This post marks another installment of my “7 Questions With an Author…” series, where I ask published authors an unchanging set of questions and share their responses here.
Today’s featured author is Frank Viola.
His latest book is God’s Favorite Place and today is the LAST day to buy a copy of his book and get 25 free gifts.
Here are 7 Questions With an Author: Frank Viola.
1. Tell us about your book?
God’s Favorite Place on Earth is a hybrid of fiction and non fiction. Lazarus is an old man and he tells the story of when Jesus came to his hometown, Bethany, and the amazing things that took place there. When Jesus was on the earth, He was rejected everywhere He went . . . from Bethlehem, to Nazareth, to Jerusalem.
He, the Creator, was rejected from the womb to the tomb. The only exception was the little village of Bethany. In the book, I talk about how God wants a Bethany today … He wants each of us to be a Bethany for Him. A place to lay His head, in a world that largely rejects Him. In so doing, I deal with 18 specific struggles that we Christians face and how the Gospels answer them throughout the narrative.
2. What led you to write it?
The message in the book changed my life. The struggles came from my experience and the answers contained therein are found the narrative.
3. Who is a writer that inspires you and why?
T. Austin-Sparks. Forgotten, but he had amazing insight into Christ and God’s ultimate purpose in Him.
4. What was the biggest challenge you faced writing this book?
The dramatic parts where Lazarus is telling the story were difficult in places where I needed to “show” and not “tell.” I had the help of a NY Times best-selling fiction author, Eric Wilson, lend a hand in some of those difficult patches.
5. What advice would you give to an aspiring writer?
Start a blog and starting writing. Write, rewrite, and write some more. Listen to feedback. Read a lot. I explain how to start a blog in less than 10 minutes here: http://frankviola.org/2013/02/15/howtostartablog/
6. Where do you get your ideas?
In God’s Favorite Place on Earth, they came from the gospel stories of Jesus in Bethany. Add to that life-lessons and what older writers discovered in those texts. Of the 47 endorsements from Christian authors, some were NT scholars. They helped me with some of the history. They are all listed at http://GodsFavoritePlace.com
7. Anything that you’d like readers to know that I haven’t asked?
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