Jason Royle Author Interview

Jason Royle Author Interview

an interview by Peter Silas.

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How long have you been writing, and how many books have you written?

Writing has been a major part of my life. In high school I entered one of my poems in a national poetry contest which received honorable mention. In college I wrote tons of term papers. My position as a pastor involves writing a weekly sermon manuscript. I have written two books, both of which are part of The Misunderstood Series—Judas: Hero Misunderstood and Jesus vs. Santa: Christmas Misunderstood. Since I have a full time job, writing short stories/books is basically a late night hobby.

What or who has been your greatest inspiration in writing?

My relationship with God (my spiritual journey) has had the greatest impact. My ongoing study and reading of theology, philosophy, and sociology has also been very influential.

Tell me about where you are from and a little history on how you became the author you now are.

Jason Royle InterviewMy first calling was to a Disciples of Christ congregation near Charlotte, NC. A son of a preacher, I was born and raised in IL, where I lived for the better part of twenty years.
I got the idea for the Jesus vs. Santa book a few years ago when driving down the road and our 4-year-old daughter, Katelyn, suddenly blurted out a question: “You know what’s weird? We can see the Easter Bunny and we can see Santa, but we can’t see Jesus,” she said.
That was enough to get me started thinking about the dilemma Christian parent’s face around Christmastime: How much Santa is enough?

My inspiration for the Judas book actually came from a home Bible study group in Indian Trail, NC about sixteen years ago. John (a friend of mine) and I were talking about the lesson which included the text in John’s gospel where it says, “Satan entered into him,” (referring to Judas). That’s when my friend said to me, “It doesn’t seem fair, does it?” I have been pondering that comment ever since. The Judas book started taking shape, and continued over the years to develop in my mind, by asking questions.

Do you have any books in the works?

Yes. Currently I am working on, The Rapture: Misunderstood.

If any one thing, what do you hope to achieve as a result of your message(s)?

My hope is that people will be prodded to think outside the box (even if it is for just a brief moment); that they will seek balance in their theological thinking.

What are your hobbies, writing aside?

I enjoy going with my wife and two kids to museums and movies. When I have time, I like playing a round of golf. My taste in music is very eclectic; concerts are fun too.

Favorite book you have read?

“Ten Poems to Change Your Life,” by Roger Housden

What is the greatest quote or saying you have come across?

“When we feel there is something odd in Christian theology, we shall generally find that there is something odd in the truth.” –G. K. Chesterton.

How much do you write per day?

For me it is more like, per week. I try to write and research about two to three hours per week.

Connect with Jason at:

Twitter: @JERoyle
Blog: www.jasonroyle.net
Amazon Author Page: http://amazon.com/author/jroyle

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