Hello there and welcome to another edition of Quill’s Edge!
It’s been quite a while since our last edition, but to make up for it we have a new author in the studio!
Newly published author, Curtis Rook stopped by to talk about his new book, Knowing, a spiritual memoir that recounts his personal journey that brought him closer to God.
Quill’s Edge: Thank you for joining us Curtis and congratulations on the new book!
Rook: Thank you. Thanks for having me.
Quill’s Edge: Let’s jump right in shall we? What constitutes good writing to you?
Rook: Good writing is easy to read. The reader is involved with the ideas and is not distracted by the words or the phrasing. The writer’s intent is readily understood.
Quill’s Edge: Do you have a specific writing style?
Rook: I write first person. I am telling my story. I assume the reader is sitting there with me, listening to me tell my story.
Quill’s Edge: So tell us about your book. Is the there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Rook: God is real, He loves you, and He wants very much to be a part of your life and have a relationship with you.
Quill’s Edge: One of our editor’s commented that reading your book was refreshing because of the way your story unfolded wasn’t like a sermon or lecture and yet by the last page they felt enlightened and encouraged.
Rook: What a compliment, thank you! When I first sat down to write the book, I didn’t want to preach. I wanted to tell my story and say in a sense, “You don’t have to take anyone’s word for it (A relationship with God) , you could and should find out for yourself. Just talk to Him, He is listening, and He will answer.
Quill’s Edge: What books/ authors have most influenced your life most?
Rook: The Bible has had the most influence on my life. I learn from it, I am inspired by it, and I often marvel at the beauty of some of the passages.
I took a course my freshman year of college titled German Novel in the 20th Century. We read The Trial by Kafka, Steppenwolf by Hesse, The Tin Drum by Grasse, Narcissus and Goldmund by Hesse, and The Metamorphosis by Kafka. I enjoyed reading those books and discussing them in class. They gave me the desire to one day write my story.
Quill’s Edge: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Rook: Will the reader understand what I am trying to say? How can I express an emotion in words that will make the reader feel the same emotion? Will the reader not only hear what I am saying, but understand why I am saying it and know what it means?
Quill’s Edge: Excellent questions. Many writers across the genres would agree with you. There is always that nagging concern that what forms on the tip of your imagination is somehow lost in transmission from pen to page.
Quill’s Edge: Our readership consists of New and aspiring writers as well as veteran authors. Some have rituals or habits that get them in that creative space or mindset for writing. Do you have any special traditions or rules you follow to get you in the mood for writing?
Rook: Not really. I just keep reminding myself that if I don’t sit down and do it, it won’t get done.
Quill’s Edge: Agreed. Many of the authors interviewed by our editors say pretty much the same thing. Some even have special times of day or places that they write what about you?
Rook: I like the comfortable and familiar, so I can think freely and clearly.
Quill’s Edge: Thank you for joining us today Curtis. Continued success with your writing!
Praise for Curtis B. Rook’s Knowing
Excellent Read 5 Stars!
Every once in a while a book comes along that has a quiet yet profound message. Curtis Rook’s book Knowing is one such book. Told in first person, this book is the journey of one man, in search of answers and a life filled with lessons gleaned from unlikely sources. I was moved by the narrative and the plain spoken charm Rook displayed in each chapter. If you are questioning your ‘walk’ or just beginning the journey, this book is for you! A fast read, Knowing proves to be one book that will stay with the reader long after the book closes.
Truly an Inspiration 5 Stars!
There are many events in Curtis’ journey that spoke directly to me. He writes in a style that’s smooth, concise and powerful. My thoughts revisits a few of his experiences that encouraged me in a deep way. I am hoping that he will share another part of his journey in his next book.
Inspirational Read 5 Stars!
This was an inspirational read. I felt like the author was talking to me in conversation. The story describes life events that led him to the faith he has today. This book is very moving and I highly recommend it.
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