Tell us a bit about your family. I live in a small rural town in NW Illinois with my son, Eddie, my daughter, Kelly, our dog, Gus, and our cat, Puddin’.
What is your favorite quality about yourself? I am a practicing Christian.
What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why? “Evil only triumphs when good men say and do nothing“ (Sir Edmund Burke), which has as its genesis Ephesians 5:11 in the Bible – “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose [them].” Burke was so right, as is witnessed by today’s events.
What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life? Raising my two children who have become humble followers of Christ. They are loved and respected by everyone who knows them.
Do you have any advice for writers? This is very general, but be passionate regardless of what you write. Passion comes through to the reader – and you’ll need it when you’re trying to get published, as the business (publishing) has changed so dramatically the last 20 years (and not in a good way). I spend far more time trying to secure a publisher and promoting myself and books than I do actually writing.
Do you have any specific last thoughts that you want to say to your readers? Write everyday, and don’t give up. You have to be singularly devoted to be successful. There are probably thousands of brilliant books written every year that never see the light of day – all because the authors gave up.
What do you do to unwind and relax? I write. When I’m not writing I’m spending time with my son and daughter.
What dreams have been realized as a result of your writing? I’ve been a Christian lay minister and counselor my whole adult life. So I have been blessed to personally see God’s Word help many people. But when I write, I get letters from all over the world from people who have been helped by my writing. Point being, writing has helped spread my ministry in a way I would not have thought possible.
If you could leave your readers with one bit of wisdom, what would you want it to be? From a writing perspective, the following quote. “The writer does the most good who gives his reader the most knowledge and takes from him the least time.” (Sydney Smith) If I have a writing style beyond conversational, it’s trying to accomplish Mr. Smith’s goal.
When you wish to end your career, stop writing, and look back on your life, what thoughts would you like to have?That I didn’t waste the most precious earthly commodity – time.