|Do your characters just enter your stories?
They do. Christy (my wife) laughs at me because...I don't know if you read my first book but there's a character in there named Bryce who's an eccentric. She now says that Bryce lives in an annex on the side of our house along with several of the other characters of my books.
How are things progressing on the Hallmark movie, The Dead Donít Dance?
I received an e-mail and a phone call last month from my agent saying the producer of Hallmark had cancelled production on the movie of The Dead Donít Dance and are releasing the rights back to me. I donít know why, I may never know why. When I received the phone call I told Christy, ďI didn't make it happen and I can't make it not happen.Ē It gets laid at the Lord's feet and let Him do with it as He will.
Do you have a blind brother-in-law in your background?
Are you referring to Charlie? No I donít have a blind brother-in-law. If you look at my books there's almost always a sort of a unique and eccentric character. I did some work on what it is like to be blind.
Will there be a sequel to When Crickets Cry?
I have no plans for it at the moment.
When I finished writing The Dead Don't Dance, I had no intention of writing a sequel. Then a year went by and I'd spoken to enough groups and interviews where people kept asking me what happens to different characters and so I wrote a proposal to my publisher which they accepted.
Whatís the name of the sequel?
When does Maggie release?
Maggie releases next September.
What is your favorite scripture verse?
Isaiah 61:1-3 (NIV)
Do you prefer to write contemporary fiction?
I do best when I speak from the experience of here and now.
What are some of the challenges you face as an author?
The pragmatic challenge is to find a quiet place to write in a house with three boys. I've always been an early riser but when I'm really working on a book, like in the last couple of weeks, it is not unusual for me to wake up at 2:00 or 3:00 and work until 7:00am, wake the boys up, get them breakfast, take them to school come back work till noon and then I'm pretty much cooked.
Then there's always the craft side of it, the skill side. Every writer says this who's written for awhile, "The more I write the less I know. The harder it becomes." That statement stuck with me and has proven to be true.
How long did it take you to complete When Crickets Cry?
Nineteen months. That's the longest it's taken me to write a book yet.
Has the Bill Frist biography been released?
Yes, it came out last February and it's called Healing America.
Do you prefer to write fiction or non-fiction?
Does non-fiction get me out of bed in the morning? No. That's not my cup of tea. I loved doing it because Bill Frist is a phenomenal human being and I have a great deal of respect for him. It would take another story like his to get me to write it. Fiction is the thing that I daydream about. It's the thing that wakes me up at 2 a.m.