Concluding our three-part interview with novelist Randy Singer, author of The Judge Who Stole Christmas, Self Incrimination, Directed Verdict and many other popular legal thrillers. In addition to his duties as a novelist, Singer is also a trial attorney who serves as Chief Counsel for the North American Mission Board, as President of FamilyNet Television, and on the Board of Legal Advisors for the American Center for Law and Justice, a public service law firm that defends religious freedom both in the United States and abroad.
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Q: What advice do you have for aspiring writers?
RS: Two things. First, write the story God has given you. Don't let others talk you out of it. If it burns inside you, write it down. I think aspiring writers often try to write a story that will satisfy others rather than writing the story God gave them.
Second, keep writing. When the rejections started coming for my first book, I started writing my second one. The God of the pen is also the God of the publisher. If it's His will, He will see to it that you get published in His timing and with the company of His choice. Your job is to keep writing.
Q: What is the one aspect of God you most hope your readers will take away after reading one of your books?
RS: I write legal thrillers and I want my readers to see Christ as our advocate. "But if anybody does sin, we have One who speaks to the Father in our defense -- Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world." 1 John 2:1-2.
Q: What one thing about writing do you wish non-writers would understand?
How long it takes to write a good book. That way, I could avoid:
Q: "Great book, when's your next one coming out?"
A: "Next year."
Q: "Next year?!"
And then I get "the look," that says if I wasn't such a slacker I'd have another book ready next month.
Q: What one thing about writing do you wish other writers would understand?
RS: We don't have to blindly follow rules of convention. This is especially true for fiction writers. Creativity sometimes demands that we do things differently than other writers have done them in the past. Go for it.
Q: For the writer promoting his or her book, what do you consider the BEST thing he or she could do to promote it?
RS: Develop a message consistent with the book and then pursue every avenueto get that message heard. God has given you the gift of writing. With it comes the stewardship obligation to spread the message conveyed by the book. Don't be shy about speaking engagements that relate to your book. Get out among your readers. Personify the message at the heart of your book.
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Many thanks to Mr. Singer. Visit him online at his official site. Purchase The Judge Who Stole Christmas or Self Incrimination at Amazon or at many other fine retailers.
Randy Singer, Pt. 1
Randy Singer, Pt. 2