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Monday, May 27, 2019

James L. Rubart and Free Books!

The Pages of Her Life is the story of a woman who stands up for everyone else in her life but hasn't ever truly done it for herself; until now.

Before we chat with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of On a Summer Tide, by Suzanne Fisher, is:


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And now let's revisit novelist James L. Rubart, author of The Pages of Her Life (HarperCollins Christian Publishing, May 2019).

Jim, how would you classify the genre of your new novel?

Tough question! No one really knows (not even me). My publisher and agent say I’ve created my own genre, which makes my stories unique, but often hard to describe. The closest definition is a genre called Slipstream, which essentially says, “Contemporary fiction where fantastical things often happen.”

I love that--it's good to know publishers are willing to allow authors to step outside standard genre boundaries.

Now for a bit more about Jim:

James L. Rubart is 28 years old, but lives 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, and loves to send readers on journeys they'll remember months after they finish one of his stories.

He's the best-selling, Christy Book of the Year, INSPY, and RT Book Reviews award-winning author of ten novels as well as a professional speaker, audio book narrator, the co-host of the Novel Marketing podcast, and the owner of The Rubart Writing Academy.

Jim lives with his amazing wife on a small lake in eastern Washington.

Please tell us one random thing we might not know about you.

I’m a scuba diver and love sleight of hand magic.

I feel like I've maybe seen the occasional Facebook post about the diving. But the sleight of hand is definitely news to me!

 Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Pages of Her Life.

How Do You Stand Up for Yourself When It Means Losing Everything?

Allison Moore is making it. Barely. The Seattle architecture firm she started with her best friend is struggling, but at least they’re free from the games played by the corporate world. She’s gotten over her divorce. And while her dad’s recent passing is tough, their relationship had never been easy.

Then the bomb drops. Her dad was living a secret life and left her mom in massive debt. As Allison scrambles to help her mom find a way out, she’s given a journal, anonymously, during a visit to her favorite coffee shop. The pressure to rescue her mom mounts, and Allison pours her fears and heartache into the journal.

But then the unexplainable happens. The words in the journal, her words, begin to disappear. And new ones fill the empty spaces—words that force her to look at everything she knows about herself in a new light.

Ignoring those words could cost her everything . . . but so could embracing them.

What is it about Allison that will make your readers care about her?

From the early feedback I’ve gotten, Allison (my lead character) is so relatable. Most of us have had times in our life where we wish we’d stood up for ourselves and haven’t, or maybe like Allison, we never have and are desperate to do it. Allison’s struggles are real, and she’s vulnerable, but knows there’s a strength deep inside herself. It’s a matter of that strength rising to the surface and coming out. And that’s the heart of the story.

Let’s say someone wrote a novel based on your life. What would the title be?

Wow! Great question. Maybe, The Life Through A Broken Vessel. The “Life” is Jesus. So it’s his life, and the Life he gives, lived out through me, the broken vessel.

That's kind of beautiful. Go on and write it, Jim!

What is the last novel you read that you would recommend?

I’ll mention the novel that popped into my mind first, even though it’s been a number of years since I read it. It’s called, Long Way Gone, by Charles Martin.

It’s a beautiful interpretation of the Prodigal Son story set in modern times. It got quite dusty multiple times as I read the book and realized the love of the Father for me. Highly recommended.

I know his readers really loved that one.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on a series starring a character named, Rembrandt Stone, who is a detective that solves cold cases by traveling back in time. I’m writing the stories with my great friend, Susie Warren and we’re quite excited about them!

What a fun duo!

Where else can readers find you online?

They can head for my website, JamesLRubart.com, where they can sign up for my newsletter which will inspire, encourage and hopefully bring them more Life. I’m also on Facebook , Twitter: @jamesLrubart , and Instagram

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Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?

Is standing up for others easier than standing up for yourself?

Thanks for having me once again, Trish! We’ve chatted about every one of my novels. I appreciate that so much.

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Anonymous said...

I think it really depends on the situatiin but for the most part I think it’s easier to defend someone else rather than yourself.
Perrianne Askew

Alicia Haney said...

Hi, first of all I enjoyed this interview learning about you and your awesome books! Yes, I do believe it is easier to stand up for someone else rather than myself. Especially when it comes to my family members, I am there for them, and me, well they can tell me all they want (whoever it is that is messing with my family) I will take whatever for my family. Thank you so much for this beautiful interview . You are all such God fearing persons and I love that. God Bless you all. alciabhaney@sbcglobal.net

Melanie Backus said...

I’ll just say, “you better be able and ready to do both if need be!”
mauback55 at gmail dot com

GrandaddyA said...

I ignore a lot of things. If it is a serious affront to me or someone close to me, I am equally likely to stand up against it. Minor things aren't worth wasting time on.


Kelly Blackwell @ Heres My Take On It said...

First can I say that I will get this book no matter what! I am a huge fan and this one sounds just perfect (I'm a lover of all things having to do with journals). Thanks for the wonderful interview.

For the question, I definitely have an easier time standing up for someone else rather than myself. With that said, when push comes to shove I will definitely stand up for myself, but it really has to be worth it to me. There are points where I am simply unoffendable and don't feel the need to stand up for myself. There are things that are worth and not worth fighting for. I have to go on a case by case basis.

If I see a child or anyone weaker than someone else getting picked on...it is on!


Trish Perry said...

Eons ago I was in a group counseling situation. I still remember one woman discussing how her father talked to her--very harshly and in a belittling way--and the counselor couldn't get her to see how unacceptable his comments were. Then the counselor said, "What if your father said that to your daughter?" The young woman immediately said, "I'd kill the [expletive]." She didn't mean it literally, of course, but it did help her to realize that she was entitled to more respect than she realized. I don't tend to get offended by much, and as Kelly and others above have said, you have to pick your battles. But I sometimes think back to that counselor's use of perspective--very wise.

Gail H. said...

For me, definitely easier standing up for someone else.

arletta said...

James is new to me but I'm hearing lots about his books on facebook posts. I'm going to have to get my hands on one of his books.

I stand up for others long before I stand up for myself. Especially for my kids! Watch out!

Anonymous said...

Standing up for others is way easier than standing up for yourself. Esp. With a spouse. sarahmom335@yahoo.com

Jim Rubart said...

Yes, that's me too, Perrianne.

Thanks, Alicia! Appreciate your kind words.

I'll just say I like that thought, Melanie!

Great point, Grandaddy.

Ah, that makes my day, Kelly. :) And yes, kids ... game on!

Wow, Trish, what a great story to give us perspective.

Yep, Gail, me too.

Hope you do, Arletta! Hope you enjoy. KIDS? I know! You're so right.

That can definitely be the case, Sarah.


yes standing up for others are way easier thank you for the chance sounds like a great book


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