Rolling Thunder, Truth Chasers Series #1Rolling Thunder, Truth Chasers Series #1
Mark Mynheir
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Follow the crime-busting truth-seeking exploits of three investigators from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement! In Rolling Thunder, you'll meet lead detective John Russell, who's working a high-profile missing-person case when a strange and evil visitor appears at his home. It's John's father---and his mother's murderer. Can John grant forgiveness before his father dies? Henderson, Blackstock, and Dekker fans will love this new series! 350 pages, softcover from Multnomah.
     

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Mark Mynheir
Micah 6:8(NIV) "He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."
Our Interview with Mark Mynheir
How did you get started as a writer?

Well, I had absolutely no interest in writing before I became a Christian. As a matter of fact, I dropped out of high school when I was seventeen and joined the Marines. School work, reading, and writing were always so difficult for me, and I never knew why. It wasnít until later in life that I discovered I have dyslexia, which helped explain why I struggled so much in school.

I became a Christian in 1993 after God miraculously healed my son from a life-threatening illness. I started reading the Bible and books about the Bible. For the first time in my life, I enjoyed reading.

As I was growing as a young Christian, I felt God leading me to write. It didnít make sense to me at the time because the written word had been my enemy for as long as I could remember. I shared what I was feeling with my wife, and she encouraged me. I had to take a year and a half of College prep classes just to start taking regular credited course work, but I plugged along. After I wrote my first book, I took it to a Christian writerís conference. Although it was never published, I got some good reviews.

I was hooked after that.

Have you lived anywhere outside of Florida?

I spent my childhood in Florida and Colorado. When I was in the Marines, I lived in Camp Pendleton, California. I traveled a lot in the Marines, but it wasnít the touristy kind of travel, if you know what I mean.

How did you choose the location?

Florida is a very diverse state. Because I was born and raised here, I know the state and its culture well and felt it would be the best location for the series.

How many books will be in the Truth Chasers series?

Three.

Do you plan to write strictly Suspense and Intrigue?

Right now, yes. I have some other ideas bouncing around in my head so you never know.

What are some of the challenges you face as an author?

Discipline and time management. Time is my biggest obstacle because my police schedule is so varied and difficult. There are a lot of times when Iím working 50 and 60 hour weeks. I have three small children and a wife that actually enjoys my presence. Sheís good about helping me find the time. But it can be tough.

As far as the discipline goes, like many writers, I just have to force myself to sit down and write. Some days are easier than others.

How long did it take you to complete Rolling Thunder?

One year. Multnomah was gracious enough to give me a year between each book.

Do you plan to continue to have both a writing career and a police enforcement career?

Iím going to continue with both for now. I sense God leading me in the direction of writing and speaking full time, but I donít want to be premature on that. Iíve had a really good law enforcement career, and I still enjoy the work. When I feel that God wants me to write and speak full time, and itís not just what I want to do, then Iíll take that plunge.

How much research did Rolling Thunder take?

Very little. I wrote most of Rolling Thunder from experience.

How did you come up with thunder as an issue?

While listening to a Focus on The Family broadcast several years ago, Dr. Dobson spoke about a forty year old man who had a paralyzing fear of thunder because of the abuse he suffered from his father. I wondered what that man must be like. How did he live? Did he ever reconcile? I inserted a lot of the other elements as I went along. But thatís where the idea came from.

Do you know somebody that resembles the father?

No one person in particular. Heís more of a composite of people Iíve known through the years. I weaved the different traits into his personality.

Who is your favorite character?

Tim is my fun character. Heís a former marine and a bit of a joker. He was a blast to write because I considered him my alter-ego. Heís going to play a much larger role in the second book.

How personal is Rolling Thunder?

I donít know how you can write a novel thatís not personal. The exact situations might not have happened to me, but I certainly use the thoughts, feelings, and emotions of my experiences in the story.

At times when I was writing this, I laughed out loud. There were times when I cried. I think to truly touch readers you have to be genuine with your feelings and pour them onto the pages.

What other projects do you have on the horizon?

Iíve got eight or nine stories outlined. I want to write some humor and maybe a first person novel down the road. Iím going to see where this goes and pray a lot about it. Iíve done speaking engagements, too, and really enjoyed that. Iím waiting to see what this year brings and search out Godís direction.

What is the title of the second book in the Truth Chasers Series?

"From the Belly of the Dragon."

How did you come up with the name ďTruth Chaser?Ē

My purpose in writing novels is to reveal Godís truth through fiction, so the Truth Chasers series kind of dovetailed into the vision I had for the series.

Who is the person who most influenced your writing?

Other than Jesus, who I believe placed the writing bug in my heart, I would have to say my wife, Lori. Iíve married the greatest lady in the world. Sheís supported me in everything Iíve ever wanted to do, no matter how nutty the idea. Sheís my best friend and the love of my life. Iím a blessed man.

What were your favorite books as a child?

I read only one book before I became a Christian: The Hobbit. I enjoyed it, but it was tough reading for me then. My favorite novel as an adult is To Kill a Mockingbird. Itís beautiful and timeless.

What message would you like your readers to take away from Rolling Thunder?

The depth and breadth of true forgiveness. As Christians, I sometimes think we give too much lip service to the word without surrendering ourselves to the concept of unconditional forgiveness.

What is your goal or mission as a Christian writer?

Reveal Truth through fiction. I want to touch people in a real and intimate way with the knowledge of Jesus Christ. I believe Godís called me to do it through writing fiction.

What is your favorite verse from the Bible?

Micah 6:8, NIV. When I get all crazy with theology and trying to understand Godís purpose in my life, I always fall back on that scripture. It keeps me sane.

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