Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Author Interview - James Rubart, Author of ROOMS - Part 1
Bio: James L. Rubart is the best-selling author of ROOMS and BOOK OF DAYS, married to the love of his life, and extremely proud of his two teenage sons. When he's not dirt biking, water skiing or playing guitar, he helps people with their marketing through his company, Barefoot Marketing.
Without further adieu, let's give Jim a big Christian Writer/Reader welcome!
1) From your website, I see you own a marketing company and have a speaking platform. How did you get involved writing fiction?
In 2003 God said, "It's time," and I dove in full force. He put the dream to write inside me when I was ten, but I was too scared to do anything about it till I heard God speak very clearly, "You're supposed to be a novelist. When are you going to start living your destiny?" I was still fearful, but knew God was blazing a trail in front of me. I finished ROOMS two years later--went to my first writing conference in 2006 and was offered a contract in June of '08. God was intricately involved the whole way.
2) Your book, Rooms, was riveting. Where did you get the idea for the main character and the plot?
ROOMS had a ton of influences, including It's a Wonderful Life, Frequency, Family Man, Disney's The Kid, Waking The Dead and Wild at Heart, but the spark that started it all was Robert Munger's little pamphlet My Heart, Christ's Home. When I was in my teens, that booklet had a major impact on my life. For twenty years I thought, "That would make a cool story if you blew up the idea on steroids and turned it into a novel. So I took that influence, mixed in the movies and books mentioned above along with a large helping of romance, and out came ROOMS.
Next Wednesday, 4/20/11, we'll continue with Part II of the interview.
Question for Writers: What inspired your WIP or finished manuscript?
Question for Readers: Have you ever dreamed of writing a book? What's keeping you from putting feet to those dreams?