Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I work as a medical doctor and as a software engineer (when I can find the time). Those are just two of the many irons I have in the fire. As an active Christian, I teach, preach, counsel, and lead a connect group.
“Baptism: let’s not water it down!” is the first book I have published under my own name, although not the first I have written. I also have two other books in the works, but with no specific target for their completion.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
“Baptism: let’s not water it down!” was written to fill a need. I had been teaching a class at my church for over a year. This class prepares new Christians for baptism; it gives them a good understanding of how to live a life that pleases God. It also shows them the significance of water baptism, and how it fits into the Christian life. After teaching this class with only the bible as our textbook, I saw the need for a more focused book. And so I wrote one.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I’m not sure whether other authors do this, but I like to plan the whole book early in the project. Then I can write the chapters in whatever sequence I feel like. I say “write”, but most of my writing is done by dictation, as I find that I’m more productive talking than I am writing or typing.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
My favorite writer is Charles Dickens; and I am especially fond of “A tale of two cities.”
What are you working on now?
One of the books I have in the works is one about grief. I leave it alone for months at a time; and every now and then, I go have a look and make some changes or additions to the material.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I’m just learning about book promotion. So far, I’ve only tried AwesomeGang; and I’ll wait to see what it adds to the sales of my book.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Spend adequate time planning your book; then just write it.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
I think it has to do with figuring out who my book is being written for, what type of person is going to purchase it. Being clear about that can be very liberating.
What are you reading now?
The soul winner, by Charles Spurgeon.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Well, I’m moving very slowly with my next book. I really want to spend some time finding the most cost-effective ways of promoting my book, “Baptism: let’s not water it down!” When I figure that out, it will be full steam ahead on all the other writing I have in the works.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
What do women want, by Luise Eichenbaum & Susie Orbach;
Clinical neuroanatomy made ridiculously simple, by Stephen Goldberg;
Paul’s epistle to the Romans, by the Apostle Paul.
I think I would want some writing material as well, and a large bottle with a cork, so I could create something and launch it to the world.