that the Bible is hard to understand due to many interpretations or contains contradictions or myths. It is not necessary to have a theological degree or training to understand the Bible. The essentials are a born again faith in Jesus Christ and disciplined study. Seek the advice and counsel of theologians, Christian books and other believers but do not be bound by them. Let the Bible always rule in seeking God’s message and perspective. Truth Seeker demonstrates that the Bible presents truths on a wide variety of practical and theological issues that come from the mind of God.
TRUTH SEEKER: BIBLE TOPICS is for everyone who has ever wondered “What does the Bible really say about…” It is a concise and objective summary of many practical living and theological topics supported by numerous quotes. You will be surprised by some of the popular religious ideas that are not found in the Bible.
Dr. Kevin Fontaine, Christian author of “The Jesus Cure” says…” Mr. Mueller provides cogent, yet comprehensive explanations of the truths that saturate each and every page of the Bible. In other words, Mr. Mueller has taken on the Herculean task of combing through the Bible to see what it says to us about the issues that confront each of us every day. Mr. Mueller performs this near impossible task with grace and aplomb.”
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The desire to become a writer was something that developed later in my life. My academic training and work experience has been in environmental science. I have authored some scientific papers and have made presentations at professional association meetings but I never dreamed about being an author. In the past ten years, my children got married and my wife was promoted into a job that requires travel every week so I found myself with extra time. This made it possible for me to pursue the passion I have for understanding and helping others understand what the Bible says.
What was the inspiration for your latest work of non-fiction?
I have read the Bible daily for over 30 years and continue to discover new truths when reading parts that I have previously studied many times. I have found that most people who call themselves Christian have not read the Bible much or at all. Most Christians believe what they are told through their priest, pastor or parents. I have found that there are many popular beliefs that are not supported by what the Bible says. This realization prompted me to write Truth Seeker: Bible Topics which is a concise summary of what the Bible says on many theological and practical living subjects with lots of Bible quotes so the reader can verify what the Bible says.
How do you go from an idea for a book to its completion? Is the process the same for every book you write? How long does it take you to write a book?
The genesis for each of the three non-fiction books that I have written starts with my curiosity and a desire to share what I have learned. Truth Seeker: Bible Topics started with a desire to summarize what the Bible says; Truth Seeker: New Testament Apocrypha stems from my curiosity regarding why some books that were popular in the early church were not included in the Bible and Truth Seeker: Mormonism began with a free copy of The Book of Mormon and my curiosity regarding whether this religion is part of main stream Christian religions. The process for writing each of these books is similar in that it involves reviewing, compiling and summarizing information regarding what these books say. I generally also include comments to highlight my findings or questions to stimulate further thought and discussion. The time it takes to write a book varies from as little as nine months for fiction to several years for non-fiction. I generally write one to several hours three or four days per week.
Are you currently working on any new book projects?
I am expanding on Truth Seeker: Mormonism by including Doctrine And Covenants as well as Pearl Of Great Price to my study of The Book Of Mormon as these three books are the basis for Mormonism. I also am writing the third book of my fictional trilogy The Sons Of Light. This is the concluding book of a Lord of the Rings style tale with Biblical themes.
Do you have any advice for beginning writers on how to write a non-fiction book? Do you have any advice for them regarding promoting that book once published?
My advice is find a subject that you are passionate about and try to learn as much about it as possible. Once you have learned enough to help others understand, then write a book. Book writing is about sharing something important. It takes years of time and persistent effort to bring it to completion and determination to promote it once completed.
What’s your writing schedule like? When do you find time to write?
I am generally alternately reading and writing what I learn for non-fiction books. I write
mostly during week day evenings while I am home alone. For fictional books, I find a
combination of music such as the sound tracks from the Lord The Rings or Narnia movies coupled with boring activities such as running or driving work best. It is during these times that I can let my imagination run which gives me ideas. These ideas are like scenes in a movie that I then write down and organize. I enjoy fiction because I am literally discovering the plot as I write each chapter.
How did you find your publisher? What was your journey to publication like?
Most publishers will not look at unsolicited books from unknown authors. I found my current publisher through searching the internet. There are only a handful of such publishing companies that I have been able to find. My first book was accepted by one of these publishers but they dropped me like a hot potato during contract negotiations when I mentioned that I had printed about one hundred copies to give to friends and relatives. Fortunately, my current publisher subsequently accepted the book and did not have any such restrictions on the distribution of a limited number of copies prior to publication. This publisher has also accepted my fictional book The Past And Future King and a revised and expanded revision of my first book titled Truth Seeker: Bible Topics.
I consider the relative ease of getting my books published a miracle given that only a few percent of the hundreds of thousands of books written in the United States each year are accepted by a publishing company.
How have your friends and family received your career as an author? Are they supportive?
My friends and family have been very supportive. Following the publication of my first book, my best friend wrote a book on how things work that is a required textbook for a technical college in Wisconsin. He and I have been very competitive and I believe this and my encouragement resulted in his book. Also, my father who is 90 started writing fiction and non-fiction books in the past few years. His health is frail but his mind is sharp and he has found an outlet for his favorite pass time which is reading books.
Warren, thank you so much for guesting today. I enjoyed chatting with you.