Today we have the honor of speaking with James L Rubart. Jim claims to be a 28 years-old trapped inside an older man’s body. He thinks he’s still young enough to water ski like a madman and dirt bike with his two grown sons. He’s the best-selling, Christy BOOK of the YEAR, CAROL, INSPY
I was born in Seattle, went to college at the University of Washington, married my dream girl, and now live in eastern Washington. We have two outstanding adult sons and one outstanding daughter in law. (And three kittens, of course.)
Looks like good things do come in threes. :} What’s your favorite genre
Favorite genre to read is time travel. Favorite to write is visionary. I’ve always resonated with Toni Morrison’s idea that if there’s a story out there you want to read and it hasn’t been written, you need to write it. Favorite author is C.S. Lewis. He did it all, children’s, fiction, non-fiction, but more than that, he opened up my mind and heart in ways no one did before or has
What age did you realize you loved books?
I was an extremely active kid, loved the outdoors, loved sports and wasn’t into reading. But my mom forced me to read half an hour every night. Quickly that turned into me reading hours every night and reading under the covers with a flashlight so my mom would think I was asleep.
LOL… I think many of us used the “flashlight under the covers” trick. When did you start writing?
Thefirst real memory was seventh grade when I wrote a short story for my Englishclass and got an A on it. I was hooked!
Tell us about your latest novel, The Man He Never Was.
It’s a modern reimagining of the classic Dr.Jekyll and Mr. Hyde story. Here’s the back cover description:
What if You Woke up One Morning and the Darkest Parts of Yourself Were Gone?
Toren Daniels vanished eight months back, and his wife and kids have moved on—withmore than a little relief. Toren was a good man but carried a raging temperthat often exploded without warning. So when he shows up on their doorstep outof the blue, they’re shocked to see him alive. But more shocked to see he’schanged. Radically.
His anger is gone. He’s oddly patient. Kind. Fun. The man he always wanted to be. Toren has no clue where he’s been but knows he’s been utterly transformed. He focuses on three things: Finding out where he’s been. Finding out how
But then shards of his old self-start to rise from deep inside—like the man kicked out of the NFL for his fury—and Toren must face the supreme battle of his life.
That sounds exciting! What did you learn about yourself through writing it?
That the only way to win the war Paul describes in Romans chapter 7 is to die to myself, surrender fully, and step into the truth of who I am in Christ.
Is there a special place you like to write?
A few years ago I had a storage shed built and put on our property. I converted it into a writing room. It’s quiet, away from our home, cozy, and the perfect place to create stories.
What advice would you give a new author?
Buy a good pair of running shoes. Put them on. Sprint in the opposite direction. Just kidding. (Kind of.)The publication journey can be brutal, but if you can’t
What project are you working on now?
I’m finishing up my next novel, The Pages of Her Life which comes out next May. It’s the first story I’ve written where the protagonist
Where can we find your books?
Just about everywhere.Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books a Millions, CBD, LifeWay … and manybookstores.
How can people stay in touch with you?
And a special offer for your readers, if they email me, I’ll send them a link to download a free song I wrote inspired by my first novel, Rooms.