Solutions June 2016 - Page 20

a beautiful wood-hewn lair, complete with a custommade horseshoe desk, smack dab in the center of Colorado, with 360° mountain views where I am wholly unable to claim lack of inspiration. Kelinda: I’ve heard you say that you treat writing as if it is a business no different than any other. Have you ever had writer’s block? If so, how have you pushed through it and made deadlines? Jerry: What I mean by saying that writing is a business no different than any other is that I treat it as my job – which it is. No other profession is allowed the conceit of “worker’s block,” so how dare I? Imagine a teacher, lawyer, doctor, assembly line worker, or any other laborer calling their boss in the morning to say they can’t come in because they’re suffering from worker’s block. They’d be told to never come in again and laughed off the phone. I’m not saying there aren’t days when a writer doesn’t feel like writing, but there’s always work to do. I plant my seat in that chair and do something. Kelinda: Have any other book ideas brewing in your head at present? Jerry: Always. I wrote a nonfiction book last year with the manager of the St. Louis baseball Cardinals, Mike Matheny (The Matheny Manifesto / A Young Manager’s Old-School Views On Success in Sports and Life) which became a New York Times bestseller. We’d like to do a trilogy of fiction for kids, based on those same principles. Kelinda: I meet many pastors and leaders who say, “I have a book or two in me, if I just had the time to write it.” What would be your response to them? Jerry: With all due respect, I have a sermon or two in me, if I just had the time to preach them. Seriously, I would urge them to find a writer, because they will find that it takes a lot more than time to write a good book, just like it would take me a lot more than time to preach a decent sermon. Naturally, there are pastors who are excellent writers (Max Lucado, Chuck Swindoll, and Erwin Lutzer immediately come to mind), and there are writers who are excellent speakers. But the mediums really are different. Kelinda: What is one great piece of advice you can give an aspiring writer? Jerry: Don’t make the mistake of starting your writing career with a book, any more than you would start your educational career in graduate school when you should be going to kindergarten. Start with shorter things. Learn the craft, hone your skills, develop the ability to work with an editor, and arrive at a book. Kelinda: When you’re not writing, what do you enjoy doing? Jerry: I’m a voracious reader, but my ultimate priority is family. Dianna and I have been deliriously happily married for more than 45 years. We have three grown sons, two daughters-in-law, and eight grandchildren, the last three adopted. We spend as much time with our family as humanly possible. Kelinda: That is wonderful! Well, I want you to know that we are truly excited about your new book release, and we will be encouraging our readers to pick up their copy at a local bookstore! Get your copy of The Valley of the Dry Bones at Amazon.com or at your local bookstore today! 20 SMG Solutions