Interview with Bill Myers: ‘I never read for pleasure. I read to study the craft’
Writer/director Bill Myers’s first major success was as co-creator/writer/co-producer of Focus on the Family’s children’s video series, McGee and Me (40 awards, broadcast in 80 countries, 4.5 million books and videos sold). On its heels he wrote the My Life as… series (over 2.1 million books sold).
Other successes include his teen series, Forbidden Doors (winner of the C.S. Lewis Honor Award), and his best selling adult novels, Blood of Heaven, Fire of Heaven, Eli, Soul Tracker, The Face of God, and The Wager (also a motion picture staring Randy Travis). As a writer/director, his work has won over 60 national and international awards, and as an actor he was the voice of Jesus in the NIV Audio Bible and has made several guest appearances on Adventures in Odyssey. His books and videos have sold over 8 million copies.
He holds an honorary doctorate from The Nimes Theological Institute in France where he has taught. He enjoys traveling and lecturing as well as serving as lay college pastor for his church.
He lives with his wife and two daughters in Southern California.
You can visit his website at www.billmyers.com.
Thank you for this interview, Bill. Can you tell everyone what your book, The Face of God, is all about?
“THE TERRORIST has learned of supernatural stones used by the Old Testament High Priests to hear the audible voice of God. As the mastermind of a deadly plot that will soon kill millions, he has had a series of dreams instructing him to find the stones. Everything else is in place. The wrath of God is poised and ready to be unleashed. All that is stopping him is . . .
THE PASTOR. His wife has been murdered and his faith is crumbling before his very eyes. With his estranged son, he also searches for the stones in hopes they will rekindle his dying faith and love.
With the lives of millions hanging in the balance, these two men of opposing faiths collide in an unforgettable showdown. “The Face of God” is another thrilling and thought-provoking novel by a master of the heart and suspense, C.S. Lewis Honor Award winner, Bill Myers.”
Is this your first book?
Uh, er, I’m working on my 105 published book. I’m getting to be a pretty good typist.
Why did you choose Christian Fiction?
It was the prejudice of the market. I was bored to tears writing car chases, steamy romances and all the usual stuff. But to explore the mysteries of God, well now, that excited and still excites me. And because I dared to mention God or Christ in my work, folks immediately catapulted me to the religious section of the bookstores.
You have sold millions of books. What’s your secret?
A.D.D. I never read for pleasure. Too boring. I read to study the craft, but for pleasure I’d rather go out and live the stuff than read someone else’s interpretation of it. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE readers (so do my kids’ college tuition bills). But because I get bored so quickly, when I sit down and write, I’m my most critical audience. Usually, if I can keep myself engaged with characters, plot, and all that (not only in action and emotion, but also in depth), I can keep anyone interested. Usually.
What do you do for a living when you’re not writing books?
I write scripts and direct. Now, that I’ve started my own film company, they’re making me produce. I guess that’s what happens when you get older.
Finally, what is your passion? What is it that you’re more passionate about than anything else?
God. Not the religious stuff, but the intimate, powerful, and all loving character we see in the Scriptures and in Christ. He’s still mysterious and holy enough to keep me in awe and incredibly intrigued, but tender and personal enough to enjoy a cup of coffee with in the morning and have several good laughs over my idiocy throughout the day.
Thank you so much for this interview, Bill. Any final words?
There’s plenty more of my stuff over at www.Billmyers.com. Oh, and I try to answer all my mail.