Tuesday, April 12, 2011

with Fred Warren

Welcome to the Barn Door Book Loft, Fred!
What started you on your writing journey?

I’ve always enjoyed playing around with words, and I liked writing stories and essays in school. When I got to college, I began writing more creatively as a sort of recreation, to relieve stress, but I kept it mostly to myself. I realized after I became a father and my kids started to grow up that I couldn’t keep writing solely for my personal amusement--stories are meant to be shared.

What distracts you from writing the easiest?
Our dogs. We have three, and it’s hard to get more than 10 minutes without interruption when they’re in the house.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
I enjoy science fiction and fantasy, and I like a good mystery every once in a while. I participate in the Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy Blog Tour every month, which gives me a chance to read new books from up-and-coming Christian writers. I post my reviews of those and other books I’ve read and enjoyed on my website at http://frederation.wordpress.com/book-reviews/

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote?
It was interesting to watch Stan, the hero of my story, grow from a frustrated guy with dreams bigger than his talent into a true leader who understood the proper source of his inspiration and creativity. I enjoy seeing ordinary people confront extraordinary situations and come out better and stronger for the experience.

If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
Probably something by Weird Al Yankovic.

What is your strangest habit?
I talk to myself. Actually, it’s more like I have extended arguments with myself. I usually win.

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
Yes. Death, taxes, and lawn care are my top three.

What's your favorite meal with family and friends?
My lovely wife makes killer chicken enchiladas. It’s her mother’s recipe, and it’s a family secret, so I can’t share it. Sorry.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
Love, courage, self-sacrifice, and redemption. Just about every really good story I’ve ever read has those four themes in play.

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.
I had Jeremiah 9:23-24 inscribed on my college ring. It helps me keep my priorities in order and takes me down a notch when I get a little full of myself.
This is what the LORD says: 
 “Let not the wise boast of their wisdom
 or the strong boast of their strength
 or the rich boast of their riches,
but let the one who boasts boast about this:
 that they have the understanding to know me,
that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness,
 justice and righteousness on earth,
 for in these I delight,” declares the LORD

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
Right now, I’m polishing the manuscript for The Seer, the sequel to The Muse, which should see publication near the end of 2011, if everything stays on track. We catch up with Stan and his friends five years later. They’re trying to put the past behind them, but some secrets refuse to stay hidden, and now Stan’s daughter Hannah is having disturbing visions of the future. There’s danger ahead--can her window into the future help them avoid it?
I think it’s a fun story, a little different from the first book. The Muse was about inspiration, creativity, and the love between a husband and wife. The Seer is about dreams, destiny, and trust between a father and daughter.

You can purchase The Muse from Amazon.

Fred is giving away a copy of The Muse. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


Anonymous said...

This book sounds really good!

Linda Kish said...

This sounds like an interesting story.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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