Wednesday, December 29, 2010

with Jim Rubart

Welcome to The Book Loft, Jim!
What started you on your writing journey?

My mom. She forced me to read (I was one of those boys who lived for sports and being outside) and once I started I was hooked. (Thanks, Mom!) I devoured books from the time I was eight and have never stopped. I knew I wanted to try to do for others what authors had done for me—sweep people into others worlds that captured their minds and hearts.

What distracts you from writing the easiest?
It's probably easier to describe what doesn't distract me. Um, nothing. I love writing more than anything else once I sit down with my laptop and start, but it's often a challenge to quiet that voice that says, "What do you think you're doing? You're not fooling anyone, you can't write."

I think that's true of most things in life. And it's a clue as to what we should be doing. The thing that puts up the most resistance? That's likely what we should be pressing into.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
Everything. Fiction, non-fiction, magazines, I enjoy it all. But lately I've had little time to read for pleasure between reading other author's books for endorsement, and working on my own stories. Yes, I have a plan to change that!

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote?
Taylor Stone, one of my main secondary characters. Why? Because he's a fascinating mixture of kindness and gruffness. And I slowly came to find out (as readers will) the reason he's gruff is because of a very old, very dark secret hidden deep inside him. I wanted to know that secret.

If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
Bright, energetic rock and roll.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
Jumped out of an airplane at 10,000 feet even though I'm terrified of heights. I figured do what you fear and you conquer the fear. Didn't work. It was a rush, but I'm not ready to do it again quite yet.

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
Yes. But it fascinates me that those are often the things that once we push through and do them give us the greatest sense of accomplishment. I truly believe our wrestle is not against flesh and blood but principalities that want to thwart us from our destiny. In His strength we can push through.

What's your favorite meal with family and friends?
Artichokes dipped in butter, crab legs, sourdough bread and an apple, pear, and walnut salad. Simple and delicious.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
I think freedom is the greatest longing of our hearts so I like to write about issues that keep people from living lives of freedom and write about ways people can step into more freedom.

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.
Matt 6:19 – 21 "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
This visit on earth is short. As the character Maximus says in the movie Gladiator, "What we do in life, echoes in eternity." I think it more than echoes. When we arrive I think we'll see it was and is more real than anything we did on earth.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
It's called The Chair and will release in October 2011. It's about a young antiques store owner who is forced to confront his greatest fears and greatest failure
when he’s given an artifact that might be a legendary healing chair made by Jesus Christ.

Thanks so much for having me, Patty!

Thanks for being with us, Jim!
You can purchase Book of Days from Amazon.

Jim is giving away a copy of Book of Days AND his first novel, Rooms. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


Joanne Sher said...

Book of Days sounds SO good. And I have someone I can give "Rooms" to if I win it hehe. Please enter me.

CarlybirdK said...

I loved Rooms and Book of Days sounds like it will be just as good. I would love to win a copy. Thank you.

Charity said...

Somehow I keep getting comment #3:) Would love to be entered in this giveaway. Thanks!


Maureen said...

I really would like to read this book...Thanks for the chance.


Tori said...

Sounds like great reads!!

James L. Rubart said...

Thanks for the support all!

And thanks for having me, Patty.


Meredith said...

Please enter me! Thanks for the giveaway!

meredithfl at gmail dot com

karenk said...

would enjoy reading this novel very much...thanks for the chance :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

karenk said...

i'm a email subscriber :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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