Episode 045 – James L Rubart is an author of contemporary fiction where some fantastical things happen.
- James L Rubart writes contemporary fiction where fantastical things happen – novels that will challenge and inspire you to freedom. You will be amazed by James’ story of how his wife’s fasting determined he was to write – to be a novelist – even though he had very little experience. He learned the craft by reading books and by trial and error. After a six-year process, his first book, Rooms, was done, at 148,000 words! You’ll cringe at his story of hearing from one editor and the editor’s in-your-face reaction, and how this affected his writing. His next step was going to the Mt. Hermon Christian Writers Conference and then to a writing clinic by Cecil Murphey – both instrumental in his writing journey. An agent followed and Rooms became a best-seller. His admission on why he writes what he does is good advice for any writer. He encourages aspiring writers to ask the “What if?” sentence as they develop their writing ideas and shares why that simple question is important. James takes us through the process of developing the ideas for his books, how he makes the ideas unique, and why he wrote them. You’ll smile as he describes why his writing process is like having ADD. He talks about how he builds characters in his novels and how writing is not hard but is exhausting. Hearing James talk about his passion for why he writes will encourage you to define your personal passion statement. He shares the what if statement for his next book – and it’s not your standard book. James writes unique and challenging books that make people think. He takes his writing to the next level by attending conferences, developing friendships with other writers, and continuing to read books on the craft. James shares great advice in this interview; his challenge of just getting in the chair to write, not to compare yourself to others, and his definition of success.
- Contemporary fiction where some fantastical things happen (James’ definition).
- Five Times I Met Myself, Rooms, Book of Days, The Chair, and the Well Springs Novel Series: Spirit Bridge, Soul’s Gate, and Memory’s Door.
My Writing Obstacles
- I had very little writing experience. I learned from books and by trial and error. After a series of brutal communications with an editor, I stopped reading fiction and stopped writing. I hit a stage where I had to make a choice to give up or not. Do not give in to discouragement. Do not give up.
My Writing Motivation
- Contracts and their deadlines are motivation. But I would still write, even if I was never going to publish anything again. I have to breathe, I have to write.
The Most Important Thing I Learned About Writing
- The most important thing I learned about writing is to go deep. Do not be afraid of going deep. You have to be willing to jump into those emotions you never wanted to confront.
What is My Passion as a Writer
- My passion as a writers is to see people say, “I am that character. I am just like him. And now that I’ve seen what happens to that character and now that you’ve shown me what has happened and what can happen, it has given me the courage to step into a freedom I haven’t known before. That’s the passion. I want to see people set free.”
What Are Your Favorite Ways to Market Your Books?
- It’s not efficient, but I love the one-on-one with people that I meet at writing conferences, bookstores, and in the community. A book is that kind of one-on-one experience. It’s connecting with them. That said, the best way to market your book is to write a great book – because 80% of the sales of a book come from word of mouth. You book is a very thick brochure for your next book!
What Do You Want to be Remembered for as an Author?
- I want to be remembered as an author that sets people free.
My Most Difficult Writing Challenge
- My most difficult challenge is just getting in the chair.
The Best Advice on Writing I Ever Received
- You have to elevate your craft not just to good, you’ve got to elevate it to great to get published. And to get people to read it, it has to be great.
My Best Advice for Struggling Writers
- Do not compare. Compare yourself to yourself.
What Writing Success Means to Me
- My definition of success as a writer is this. With the gifting and abilities that God has given you – did you try? That’s it. If you have tried, that’s multiplication.
My Favorite Book on Writing
- Stephen King’s On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft.
The Author That Inspires Me
- My favorite author is C.S. Lewis. He was the first author I really immersed myself in.
How To Find Me
About James from His Amazon Author’s page
- James L. Rubart is the best-selling and Christy award winning author of Rooms, Book of Days, The Chair, Spirit Bridge, Soul’s Gate, and Memory’s Door. He’s also a professional speaker and owner of Barefoot Marketing which helps businesses and authors make more coin of the realm.
- In his free time he dirt bikes, hikes, golfs, takes photos, and occasionally does sleight of hand. No, he doesn’t sleep much. He lives with his amazing wife and two sons in the Pacific Northwest and still thinks he’s young enough to water ski like a madman.
From My Perspective
- The From My Perspective segment of the show talks about writing “bad books,” and how these are becoming more common and how it affects our writing. The idea for the segment comes from a blog post by Cindy Dees about Real Talk About Why Most Authors Won’t Succeed. Check out Cindy’s blog at the link provided.
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