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I am so excited to be sharing this with you! I approached Chuck Black in the beginning of January, asking him if he’d do an interview with me. He readily accepted and even has offered to giveaway two books to three different winners!
Interview with Chuck Black
What are some neat things we should know about you?
Like most normal humans, I love chocolate, but I don’t drink coffee. I’ve flown F-16 fighters for the Air Force in excess of 1400 miles per hour. I never planned on writing a book, let alone a series of books, and I think that Jesus Christ is the greatest superhero in the universe.
Tell us about your walk with Christ! How old were you when you welcomed Jesus Christ into your life?
I was raised in a Christian home and accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior at an early age. I’ve rededicated my life to the Lord twice, once as a teenager on a Young Life trip, and again when I was twenty-seven and was discovering what it meant to be the spiritual leader for my family.
What is your Kingdom series about?
The Kingdom Series is a medieval action/adventure Bible allegory that covers the span of time from Genesis through Revelation. It is full of action and adventure where swords, knights, and battles are all Biblically symbolic. It was originally written to encourage young people to read the Scriptures. Jesus used parables to captivate his audience and guide them to deeper spiritual understanding. The Kingdom Series is an expanded parable that uses the adventures of medieval knights to accomplish the same. There is no magic, wizardry, or mysticism in any of the books.
Do you recall how your interest in writing started?
One evening while I was having devotions with my family, I became discouraged with the apparent lack of interest shown by some of my children. Later I prayed that the Lord would help me find a way to inspire them in their faith. I had never written much of anything before, especially a fictional story, but that night I woke up with an exciting story filling my head that I had to pen. I wrote Kingdom’s Edge, the third book in the series but the first book written, for one reason only…to inspire my children to study the Scriptures and to create a zeal for God’s Word.
When you started writing the Kingdom series, did you know you wanted it to be published, or was it suggested?
I did not intend to publish the first book. My wife, Andrea, later read the book and encouraged me to publish it so we could share it with other families.
What were the challenges in bringing your books to life?
For me the biggest challenge at first was creating the printed book. I self-published the first four books before Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers became interested. That journey to first self-publish and then market them was very challenging.
What was one of the most interesting things you learned while writing your books?
One of the most interesting things I learned was how to be honest with myself regarding the quality of my writing. I printed the first five copies of the first book under a pen name and asked people to give me honest feedback about this book I had acquired. Some of those comments were hard to take, but I learned a lot from that experience.
While you were writing, did you ever imagine yourself as the character?
Cedric is the main story teller of all six books of the Kingdom Series and of all six books of the Knights of Arrethtrae. I considered myself to be Cedric, the story teller.
What was the hardest part writing your books?
All of the books are interconnected, but they were not written in sequential order so I had to work hard to make sure that nothing was contradictory and that each story matched and joined with each of the other books.
How long did it take you to write your first book?
Kingdom’s Edge, my first book, is the shortest of all of my books, and it took about three months to write.
Which of your books was the easiest/hardest to write?
The easiest was the first, Kingdom’s Edge, because I feel as though the Lord just gave me the story with very little effort on my part. The hardest book in the Kingdom Series was Kingdom’s Reign because it dealt with the End Times, and I did not want to push any particular doctrinal views on any of my readers.
Which book from your Kingdom series is your favorite?
Either Kingdom’s Edge or Kingdom’s Hope. Kingdom’s Edge because it is the cornerstone of all twelve books since it is about the Prince, Jesus Christ. Kingdom’s Hope because it is about my favorite Bible character, Daniel, and it has a lot of action.
Do you have a favorite character?
That’s a tough one. I have four: Leinad, Tess, Gavinaugh, and Talea.
What was the reason behind making the books medieval?
That was easy. Much of the symbolism in the Bible deals with medieval imagery like swords, armor, castles, and epic battles. The Medieval time period was a natural fit.
How did you come up with your book’s titles?
I like symmetry. I wanted symmetry across all six books and yet wanted each title to be descriptive of its story. Creating book titles is one of the things about writing I enjoy the most.
How did you come up with the infamous, “The King reigns…and His Son!”?
Nearly every email and letter I receive concludes with “The King reigns…and His Son.” I had no idea that this sentence would become such an iconic phrase of the entire series. Quite simply, I needed a signal for the Silent Warriors that represented the prayers of the saints. I toyed with many different phrases and finally came to this one.
What are some things that you want your books do to your reader’s life?
First and foremost to inspire them to live courageously for Jesus Christ, but also to open their eyes to the reality of spiritual warfare. Another thing the books are doing, but not by any design on my part, is to open the door to reading for reluctant readers. This has been a very unexpected blessing that God deserves all the glory for.
Do you have anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I would like to encourage all of my readers to get in the habit of saying “yes” to Jesus when He calls. Often He asks us to do what is challenging and seemingly impossible, but that is when life gets exciting, and His adventure for you begins. Say “yes” to Jesus and hang on for the ride!
Are there any plans for a new book/series anytime soon? If so, can you tell a little bit about it?
I signed a contract for a three-book series with Waterbrook Multnomah last fall, and the first manuscript is due in April. This series is a modern-day speculative spiritual warfare series that has a pretty imaginative story line. The first book will release in the spring of 2014 with the other two books releasing every nine months after that.
Out of your family is there a #1 fan, or are they all equally supportive?
They are all equally supportive and have each contributed significantly to the ministry these books have created.
Where can people connect with you?
Enter the giveaway to win the first book of the Kingdom Series and the first book of the Knights of Arrethrae Series!
Thank you Chuck Black for participating with us!
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