What writing project are you working on now?
My second book, Make it Rain: Building a Faith God Blesses. It is Inspirational non-fiction and it has encouraging stories and studies the book of James.
Tell us about your published work?
I have over 200 articles published. My first novel was just released in March 2016. It is titled The Rise of the Prophet. A story of biblical miracles in a different land. The hero has the strength of Samson. It is the first of a trilogy.
Who or what inspires your writing?
Max Lucado. My non-fiction writing tries to be like his. I love encouraging Christians.
I’m just convinced that believers need up-lifting. We live in a discouraging, angry world and we are so divided.
Who or what encouraged you to write?
My sweet wife, Brenda. She saw how I talked and came alive in writing. She has always been an encourager to me.
When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
Several years ago, but I didn’t know how. It has been a dream of mine, but it took finally focusing on learning the craft.
What experiences or education helped to prepare you?
I went back to school at 52 to complete a BA in English and Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University.
I started writing some sports articles, but I really love books. That is where my heart is.
Do you see your writing as a gift or calling?
I think a calling. Gift may imply that I’m good at it. I think a calling is a desire to fulfill it and that’s what I believe it is.
What do you hope to accomplish in your writing?
Encourage others. I hope something I write inspires a marriage to stay strong, a husband to love his wife, or a pastor to stay faithful in the ministry.
But I would like to write a lot of books too!
Does anything ever discourage you from writing?
Negative people. For some reason more and more people attack each other on social media. You can write an encouraging blog post and someone will criticize you. I just don’t get it.
What do you most like to read?
Anything Max Lucado. I love reading inspirational books and stories.
Does the Bible influence your work as a writer?
Yes, most definitely. The bible has so many life lessons and great stories it is easy to use a verse and launch into something to write about.
In what ways do you hope your writing will help to unify or strengthen the church Body of Christ?
I want to encourage the church to seek revival. We need to be united now more than ever. Without revival, I fear the church and this nation will continue to decline.
Have you found the Internet helpful in reaching others for Christ?
Yes. We have so much information to get out very quickly now. A blogger can get their post to a wide audience today. Encouraging words can spread to thousands of people.
How can readers find your work online?
Do you use social networks to interact online with other Christian poets, writers, editors, or publishers?
Yes. They certainly are an exciting tool today.
What helpful suggestions or encouragement would you like to offer other Christian poets or writers?
Write what you love. I know that sounds simple, but no matter how long it takes, you will never be happy until that is what you are doing.
Well Rodney, you have certainly given Christian Poets and Writers the inspiration to pursue the call of the “Write Life,” bringing encouragement and passion for what we love and allowing that to be the spring-board of our published work.
Thank you for taking the time to give this interview. May the Lord continue to bless the works of your hands.
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