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Born: 1949-09-23
Profession: Novelist
Nation: American
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I fear it's because religion is man's attempt to reach God, and when he feels he has succeeded, he cannot abide anyone else's claim to have done the same.

Tags: Fear, God, Religion

I put off writing the first Left Behind book for a year because I got invited to assist Billy Graham in his memoirs, and had we known what we were putting off for a year, we might not have put it off.

Tags: Book, Put, Writing

I've written enough books with real celebrities, such as Walter Payton and Hank Aaron and Billy Graham, to know that fame looks good only to people who don't have it.

Tags: Enough, Good, Real

It's made me more expectant of the imminent return of Jesus, and also more sensitive to the people around me. Knowing Jesus will return soon makes me want all the more to tell people about him and all that he offers.

Tags: Him, Jesus, Tell

Left Behind takes what to some people may be unbelievable predictions from the Bible and shows how they might play out. It makes the events of biblical prophecy understandable and thus believable.

Tags: Makes, May, Might

SOON was the first novel where I used a rough outline. Usually I have characters and an idea and write as a process of discovery. Like working without a net.

Tags: Idea, Working, Write

The theater of the mind is impossible to compete with, and I like the idea that with a few suggestions, each reader forms in his or her own mind what a character or a place looks like.

Tags: Character, Impossible, Mind

There is a comfort zone of knowing where things are going and having characters in place, but the action gets more and more dramatic and is very challenging to describe.

Tags: Action, Knowing, Place

Tim sends me a fairly ambitious workup in notebook form noting the passages we're going to cover and the chronology of the biblical events, and his commentaries on those things he's read and written.

Tags: Events, Read, Written

While writing my first 90 books, I was magazine editor, publisher, book publisher, executive, etc., so I was established in publishing. three of my seven or so books were biographies of sports stars and really opened doors for me in that area.

Tags: Book, Sports, Writing

Broken relationships are a source of heavy heartbreak that seem to affect every family.

Tags: Broken, Family, Seem

As for dialogue, I think it keeps things moving to cut to the chase.

Tags: Chase, Cut, Moving

In my opinion, Jesus is God's attempt to reach man. But while I believe Jesus is the way to God, it makes no sense to hate people who disagree.

Tags: God, Hate, Jesus

Writers write. Dreamers talk about it.

Tags: Dreams, Talk, Write

In the prequel we're going to tell about the characters before Left Behind, and the book would end with the rapture instead of start with the rapture like the first one did.

Tags: Book, End, Start

Actually 'Soon' has more than the Left Behind series, but I really believe less is more.

Tags: Actually, Left, Less

Books that do a tenth of what Left Behind has done are smashing successes.

Tags: Books, Done, Left

Fiction has a unique role in conveying Truth. In fact, only fiction that is Truth with a capital T is worthwhile.

Tags: Fact, Truth, Unique

Funny, I don't feel any more powerful today than yesterday.

Tags: Funny, Powerful, Today

Gil Thorpe is a great diversion and is to book writing as poetry is to prose.

Tags: Book, Great, Poetry

Good fiction must be entertaining, but what makes fiction special - and True - is that the realness of a novel allows it to carry a larger message.

Tags: Good, Special, True

He just kind of talks them through, and then I get the fun part cause I get to make up the stories.

Tags: Cause, Fun, Stories

I don't see success as the goal. Obedience is the goal.

Tags: Goal, Obedience, Success

I love inventing worlds and characters and settings and scenarios.

Tags: Characters, Love, Worlds

I was raised as a Christian but the transaction has to be made by yourself - you and God - at some point.

Tags: Christian, God, Yourself

I was raised in a Christian home and, in fact, my mother led me to Christ as a youngster.

Tags: Christian, Home, Mother
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Ironically, in today's marketplace successful nonfiction has to be unbelievable, while successful fiction must be believable.

Tags: Successful, Today, While

My dream remains to inform and entertain through fiction in the form of novels and movies that compete in the marketplace of ideas.

Tags: Dream, Ideas, Movies

Of course, bad marriages are so pervasive that they have invaded the faith community too.

Tags: Bad, Community, Faith

People are scared to death and they're looking for something beyond themselves.

Tags: Death, Looking, Themselves

People want to find out what happens to the characters, and want to keep reading, and turning the pages.

Tags: Happens, Keep, Reading

The Christian market has less competition and lower standards.

Tags: Christian, Less, Market

The uninitiated have real questions and valid concerns over how the things of God appear to them.

Tags: God, Questions, Real

When I was a junior camp counselor and it was my job to tell the campers a bedtime story or devotional, I would tell them a rapture story.

Tags: Job, Story, Tell

When you come to Christ as a real young person, I think when you become a teen-ager either you rebel or you search, doubt, and wonder.

Tags: Doubt, Real, Young
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