Monday, January 14, 2013

BTS Presents "The Village of God" by Frederick E. Hosen Author Interview

A village appears where only days before there had been uninhabited rain forest.

When the village's existence comes to the attention of two Christian missionary organizations, one Protestant and the other Catholic, both send missionaries intent on convincing the villagers to attend their churches. And the battle for salvation ensues.

What are the missionaries willing to do to win the "war?" And is there something they don't know about the villagers that could scuttle their efforts?

Today I am interviewing Frederick E. Hosen, author of Village of God.  This is part of a blog tour presented by BTS.

Qs & As  Fred Hosen/The Village of God

1Q. When did you first realize that you wanted to become an author?

1A. I don’t think that there was a point in time that I thought of becoming an author.  It was more of a gradual increase in the desire to write, to create a story, and hope that something might be published.

2Q. What is your normal schedule when you are writing?

2A. There is no particular schedule that I follow when I’m writing.  It’s not that I couldn’t follow a schedule, but I’m not inclined to be that disciplined.  My approach is to work on whatever writing project I undertake in a focused but relaxed manner.

3Q. Where do you get your ideas for your stories?

3A. I get ideas from a couple of sources.  The first source would be my own experiences without being autobiographical.  Another is to utilize something that I’m interested in.  The Village of God would be an example.  In that story I used the work of dedicated missionaries, the concept of competition, and the Amazon rain forest.

4Q. When you are not writing, how do you occupy your time?

4A. I’m retired, but not from writing.  On a typical day, when not writing, I will read (books, newspapers, magazines, web sites) for four hours, exercise (walk etc.) for one hour, and watch something on TV for two to three hours.

5Q. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?

5A. As a child I was so busy playing that I never thought about growing up.  Some people would argue that I still haven’t.  Perhaps the creative spark comes from a child-like mind.

6Q. What does your family think of your writing?

6A. My wife is always surprised when I complete a writing project, especially when it’s published.  She will edit my work and assist in proofreading. For the most part the rest of my family is similar to the Bible verse in the book of Matthew which reads, “A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house.”

7Q. What is your advice to anyone who is thinking of becoming a writer?

7A. Persevere, but don’t give up your day job.  Also, expect and accept rejection.

8Q. Who are you favorite authors?  Why did you choose them?

8A. John Steinbeck deals clearly with the human condition.
    Agatha Christie is a very concise writer – doesn’t waste words.
    Frederick Forsyth moves the story along.
    Hans Christian Andersen simply depicts human nature.
    Charles Dickens is the master of the writing craft.


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