Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Author Interview - James L. Rubart, Author of Rooms - Final

Jim Rubart, Author of the best-selling novel, ROOMS, joins us for the final part of our interview. In the last segment, he discussed creating realistic characters and his journey to publication. Now, it's time to find out the driving force behind his books and where he's headed next.

4) Your book carries a profound message: living in freedom. Could you share your thoughts on "writing as a means to an end?"

Freedom is indeed the theme I want to see resonate in people after they read ROOMS, and it's really the theme of my life. I want more freedom (Gal. 5:1). I want to follow Jesus with more abandon than I do now. Jesus came to heal the broken hearted and set the captives free (Isaiah 61:1), and I want my heart to be healed and be set free. But I'm not sure I write as a means to an end. Like many writers, I write because I can't not write. I love to tell stories. And I have to tell the ones that are pounding around in my brain.

5) I've already purchased Book of Days and can't wait to read it. What new books can we look forward to in 2011 or 2012?

Thanks for buying BOOK OF DAYS! That story is extremely personal so it's been very gratifying that I've been getting e-mails from readers telling me it's made a significant impact on their lives. That makes all the work worthwhile.

Regarding new novels, I just finished edits on my third novel, THE CHAIR, which comes out this October. It's the story of an antiques dealer who is forced to face his greatest regret when he's given a legendary artifact that might be a lengendary supernatural healing chair made by Jesus. Also releasing in October is a small group study guide based on ROOMS. We'll have workbook, leader guide, a DVD...I'm really excited. Not only do I get to write the guide, we're headed down to Canon Beach to film intros to the DVD and behind the scenes. Here's more info if people are interested.

And I'm just about to start work on my fourth novel, which will come out in October of 2012.

Thanks so much for having me, Susan!

It was my pleasure, Jim.  I've gained much inspiration from your words, both from your books and this interview.

Question for Writers: Were you surprised by or learn something from this interview that will help you on your writing journey? Please share.

Question for Readers: Do you enjoy reading about your favorite authors and why?


Marja Verschoor-Meijers said...

Thanks for sharing Susan. I like his enthusiasm for the study guide that's coming!

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Marja -

Yes, Jim is passionate about his writing and message.

I'm reading Book of Days right now. It's riveting!

Susan :)

Jessica Nelson said...

Wow, his premises are fascinating! I do enjoy reading about my fave authors. I'm always interested in the person behind the books I love.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jess -

I also like reading about my favorite authors. It helps me identify with their books.

Susan :)

Diane said...

My all-time favorite word is freedom. I long with all my heart to see people set free, mentally, physcially, emotionally and spiritually! :O)

Kristen said...

Hi Susan!
Thanks so much for this interview. I really enjoyed hearing Jim's story. I loved hearing about his confirmation from God. I needed that reminder right now that God is the one who calls, and His timing is perfect, even when I want it right now!!
Have a wonderful day:)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Diane -

Ah, a woman after my own heart. :)


Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Kristen -

I always think of a phrase we see in scripture, "In the fullness of time..."

Susan :)

Karen Lange said...

Great interview! Yes, I do enjoy reading about my favorites. It's nice to learn more about them and hear what makes them tick.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Karen -

Thanks. If you think the interview was good, wait until you read Jim's books!

Susan :)