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GIVEAWAY & JIM RUBART INTERVIEW


1. You explain in the author notes in the back of Books of Days, your dad had a sickness that was making him lose his memory. You said you’d wondered if he’d ever get them back, then you ran across the scripture in Psalms that spoke to you. How did that inspire you to write this thought provoking book?

My dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in late 2000. I began to live the great sadness of watching my father’s memories fade away. I wondered where they were going. Was God catching them as they escaped his mind? Would they one day be restored to him? That’s when I Psalm 139:16 as you refer to. I realized God had already written down every moment of my Dad's life in His book. After that I started to wonder—what if that book was on earth? And what if we could find it and see our past, and our future? And what if my protagonist had to find it to keep his own mind from slipping away? Out of those thoughts came BOOK OF DAYS.



2. Where do you get your ideas for books? What inspires you when you do your actual writing? Is there anyone or a critique group that helps you with your plot twists and turns? Please explain.

For the most part, ideas pop into my brain like light bulbs going off. I don’t work at it, they just appear. I haven’t asked my other author friends, but I’m guessing some of them are the same. It’s the way our brains work. We’re seeing story ideas everywhere and memorizing great lines people say without even knowing it—then using them in our stories.

With ROOMS I was inspired by the love of writing. With Book of Days and The Chair, I was inspired by the love of writing and a contract that said, “Book must be done now!”

Plots? With ROOMS I had input from a number of friends. With Book of Days I built the story with significant assistance from my great friend and critique partner Royce Cameron (Yes, there’s a reason my protagonist’s first name in Book of Days is Cameron) and with The Chair I put the plot together by myself, then got some stellar input from my wife and author friend Susie Warren.

3. Some authors say they plot out their story step-by-step, others say they write by the seat-of-their-pants. What kind of writer are you? Please Explain.

I’m a hybrid. With ROOMS I was a complete SOTP. With Book of Days it was 75% outlined. With The Chair it was SOTP till I hit a wall about 60,000 words in, grabbed my note cards, wrote each scene on one card and taped them all to the wall of my writing room, then played with the scenes and added others in till I had a cohesive story.

4. Is being an author everything you thought it would be? If not, what has surprised you? Please Explain.

Yes, it’s everything I thought it would be and more. I wanted to be a part of people’s healing and freedom and the e-mails I get weekly make me realize that dream has come true.

I wanted to do try to do what C.S. Lewis had done for me when I was a child and send people into another world, so immersed in it they didn’t want to leave.

I wanted to see my words in print—growing up authors were my heroes, so to now be one of those people is surreal.

The only surprise is a wonderful one. I didn’t know I’d form such deep rich friendships with other authors. Those relationships are gold to me.

5. Can you tell me of two “Wow” moments you have had since you have been an author? What made it a “Wow” moment for you?

Only two? I did a signing last fall at a Barnes & Noble and when I arrived at the store an elegant lady was waiting for me with twelve copies of ROOMS stacked on a table. “I’m a recovering alcoholic and I bought your book for twelve recovering alcoholics I’m sponsoring.” It made me realize my novel was having significant impact on people’s lives.

Another “wow” moment happened to me just a few days ago. I was in a bookstore signing copies of Book of Days at the information desk and a shopper asked about it. I described the premise then said, “My first book is called ROOMS.” Her eyes went wide and she said, “You wrote ROOMS! You? I just started that! You wrote that? Oh, my, are you going to be here for a little bit? I have to call my friend, you have to stay here so she can come meet you. She LOVED your book.” I waited and met this lady’s friend. I tried to convey to this lady how honored I was that she took the time to read my book. I honestly don’t think of myself as anyone special, but it made me realize some people see me that way.


6. What do you enjoy most about the writing process? Why? What do you like the least?

I love re-writing, shaping, polishing after the first draft is done. I also love when I’m writing along and all of a sudden an idea pops into my head about how I can tie two unrelated elements of the story together, or a character will do something creative I didn’t see coming. And I love when I reread a part of the story and it makes me tear up. That’s when I know I’ve tapped into deep emotions.

The part I like the least is getting that first draft down on paper and somewhat coherently plotted out. I read once that writing a novel is having the ability to keep an entire book in your head at once. Exactly. And that can hurt at times stretching my brain that far.

7. What project are you working on now? What can you tell us about it? Give us a sneak peek?

I’m smack in the middle of edits on The Chair, my third novel which is the story of a young antiques dealer that has to face his greatest fear and his greatest failure when he’s given an artifact that might be a legendary chair with healing powers made by Jesus Christ.

I’m starting to brainstorm on my fourth novel Backspace, about a man that lives a mediocre, ordinary existence until he gets the ability to backspace any event in his life and do it over, which makes his life one of risk and adventure—until he has to chose to sacrifice the ability in order to save the only person he’s ever loved.

And I’m working on a very cool ancillary product to ROOMS that I’m just about to sign the contract on.

And I’m trying to find time to sleep.

8. I know you’ve done speaking engagements Does speaking to large groups come natural to you? How do you prepare for your speaking engagements?

The two things that have come the most naturally to me in life are writing and speaking. Speaking started in 2nd grade when I was asked to present to the PTA and I’ve loved doing it ever since.

The way I prepare is to practice in my head. I imagine myself giving the talk in my mind, I edit it there, rehearse, throw out the bad stuff, etc. Then I jot down a few headlines and go. I know this sounds a little nuts, but if you told me I had to speak to your group and had only fifteen minutes to prepare, I’d be ready.

But if you need me to do anything more complicated than add or subtract, I’m not your man.

9. Rooms is edgy and thought provoking book (so I’ve been told-I haven’t read it yet, but I want too!) What inspired you to write this story? What research did you do for this story?

When my son Taylor was nine he wrote a story in which he used the line, “Post haste!” I wondered where that came from until I heard Eugene from Adventures in Odyssey use the phrase.

Same thing we authors. We “borrow” from all our influences. People call ROOMS unique, but it’s simply me taking snippets from all the stories I’ve loved. It’s a Wonderful Life, The Matrix, The Screwtape Letters, Family Man, Disney’s The Kid, Wild at Heart, Field of Dreams, a big splash of romance, and out came ROOMS. But the inspiration that started it all was My Heart Christ’s home, a small pamphlet about Jesus exploring the rooms of our heart when we choose to follow Him. I always thought it would be cool to blow that allegory up on steroids.

The research was already done. I’d vacationed in Cannon Beach for years, and grew up in Seattle (the two locations in the book) so the research was already done.

10. In your book Rooms, what scenes were easy for you to write? Which ones were most difficult and why? Any plans to make that into a movie? Who would you cast as the leads in this movie?
Some authors have a few novels in their drawer that won’t see daylight; practice books if you will. I don’t. ROOMS was the first novel I attempted so I had no idea what I was doing.

Consequently I simply wrote down scenes as they popped into my head (no, I don’t write feel like I write my novels, I transcribe the movie playing in my brain.) Then I pieced them together like a puzzle. Because I had no deadlines with ROOMS, I can’t say any of the scenes were difficult. Certainly there were some scenes that were deeply emotional—people will know when they read them—but I didn’t struggle to come up with the story.

Movie? Yes, I’ve had four or five inquiries, but nothing firm yet. Would love to see that happen. Leads in the film? For Micah Taylor, my protagonist, I’d cast Chris Evans who played Johnny Storm in The Fantastic Four movies.

For Sarah I’d chose Evangeline Lily from LOST. And for Rick I’d choose Harrison Ford if I could take ten years off him.

 11. Do you have a say so in what the covers of your books look like? If so how does that process work? Did you come up with the title Rooms, for that book? If not, what was the working title?

They do let me give input on my covers and B& H has been wonderful to work with. I send them photos, ideas and some cover ideas, then they come back with two or three mock ups. I give my input and we refine from there till we finalize a cover we all like.

I did come up with the title, but ROOMS wasn’t the original one. No, I can’t tell you the one the novel lived with during the time I wrote the manuscript. It was so bad the people reading this interview would stop immediately.

I’ve named my other novels as well, Book of Days (just released), The Chair (October 2011), and Backspace (summer 2012.)















12. What was the working titles to your books Rooms and Book of Days? Or did you always have those titles in mind for your books?

As mentioned above, the original title of ROOMS will be a secret guarded as fiercely as the identity of in Carly Simon’s song You’re So Vain. (Yes, I know she finally told, but it took more than a few years.) Book of Days was the title from the start, as was The Chair and Backspace.

13. Did you always know you wanted to be a writer Jim? If not how did you catch the writing bug?

I read The Chronicles of Narnia when I was 10 or 11. I knew then. And the desire and dream never left.








14. Why write Christian Fiction when you could write in any other market? What’s the draw for you?

Is that what I write? Christian fiction? I wonder if C.S. Lewis thought of himself as writing Christian Fiction. I wonder if Tolkien or Charles Williams or George McDonald thought of themselves as Christian fiction authors. I am a passionate follower of Jesus. Because He is my life I can’t help but infuse my fiction with Him and the truth he’s shown me, but I truly think of myself as an author who is a Christian, not a Christian author.

15. What do you do to escape and get away from it all? Relax. Do you have a hobby that helps you do that? Is there a hobby that you just enjoy doing? If so what it? Please explain.


I love picking up my guitar and losing myself in a song. While I know songs with lyrics, the type of playing I enjoy the most are instrumental songs I’ve written. Riding my motorcycle can be incredibly soothing as well. And waterskiing with my sons is strenuous but relaxing at the same time.

QUESTIONS I JUST HAD TO ASK

1. If you found a magic lamp and a genie was going to grant you three whishes – what would those wishes be and why?

Freeze my boys at the age they are so we could have years more to do all the things we want to do together.
Go back and redo my sports career. I had natural athletic talent but squandered it.

Start my writing career much earlier. I let my fear hold me back for many years.




4. What three things would you rather not live without? (besides your bible)



My wife, my boys, my laptop. Yeah, not the most thrilling answer, but hey, it’s true.

5. A friend of yours has as time machine that they are letting you use. But you can only witness two events in the history of the world? Which events would you like to witness and why?


The crucifixion/the resurrection—that is the center of time; the past, present and future.
I’d like to go back to my childhood and see an even that happened to me when I was eight, with the understanding I have as an adult.







6. What movie impacted you the most as a child? Why?

Jaws. I was eleven and Brad Compton and I talked our parents into letting us go to the Fox Theatre in Spokane and see the movie. It was terrifying, and thrilling and it was an ADULT movie. Nothing against the Computer in Tennis Shoes, but this was for grown ups! As soon as the movie was over we rushed to beat up pay phone in the lobby, called our parents and begged to be able to stay and see it again.






ANY FINAL COMMENTS – THOUGHTS FOR MY READERS?

I’m guessing some your readers have a dream. Actually I know they have a dream. All of them. Don’t give up on it. It took me till I was forty till I took action on my deepest desire. If you’ve already started, keep believing. If you haven’t started yet, now is the time. Remember, in God’s economy there is no failure. The stepping out and risking is the success. And most of us stay in the boat. Don’t. Get out and walk on the water.


THANKS for stopping by Jim and letting us get to know you are your books. You are one busy man. Thanks also for having a give away here. I enjoyed The Book of Days and can't wait to read your other books. Until next time. To read my review of Book of Days Click this link http://psalm516.blogspot.com/2011/01/book-of-days-bk-of-week-review.html

Nora :D


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63 comments:

  1. Ew, Jim, NOT Evangeline Lily!! Puhleeease!
    And I love the 'hybrid' - that's a new one for me. Congrats on all these wonderful projects and I'm looking forward to reading Book of Days. If it's anything like Rooms, I know I'm going to love it.
    Great Interview, Nora!

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  2. This was a terrific interview. Jim sounds like such a humble and down to earth person. I loved getting to know more about him and how he writes. I loved Rooms and I'm sure I will love Book of Days. Thank you.
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  3. I am also a follower of this blog :-)
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  4. I've also had your button on my blog for quite a while now :-)
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  5. I would love to win a copy of this book. It sounds very intriguing. I will have to add these books to my wish list.

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  6. I would love to win a copy. Thanks for the opportunity. lolly-pops(at) JUNO DOT COM

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  7. I loved Rooms! But, Harrison Ford wouldn't be the best fit. I'm not sure who it'd be; but, not Harrison Ford.

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  8. I tweeted! :-)

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  9. My father was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in November of 2007. He's 73 years old now and still getting by thanks to advances in medications, but there is no cure. I'm sorry you had to go through this as well. It's hard, very hard, to watch their memories slip away.

    Thanks for entering me in the drawing.
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  10. There are so many memories I would like to retreive, that I know are gone forever,that after watching your video I will have to put you book on my to read list. Carmen sent me.

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  11. I enjoyed your interview and I would love to read this book.

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  12. Great interview and I enjoyed the video as well. I can hardly wait to read Book of Days. I read Rooms and could hardly put it down...I LOVED IT! What an awesome First novel! Thank you for the chance to win a copy of Book of Days!

    Blessings,
    Cindy W.

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  13. I am also an existing email subscriber and GFC follower of your blog.

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  14. I LOVED Rooms!!! And this was a wonderful interview I love the idea of a younger Harrison Ford as Rick from Rooms. He was a great Character! Book of Days sounds like another winner!
    Blessings Nora and Jim!
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  15. hollymag321 just Tweeted about your giveaway!! I already have your button and follow you. So, this is the next best thing!
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    Nora & Jim - Thanks for the interview. I always love to learn about the person behind the pen. Nora, I can't believe that I've read a book ahead of you. I didn't think that would ever happen. You must read Rooms, it is really a great read. Very thought provoking. I can't wait to read Book of Days.

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  17. This is one of the most incredible interviews I've read. I felt I was actually listening to this wonderful imaginative man's voice while he spoke. His words kept expanding with fascinating information that ran the gamut of his life; his father's, his Jesus, his books and how his imagination formed the excellent writings of his books. His interview and explanation of how he wrote each book caused my curiosity to raise higher with each word. I NEED to read all of his writings. I'm honored and satisfied with the blessings he left to think about. Thank you, Jim, for your giveaway gift and the chance to win your prize. I hope I win!

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  18. I am a follower.

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  19. My list of what I don't want to leave home without is nearly identical to yours. :)
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  20. I posted the details of this in/giveaway on Twitter.

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  21. I've posted on my blog about this iv/giveaway.

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  23. I am a follower of your blog! i loved your answer to writting for the Christian market. Do all in the Name of Jesus. i would love to win this book Marianne
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  24. Intriguing/interesting interview..makes me want to read The Book of Days.
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  27. Great interview. Would love to win a copy of this book.

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  28. I am following your blog

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  29. What an awesome interview Nora! I absolutely love the book My Heart-Christ's Home (I know Jim said pamphlet but I have the book) and cannot wait to see how it fits in Rooms. Thanks for the interview Jim.

    Gail Mundy

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  30. I also would go back to the days of Jesus because I would want to see my reaction to his teachings!
    Many thanks, Cindi
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  31. I follow your blog via Google Friend Connect...
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  32. "Tweet!"
    http://twitter.com/cmh512/status/27476419982397440.
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  33. Wow, you all make me feel wonderful.

    Very fun to read your comments.

    Appreciate the support so much,

    Jim

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  34. I like that your 3 things you don't want to be without is your family. I love my family also.
    Sounds like a great book.
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  35. One of my wishes would be to keep my boys young too (would that mean that I stay young also?) because the next step of transitioning them to college and onto their owns lives has been probably the most difficult step in all their years!

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  37. Tweeted.

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  38. I'm dealing with this personally as my Hubby has dementia. While we get some clear moments it is so very hard. I would like to read this book!

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  40. I follow on GFC

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  42. Thanks for this wonderful interview. I thoroughly enjoyed Rooms, especially since it was set in my home state - Oregon! Thanks for a chance to win!

    Ben

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  43. I am now a follower too!

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  44. fun choices for actors!
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  46. Find his interest in the Chronicles of Narnia from childhood interesting. joleehamlin [at] comcast [dot] net

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  47. follow you on gfc joleehamlin [at] comcast [dot] net

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  48. Please enter me in the drawing!
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  49. Wow! I love Christian Fiction and have never heard of these books before. The title immediately caught my eye. Plus, the cover is gorgeous! I'm going over to GoodReads right now to add this to my To Be Read List! Thanks for the interview!

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  51. Sounds like a great book - & a nice man!

    Blessings -

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  52. I'm a blog follower.

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  53. I am intriguied by this book! And THE CHAIR definately has an interesting concept to it.

    I would love to be entered. :) Thanks Nora!

    Email in my profile

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  54. Loved Rooms! Can't wait to read Book of Days.

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  55. I love this interview—it really captures Jim's essence. The comment about his 3 top things in life (wife, kids, laptop)-so true! I've had several conversations with Jim and in each one it's evident what brings him great joy. He's the real deal! I'd love to read this book-please enter me in the drawing. kathy (at) kathycarltonwillis (dot) com

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  56. I'm following your blog with google. Please add an extra chance in this book drawing. kathy (at) kathycarltonwillis (dot) com

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  57. Allison Wilson - ACFWFebruary 1, 2011 at 4:13 PM

    Hey, Jim? Can I share the time machine with you to see Jesus? :-) Until I see Him face-to-face at Home, that time in history is the one I'd want to witness as well. :-)

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  58. Thanks for the interview. I loved Jim's WOW moments about the lady who bought 12 copies and the one who was so excited to meet the author of Rooms. I must say that WOW was the feeling I got when reading Rooms. Very powerful message. Can't wait to read Book of Days.

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  59. I attached a link to your blog and mentioned the contest on our bookclub page on FB.

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  60. I believe I had already posted a comment, but this book really looks good. Interesting interview. Not sure if I need to go anywhere else.
    Barbara from Finding Hope Book Club

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