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Now let's revisit with novelist James L. Rubart, author of Soul’s Gate (Thomas Nelson, October 2012).
James L. Rubart is the best-selling, award winning author of Rooms, Book of Days, The Chair, and Soul’s Gate.
The University of Washington was somehow convinced to give him a degree in Broadcast Journalism back in the mid 80s. He was an on-air talent for a number of years before starting his own marketing firm.
During the day he runs Barefoot Marketing which helps businesses and authors make more coin of the realm.
He lives with his amazing wife and two sons in the Pacific Northwest and loves to dirt bike, hike, golf, take photos, and still thinks he’s young enough to water ski like a madman.
I don't know, Jim. You look pretty comfy on those skis to me.
Please tell us five random things we might not know about you.
-- I use too much creamer in my coffee. (Have to kill the coffee taste, you know?)
-- I used to be a semi-pro magician.
-- Contrary to popular opinion, I’m an introvert.
-- The fingers on my right hand were smashed when I was 1 ½ years old and was told they would never grow. Insert God’s miraculous healing here.
--I’m scared of heights. (Which made jumping out of an airplane at 10,000 feet very exciting.)
You are insane.
Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Soul's Gate.
“Every now and then we get a break from reality. A glimpse into the other world that is more real than the reality we live in 99 percent of our days. The Bible is about a world of demons and angels and great evil and even greater glory.”
What if you could travel inside another person’s soul? To battle for them. To be part of Jesus healing their deepest wounds. To help set them free to step boldly into their divinely designed future.
Thirty years ago that’s exactly what Reece Roth did. Until tragedy shattered his life and ripped away his future.
Now God has drawn Reece out of the shadows to fulfill a prophecy spoken over him three decades ago. A prophecy about four warriors with the potential to change the world . . . if Reece will face his deepest regret and teach them what he has learned.
They gather at a secluded and mysterious ranch deep in the mountains of Colorado, where they will learn to see the spiritual world around them with stunning clarity—and how to step into the supernatural.
Their training is only the beginning. The four have a destiny to pursue a freedom even Reece doesn’t fully fathom. But they have an enemy hell-bent on destroying them and he’ll stop at nothing to keep them from their quest for true freedom and the coming battle of souls.
Here’s what Publisher’s Weekly and RT Book Reviews have to say about Soul’s Gate:
Publisher’s Weekly: “Readers with high blood pressure or heart conditions be warned: this is a seriously heart-thumping and satisfying read that goes to the edge, jumps off, and “builds wings on the way down.”
RT Book Reviews made Soul’s Gate a Top Pick and says: “Rubart’s novel is enthralling and superlative. Truly a story about freedom from things that we hold onto, this tale will captivate readers and encourage a more active, dynamic spiritual life. The original plot and well-drawn characters elevate this book to “must read” status.”
And if you’re into book trailers, here’s a link to the one we did for Soul’s Gate: http://tinyurl.com/83sovl7
What is it about Reece that will make your readers care about him?
As you read above, Reece was taken out, and because of his wounding lived in the shadows for years. I think there’s a longing in each of us to step more fully into the light, to step into the destiny God has designed for us and free ourselves from the chains that hold us back. I think they’ll care about Reece’s journey back into the light because it might be their journey as well.
What would you say was the turning point in your path to becoming a published author?
In the spring of 2006 I got a rejection from my dream publisher—Thomas Nelson, who is now my publisher—and when I told my wife about it she said, “I guess at some point you’re going to have to decide if you’re a writer or not, no matter what anyone else ever says.”
In that moment I decided I was a writer no matter what. I believed.
And look what God had in mind for you. What a terrific bit of encouragement for writers struggling for that first contract.
What is the last novel you read that you would recommend?
The Reunion by Dan Walsh. It got extremely dusty in the airplane as I read this book. The novel went to the deep places in my heart. I loved it and did not want it to end.
Yes, Dan's books have moved me like that, too.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on edits on the sequel to Soul’s Gate, called Memory’s Door which releases summer 2013. After that I’ll start writing the third book in the trilogy. And I’m working with a co-author on a non-fiction book for writers called, Live Free, Write Free which is for writers who want to discover a way to access, and write, the deepest stories of their hearts.
Where else can readers find you online?
The book is available at fine book stores and for online purchase via the following buttons:
Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?
If Jesus showed up right now, in the flesh in front of you, what would you most want to hear from Him? What do you most need to hear from him?
Always great to be here with you, Trish!
Thanks, Jim, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Jim has offered to give a signed copy of his book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, November 1. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Jim's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.
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