Today I have the pleasure of welcoming an acquaintance of mine, James L. Rubart. It's great to have you here, Jim. Can you tell us how you developed a love of story?
I was one of those kids with boundless energy that would stay outside playing till midnight if my parents would let me. My mom encouraged my sports, and love of adventure, but she also understood the world’s books could open for me. So she forced me to read for half an hour every night. I soon fell madly in love with reading and would have a flashlight under the covers, reading books till my mom would come in for 3rd or fourth time and make me go to sleep. So I’ve loved story from a young age.
Chuckle. I had a son who was full of energy too. :) Do you have a favorite scene in your newest release?
Great question. I voice the audio versions of my novels due to my background in broadcasting and voice work. I recently finished the audio version and toward the end of the novel made myself cry. I’d been away from the book for a while so I surprised myself, but made me feel good. If I can get to my own heart with my story, there’s a good chance I can get to my reader’s. I want them to feel like they’re the character, and in The Long Journey to Jake Palmer, I think I’ve done it.
Wow, it must be some incredible scene. How does your faith and spirituality work in with your writing?
I don’t think about it at all. I’m definitely in the camp that says, “I’m not a Christian author, I’m an author who is a Christian. I don’t try to write faith-based fiction, I simply write the story that is bouncing around my head and I can’t let go of. But since the things I’m most passionately interested in are relational and spiritual, those elements—at least so far—have wound up in all my novels.
Your faith spills over into everything you do. I get that. What do you plan to work on next?
I’m developing a new story for HarperCollins Christian Publishing and also starting to brainstorm for my first indie book, which is going to be a series co-written with a friend, and based on what we’ve developed so far, should be a new way of publishing indie fiction. I’m pretty excited about it.
I look forward to hearing more about both of them. What is the genre you write?
I don’t know. No one does. Actually, that’s not true, my genre is called Slipstream, but few know what that is. Essentially I write contemporary stories where fantastical things happen from time to time. When people ask what I write, I usually tell say, “Let me tell you what my first novel is about. It’s about a young Seattle software tycoon who inherits a home on the Oregon coast that turns out to be a physical manifestation of his soul.”
People either go, “Wow, that’s cool!” or, “Uh, that’s a little too out there for me. But at least they get a flavor of the kind of books I write.
LOL. You have me intrigued. :) What is one thing you hope readers will take away from your story?
Freedom. I have two goals with my stories. First, I want readers to be wildly entertained, second, I want them to walk away with greater freedom than they came into my story with. Many readers tell me they keep thinking about my stories months and even years after they read them, because a few of the ideas are helping them live with more freedom. I love that!
You definitely have convinced me to pick up one of your books and check it out. What advice would you give to new authors?
Get a really good pair of running shoes. Put them on. Sprint in the opposite direction from writing. That’s only a semi-humorous answer. Writing is hard. Really hard. But those who can’t not write stand a really good chance of making an impact, because most people give up. So don’t! You can do it!
Great words of advice. Where can readers connect with you?
Best place is my website where friends can sign up for my newsletter, which I send out with encouragement for my readers as well as updated on my writing and life. I love connecting with my readers. https://www.jamesLrubart.com james@jamesLrubart.com
Here's a teaser for the book:
What if there was a place where everything wrong in your life could be fixed?
Corporate trainer Jake Palmer coaches people to see deeper into themselves—yet he barely knows himself anymore. Recently divorced and weary of the business life, Jake reluctantly agrees to a lake-house vacation with friends, hoping to escape for ten days.
When he arrives, Jake hears the legend of Willow Lake—about a lost corridor that leads to a place where one’s deepest longings will be fulfilled.
Jake scoffs at the idea, but can’t shake a sliver of hope that the corridor is real. And when he meets a man who mutters cryptic speculations about the corridor, Jake is determined to find the path, find himself, and fix his crumbling life.
But the journey will become more treacherous with each step Jake takes.
Thanks for stopping by today, Jim. It's been a pleasure.
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