Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
Until age 30 I led a fairly insignificant life for the most part. After graduating from Bible school my wife Wanda and I went to the pastorate. After that failed we moved and settled down to a quiet life in the city. We had a spiritual renewal in 1996 and became far more interested in following God in obedience. I started a consulting business which was highly successful and we bought a house in the suburbs but we wanted more of God. Our family decided to sell our house and business in 2007 and move east to start a new life. Out east God led us into a wilderness journey of homelessness, destitution, hunger and suffering as He weaned us off the systems of man so we could fully trust Him. Our survival depended on following Him completely in faith and for 40 months He had us move 82 times through 3 provinces. Sometime we wandered by rain slick highways, slept in snow banks, went hungry multiple times and were nearly killed an a few occasions. He finally had us settle down for a time to recover and recuperate from the trauma of the journey. After 2 years of rest He called on us to write about our story and our book is a true account of what happened.
Tell us about your books.
Our story is a true account of our journey of faith. We start with our wedding renewal in 2003 right up to the present. Every aspect of our journey and how God provided for us is accounted for. It is a raw, challenging read that will confront many on how they see the poor and those who walk by faith. It is also an insiders account of what exactly faith looks like when it is acted upon. Luke 14:33 was one verse I read but had never seen anyone live. Having lived that verse we now understand just what it takes to give up all to be a disciple. We also found that the early disciples experienced similar trials in 1 Corinthians 4:9-13. Our story is a testament to God’s faithfulness and should be an encouragement to all who follow Him.
How did you go about getting published?
Since we are very poor and had no connections God set us up with a lovely lady from South Africa who had knowledge of publishing. She helped us publish our book on Lulu. I subsequently learned how to publish a better version of the book on Smashwords.
What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?
When God gave us the go ahead to write the book He only gave us a short period to write it in. Since we were about to be homeless again I only had 1 month to write the whole book. I wrote morning til night for 26 days straight with my wife, Wanda, editing and correcting. Since this is the only book I will likely ever write I cannot say I have a process to this.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?
We are missionaries of faith and live accordingly. We have two pets, Milo the dog and Lennie-girl the parrot, which endured the hardship and suffering we all did in the wilderness.
Any advice for authors about book covers?
I am afraid I have no advice to give since I know little about the process. I can only say that my daughters are fine artists and see the bad book covers that many writers design. Hearing their comments leads me to think that writers should stick to writing and let artists do the art.
Any marketing tips you’d like to share with other authors?
I know very little about marketing and my scant knowledge would be of little use to anyone.
What’s your favorite book?
What are you reading now?
What’s your next book project?
I have no intention of ever writing another book however God may say otherwise.