Monday, March 21, 2011

Roger Bruner's Found in Translation

Join me in welcoming Roger Bruner, author of Found in Translation. Roger worked as a teacher, job counselor, and programmer analyst before retiring to pursue his dream of writing Christian fiction full-time. A guitarist and songwriter, he is active in his church's choir, praise team, and nursing home ministry. Roger also enjoys reading, web design, mission trips, and spending time with his wonderful wife, Kathleen.

Tell us about your book. 

Kim Hartlinger—eighteen and spoiled—arrives on a mission trip to Mexico and discovers, to her chagrin, that she’ll be doing construction in a tiny remote village without plumbing and electricity, rather than evangelism in a medium-sized town with a McDonald’s. . . “Roughing it”  isn’t exactly what Kim had in mind when she signed up for this trip. As if that isn’t enough, the group is without a translator, and Kim’s “dual-language” Bible turns out to be Spanish-only. After breaking her arm the first morning on the job, Kim struggles to find a way to help her team and share the truth of God’s Word with the villagers. Will Kim be able to touch the villagers’ hearts with the Gospel? Or will her time in Mexico be up before she gets the chance? 

Who did you write your book for?

Even though my market is teen girls, I can't say I wrote it for them any more than Harper Lee wrote To Kill a Mockingbird for children. But because most of my characters are eighteen, Found in Translation had to be marketed as young adult. This book is probably my wife's favorite of my eight or nine manuscripts, half of which are contemporary women's fiction. 

If you weren't a writer, what would you be? 

Still on the register at Target, very frustrated, and counting the days till I turned sixty-five. (Laughing.) 

What's the best piece of advice you ever had on writing?  

James Scott Bell looked at a previous version of Found in Translation and protested that I hadn't even started with a scene, much less a hook. I ended up lopping off my beloved first fifty pages and creating a more captivating beginning. If I hadn't done that, I'm sure Found would still be unpublished—and unpublishable. 

What are you reading right now?

Believe it or not, I just finished Found in Translation. It was wonderful to hold it in my hands and know I couldn't make any more corrections, no matter how tempting.  I received three or four books for Christmas, though, and I alternate among them according to what room I’m in at the moment. They include Jim Rubart's new book, Book of Days; Bobby Weaver's If It Weren't for Us Christians (There'd be More Christians); and Marketing Lessons from the Grateful Dead. 2010 marked my second year in a row of reading straight through the Bible. I've tabled the Koran (I think every Christian needs to become at least slightly familiar with it) for now, as well as Frankenstein; Mary Shelly's style is too different from the way things are written today to make it an enjoyable read. I have a couple of writing books I’m reading, too; Jeff Gerke's Plot vs. Character is terrific, and Save the Cat! is a screenwriting book—I have no interest in doing screenwriting myself—every novelist should read. 

How does your wife feel about your writing career?  

My wife, Kathleen, is wonderfully supportive of my writing. Without her encouragement, I couldn't have retired at sixty-two to write full-time. She's an avid reader and a wonderful editor. I often bounce ideas off her while we Walk Away the Pounds with Leslie Sansone (with Leslie muted, of course).

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 today AND tomorrow. So stop by tomorrow and learn a more about Roger and Found in Translation. (He's going to tell us the one question he wishes someone would ask him...and he'll answer it.)

Roger can be found on his website and on twitter (RogerBruner) and on facebook (


CarlybirdK said...

I have heard good things about this book. Please enter me in the giveaway. Thank you!

By the way, I love Walk Away the Pounds!

noseinanovel said...

I have been wanting to read this since I first heard about it - the mission trip aspect reminds me a bit of Melody Carlson's "Who I Am."

Please enter me :)

Joanne Sher said...

This sounds good. PLEASE enter me :)

Joanne Troppello said...

Sounds like a very good book!

Anonymous said...

Looks like a very good read!

Marianne said...

Thanks so much for giving me a chance to win this book! i like that it is a missionary story. mitzi_wanham[at]yahoo[dot]com
Marianne from Arizona

Shellie said...

Definitely worth the read! Make sure to enter tomorrow, too.

Linda Kish said...

Sounds great. Count me in please.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Books about missionaries are interesting to me because I know several missionary families, and an insight into what missionaries go through would be a great read. Thanks for offering the book to us!


Anonymous said...

Books about missionaries are interesting to me because I know several missionary families, and an insight into what missionaries go through would be a great read. Thanks for offering the book to us!


Charity said...

Sounds like a neat book:) Please enter me. Thanks!!


Anonymous said...

I really love the trailer! And the post was awesome.

Molly AT reviewsbymolly DOT com

Linda said...

Since you are a man who goes on missions trips, there should be a great amount of personal experience in this book. Since I'm physically unable to go, this helps me understand the issues missionaries go through. Helps the prayer life. Please enter me.

desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

Rita's Random Ramblings said...

Enter me! Want to read this one!

amber said...

please enter me!!


Lady DragonKeeper said...

I like hearing about how authors came into their field ... I wish Mr. Bruner much success in his "second career" here. =)

Thanks for the chance to win!

karenk said...

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

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Cara Putman said...

I'd love to get this for my daughter.

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