Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Interview with Jim Rubart and Book Giveaway!!
Today we have with us Jim Rubart. He has agreed to give one of my blog readers, a copy of his new book, Rooms.
Thanks for being with us today Jim!!
Thanks for not believing all the rumors and having me! (They know I’m kidding, right, Charity?)
How long have you known you wanted to be an author?
The desire hit me early, I realized around ten or eleven it was my destiny. But for many years I allowed fear to hold me back. I thought I’d be like one of those deluded America Idol singers people laugh at, so I didn’t take the shot till 2003.
Where did you get the idea for your story?
When I was a teenager I read Robert Unger’s little pamphlet My Heart, Christ’s Home. In my mid-twenties I thought, “What if you took that idea and put it on steroids?” and I started a short story. In my early forties—when I decided to make the story a novel—I mixed in some Wild at Heart, It’s a Wonderful Life, The Matrix, some C.S. Lewis, and other books and movies I’ve loved and out came ROOMS.
Are you a regimented writer?
I am now! Or do you write when the urge hits? I remember those days, but they can’t exist if you want to succeed as an author. No athlete practices only when they feel like it. Same thing for writers.
What one event would you have loved to have been at? Either historical or future?
I would love to be living when Jesus returns. That would be a rush.
Do you have someone you look up to? Maybe another author or relative?
A friend I’ve known for thirty-one years named Jim Vaux. He has the most integrity of anyone I’ve ever met. And he loved the Lord with everything inside.
What place would you love to go to?
Place? That sounds so singular! Maybe a historical site, overseas, or vacation spot? If I have to pick one I’ll go with my wife to Bali/French Polynesia and hang out in one of those huts that sit out over the water.
Do you have any other works in the making?
Three! Book of Days will release in January 2011, The Chair will release in the fall of 2011 and my novel I-Have-No-Clue-What-The-Book-Is-About will release in the summer of 2012.
And any last thoughts for your readers?
I knew my dream for so long without stepping into it. I was scared to risk. But life is risk. If not now, when are you going to jump off the cliff and see if you can fly? Do it.
Thank you so much!
Thanks for having me!
Readers, please comment below for a chance at winning a copy of Rooms. And if you get the word out there in any way, come back and comment. Either through Twitter, Facebook, your blog, etc. Please only tweet once a day. And you get another comment if you are a follower:)
Giveaway ends next Wed. Winner will be chosen through Random.org. They will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. Thanks everyone!!