Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Roger Bruner Stops by the Book Loft

Welcome back to the Barn Door Book Loft with Roger Bruner. Roger is sharing his newest release, Found in Translation, the story of spoiled eighteen-year-old Kim Hartlinger sent on a mission trip to a remote Mexican village where faith, obedience, and forgiveness intersect. This is the first novel in a brand-new series which will challenge the reader's faith and capture their heart as they get to know Kim and her new friends and witness their unforgettable journey.

What is the biggest benefit the reader will take away from reading your book?

The reality of Romans 8: 28. . .that God will work things out according to His plan for those who’re willing to follow it (Bruner translation).

What is the part of your book you personally like best? 

The epiphany that comes right at the end. Can't tell you any more than that without spoiling things for those of you who’ll read it. 

Who should read this book? 

Everyone, of course. (grinning) But, seriously, not just teen girls. Maybe not teen boys, though. No, there’s one exception to that, too; this is a great read for anyone who’s thinking about going or preparing to go on a mission trip. 

Are you working on anything now? 

I've been busy polishing up a couple of older manuscripts. Wherefore Art Thou Ramon? is a YA novel, and The Devil & Pastor Gus is actually more of satire and speculative fiction rolled into one—with a healthy dose of humor at the same time. I have ideas for at least two more ideas in the Altered Hearts series that Found in Translation is the first book of. (Lost in Dreams, the second book, comes out this summer or fall.) I'm trying to come up with something different for now, though—something that will transport me from edit mode back into create mode. I’m playing with something related to adoption; I’m adopted and my daughter is, too. 

What is your goal as a writer? 

Sure, I'd love to become a NY Times bestselling author—who wouldn’t?—but that's not what I pray for. My idea of success is reaching as many readers as possible and touching their lives in the way God desires. I’m looking forward to hearing about people being saved; learning to be more faithful; becoming more forgiving; feeling a God-call to a specific career, even if it's a secular one; and so many other possibilities.
I want to earn enough to make Barbour happy they invested in me (and to give my agent a reasonable return for his investment in me as well), but I’m not at all concerned about earning money from my writing. Most of my advance has gone towards marketing and writers conferences. 

What was your big break? 

When Kimberly Shumate was working at Harvest House, she fell in love with my writing, even though HH didn't publish the type of books I wrote. I periodically sent her a few pages of something I was working on to get her reaction. When I sent her fifteen pages of Found in Translation, she soon asked for the whole thing. By the end of that week, she had gotten Terry Burns of Hartline Literary to be my agent. If that wasn’t a God-thing, I don’t know what is. Although it took Terry a year to get a contract on Found in Translation, just having such a good agent made me feel that things were really going to start happening. And so they have. 

Do you prefer to write longhand, on a typewriter, or on a computer? 

Oh, definitely a laptop. In the manuscript I'm polishing right now, one teen girl who’s unfamiliar with typewriters is having a discussion with another about how to use the church office typewriter to send instant messages. The second girl responds by asking how to cut and paste on the typewriter. I no longer have one. And longhand? I don't think I have arthritis, but only a little bit of writing with an ink pen hurts—my eyes as much as my hand. Guess I should've become a doctor, huh? 

What are some of your hobbies? 

I’ve been playing guitar for about forty-five years, although my fingers don’t move as fast as they used to. I write Christian songs and record them at home in my little digital studio. The two songs referred to in Found in Translation are real, original songs of mine. Now that I’ve said all that, I have to admit I don’t do nearly as much with my music as I used to, though I play on the praise team at our 8:15 service and at our weekly nursing home ministry.

I love digital photography—both taking pictures and editing them. Along the same line is my love of web design. I do everything on my on website using straight HTML.

I enjoy going on short-term, volunteer mission trips. I’ve been to Australia, England, Wales, and Romania. My church helps to sponsor some churches in Nicaragua, so I hope to make it there sooner or later, too. But, believe it or not, one of my favorite hobbies is staying home. 

I suppose my most compelling hobby is reading. Fancy that! 

What's the one question that no one ever asks you and you wish they would? (With answer, please!) 

Q. Would you come do a book signing at the White House?
A. Is that Obama with one m or two?

Thank you for sharing your life with us, Roger!

Roger has been kind enough to offer a copy of Found in Translation to one lucky soul. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight posted yesterday AND today.

Roger can be found on his website http://rogerbruner.com and on twitter (RogerBruner) and on facebook (http://www.facebook.com/roger.bruner)


Anonymous said...

Good interview!
I'd like to win this book!

Anonymous said...

Awesome interview! Thanks for the chance to win :-)

Molly AT reviewsbymolly DOT com

CarlybirdK said...

I would love to win this book. Thank you!

Joanne Sher said...

Fun interview! Please enter me :)

Marianne said...

The more i read about Roger and his book, the more i WANT it. Thanks for the interviews, Shellie, Patty and Roger, and the chance to win this book. mitzi_wanham[at]yahoo[dot]com
marianne from Arizona

Charity said...

I would love to win this book:) Sounds very interesting! Thanks!


Linda said...

Your translation of Romans 8:28 is interesting. Because to show your love for the Lord is to obey His commands. You shed a whole different light on that verse.
Please enter me.

desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

noseinanovel said...

Interesting interview...I'm a little surprised though, at the lack of any mention of his co-author?

I'd still love to read this.


Shellie said...

Nose in Novel:), You are very right. This book was written in conjunction with Roger's daughter, Kristi Rae. Roger was kind enough to answer all the interview questions, but we are equally grateful for his daughters input into the story.

Thank you for the reminder!

Rita's Random Ramblings said...

Eager to read this one! Please enter me!

amber said...

Please enter me!!


Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Lady DragonKeeper said...

Sounds like an interesting book --you don't see a lot of male authors writing fiction aimed at teen girls --or actually, with teen female protagonists. Thank you for the chance to win. =)

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this great story...

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Cara Putman said...

This looks like a great book. One my daughter would enjoy!

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