Thank you for being with us today, Jerry!
How long have you known you wanted to be an author?
Since about 1972.
I wanted to be a writer starting in 1964 when I was 14 and got hurt playing high school sports. I turned to sports writing for the school paper and local papers, and immediately realized I’d found my niche.
Can you tell me a little bit about your newest book?
The Last Operative (Tyndale House) is a thorough update and rewrite of my first stand-alone novel from the late 1980s, then called The Operative (Harper and Row). It’s an international spy thriller. I think it’s time for a little escapism fiction in the Christian market.
When a reader gets done with your book, what do you want them to come away with?
Hope. That is what separates the Christian novelist’s world view from the secular novelist’s.
Is there a place you have always wanted to visit? A vacation spot, historical monument, overseas, etc?
Yes. In spite of the fact that I have visited all 50 states, I have yet to see Niagara Falls, Yellowstone, or Mount Rushmore. My wife and I are going to Beijing and Bangkok next January to celebrate our 40th anniversary, then we plan to see those U.S. spots on a driving trip some time.
If you could have dinner with 2 people, who would they be?
Billy Graham and Stephen King, and I’ve enjoyed dinner with both.
What one event would you love to be at? Historical or future?
The day the Cubs win the World Series.
Do you have a favorite hobby?
Time with family, racquetball, movies.
Is there something about you most people wouldn't know?
Yes, and they still don’t. J
Do you have any suggestions for the aspiring writer?
Any last thoughts for your readers?
Writing is a solitary profession. I love to meet readers anywhere and everywhere.
And how can they connect with you?