own Kim Ford, interviewer extraordinaire for CFOM, did a great job at
interviewing some of the best and brightest in the Christian publishing
world. Here is a sampling of her interviews. Take it away Kim!
I had an opportunity to attend
the International Christian Retail Show this year, and although I grew
up just north of Atlanta, it was the first time I actually lived
downtown for a week! And what an amazing week it turned out to be!
I interviewed fiction and
nonfiction authors and even tossed in a couple of musicians for spice!
What amazed me most was that God was working in each individual
author’s or artist’s life to deliver a profound and undeniably clear
message: Get back to the truth found in God’s Word! Over and over again
I encountered life lessons and spiritual leadership that led one and
all to trumpet truth and obedience to God by whatever means they were
given. What an amazing discovery!
I also discovered some
little-known and fun facts about many authors, which I thought would
entertain and amaze you just as they did me!
tackles serious issues in his Every Man’s Battle ministry. He helps
both men and women overcome pornography addiction and the resulting
chaos it brings to so many lives. Steve is also a teaching pastor, a
talk show host, and a prolific writer. His latest release is Walking
into Walls by Worthy Publishing, and he will introduce a new
novella, The Encounter, with Thomas Nelson later
this year. What else is Steve Arterburn doing? How about appearing on Wheel
of Fortune with his twenty-year-old daughter! Steve said that
this was a special memory he will have with his daughter for the rest
of his life!
Liz Curtis Higgs
has just released another stellar historical, Mine Is the
Night, and she is excited that her readers will finally be
able to enjoy the end of this fabulous Scottish trilogy. Liz also
writes exceptional nonfiction, but she has discovered that her
audiences rarely overlap. Her readers love either nonfiction or
fiction, and because it takes her a year to write in either genre,
readers wind up with a long wait between titles. So guess what? Liz is
going to a format that is void of series and will write stand-alone
titles that will shorten the readers’ wait! How is that for exciting!
And do you know that she has over 900 books on Scotland? Never let it
be said that this lady doesn’t do her research! She also admits that
she is usually late turning in her manuscripts!
was a fascinating person to meet! The Lord saved David in 1981, and as
a self-proclaimed Shakespeare “geek,” he was enamored with the language
of the King James Bible. David operates best in an “all or nothing”
mode, so he was thrilled when Thomas Nelson gave him the opportunity to
research and record the life of King James. Majestie
gives a new voice to the life of this seventeenth-century king,
allowing readers to appreciate both his strengths and weaknesses. David
also wants people to know that William Tyndale is largely responsible
for a lot of the phraseology of the King James Bible because the
translators had such a huge respect for him. He is currently working on
another title for Thomas Nelson that will bring William Tyndale to
vivid life in the readers’ minds! David has published eight books and
just as many music albums. He is a multitalented gentleman who talks a
million miles an hour! It was a blast spending time with him!
the founder of Answers in Genesis ministries and his latest title, Already
Compromised, is an excellent guide for parents who have
children on the brink of entering college. Research undeniably proves
that today’s colleges are severely compromised in many areas of Bible
doctrine, and parents need to take an active role in helping their
students choose a college home. Ken firmly believes that the young
people today are hungry for answers, and they want to find those
answers in church. Children want the adults in their lives to stand on
the authority of God’s Word and give answers. Creationcolleges.org is a
tool that parents can use to narrow their search for biblically sound
colleges. It was truly an honor to speak with this man!
is a self-taught writer who has spent most of his adult life working in
construction. At the point in life when Dale’s writing truly took on a
life of its own, he was a stay-at-home dad, working nights and weekends
on small construction projects. The first article he published was born
out of an argument he had with a neighbor about labor management. In
the process of writing that article, Dale learned to self-edit, and he
later joined a writing
that further developed his talent. When he
began submitting articles and having one out of every six published (a
figure that statistically should have been closer to one out of a
hundred!), Dale realized his love for words and began his first novel.
Dale is the great-grandson of an Amish man, and his life has been
permeated with an Amish work ethic and a passion for displaying God’s
ability to work on a life from the inside out. His work has appeared on
the Publisher’s Weekly book-of-the-year list, and
he is thrilled to be writing full time. Paradise Valley
is his latest title.
Tosca Lee is an
unique lady who loves to explore the
question “Do we do the things we do out of fear or love?” Her unique
point of view allowed her the opportunity to team up with Ted Dekker
for an exciting trilogy entitled the Book of Mortals. Forbidden
is the first book in the series, and Tosca is excited by the many
promotional ideas that will be showcasing her work! She was secretive
about these promotions, but she did tell me that they could be found on
both her Website and Facebook page, as well as Ted’s. So be on the
lookout for some exciting stories and some fabulous give-aways!
is an author I’ve been reading for years, and her latest title, Promises
to Keep, tackles the harsh reality of spousal abuse and the
quiet stalking of a young girl. One of the main characters in this
story is a woman named Tilly, a character who came to Ann over
twenty-five years ago! She admits that Tilly is probably one of the
most eccentric and unique characters that her imagination has ever
produced. Racism is one of many themes explored in this tender story,
and it is a theme that reoccurs often in Ann’s writing. She wants
readers to realize that sometimes it is necessary to let go of dreams
and relationships in order to discover what is God’s best for their
has a phenomenally tight writing schedule! She just released Beside
Still Waters in April, and Along Wooded Paths
will follow this fall! She also will release Remembering You
with Guideposts this fall as well! Tricia has a fifteen-month-old at
home, so her writing time is limited by nap times and evenings. It’s a
good thing she is able to write quickly! Tricia is also working on an
historical suspense novel entitled Chasing Mona Lisa,
and once she finishes book three in her Amish series, she plans to dash
on to a prodigal son–type story set aboard the Titanic!
There is no end to the stories that travel from Tricia’s imagination
onto the pages of a book!
is the author of the Cheveis trilogy, and his latest novel, The
Gift, was an amazing adventure that continued the search for
God’s Word in a world in which it has been long hidden. Brian is a
professor at Moody Bible Institute, and he loves teaching folks about
God and His Word! That love of teaching is reflected in his fiction,
because many of his fictional settings are based on real places he has
traveled to in his studies. Brian wants the Cheveis trilogy to reflect
the transforming power of God’s Word, and it is his hope that readers
will encounter its preciousness as they’ve never encountered it before.
He writes swashbuckling adventure tales that engage the reader’s heart
was attending ICRS as a debut author. He is employed full time by the
marketing department of Focus on the Family, and he thinks of himself
as a marketing guy. His book, Taken, was originally
written just for friends and family, but as he continued to receive
positive feedback from his readers, he began to pursue publication.
Brock broke all the rules when he began to pitch his story, and it’s a
good thing he did! He now has contracts for nine
books in the next two years! His publishing story
is as amazing as the stories themselves, and he gives God all the glory
for his success. Brock is married with two young children at home, so
he writes nights and weekends. With so many books to write, I guess we
know what he’ll be doing for the next couple of years!
Well folks, I must end here for
now! To visit others I met at ICRS, you’ll just have to stop by Window
to My World for more in depth interviews and great give-aways!