Monday, April 12, 2010

James L. Rubart's "Rooms"


James L. Rubart's "Rooms"

We're happy to have James L. Rubart with us today talking about his new book, Rooms. To learn more about James and Rooms, read on!


1) How did this story come to you?
In my teens I read a little pamphlet My Heart, Christ’s Home. In my mid-twenties I thought, “What if you took that idea and put it on steroids?” After laying dormaint for many years it eventually become ROOMS.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
The dream to be a writer started in 7th grade when a story I wrote was picked to be acted out in class. But I didn’t do anything about it till 2003 because of fear. At that point I got serious, finished ROOMS in late ’05, went to my first conference in the spring of ’06, and signed with an agent six months later. He shopped it to all the major houses and everyone rejected it. But a year later, David Webb (with B&H at the time) said he’d read 200 manuscripts since he first read ROOMS but he couldn’t get it out of his mind, so decided to take another run at it. ROOMS sold in June of ’08.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
Fun question! I used to be a semi-professional magician, I’ve almost drowned twice but still like to scuba dive, and I started my career on-air at a Seattle radio station.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I just signed a new three-book contract with B&H which I’m thrilled about. Book of Days will hit shelves on January 2011 and The Chair will be released fall of 2011, and I’m working on ideas for the fourth book.

5) Parting comments?
I lived too many years with my music still inside. Don’t do that. Take the risk, go after your dream. Even if you don’t reach it you won’t carry any regrets.

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
My author Web site is: http://www.jimrubart.com/
My marketing company is: http://www.barefootmarketing.com/
e-mail: jim@jimrubart.com
Facebook: James L. Rubart
Twitter: @jimrubart

30 comments:

  1. It is amazing thinking the idea of your book came from reading a pamphlet in your teens, yet you had to go through so much before it came to light & was finally published! I'm not sure I would have your courage to scuba dive after almost drowning twice - good for you!
    I would love to win a copy of your book!
    Thanks for the interview & to you, K. Dawn for bringing James to us.

    Beverly

    bgrider2@cox.net

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  2. I had several of those "My Heart, Christ's Home" pamphlets when I was a teen. We used them to witness to our friends. I might even have one in my house somewhere now. I would like to win a copy of your book.
    Kaye
    kayewhitney@bellsouth.net

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  3. thanks for the opportunity to read this fabulous book

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  4. Sounds great! I'd love to win a copy. :)

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  5. This book has just risen to the top of my "Must Read" list ... really looking forward to it!

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  6. I loved this book! I don't need to win it. Just had to say how awesome I thought the story was. :)

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  7. I agree with Catrina. It is on my must read list too.
    lp.lynnjdesigns@gmail.com

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  8. I'm already a subscriber.
    I've heard such good things about this book. It's one of those 'have to have it' books. Please enter me.
    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com
    Thank you.

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  9. I'm going to be picturing a bunch of highschoolers acting out this book when I read it now =P

    adiefenderfer@liberty.edu

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  10. I am excited about Jim's book. Please enter me in to win! sulakin@comcast.net

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  11. Please enter me!
    tiffanyniekro at hotmail dot com

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  12. Sounds like a interesting book. Thanks for the opportunity to be entered in the drawing.

    Blessings,
    Jo
    ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

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  13. I am DYING to read this book. Michelle Sutton and Deborah Raney's recommendations were awesome and it sounds like a terriffic book! I get your email updates.

    Pleeeease enter me. :) Thank you.

    caseymh18(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. I think I did something wrong when I tried to post my comment so I am going to re-enter it ...

    This book has just risen to the top of my "Must Read" list ... really looking forward to it!

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  15. I was excited to read the interview and then intrigued by the answers and then excited again to think that I may be able to read this book soon. The titles of the other books just make me think that I need to clear a little more off my calendar and coffee table because I can't wait to read this author!!
    Thanks for the opportunity to win this book!
    Please enter me as Linda
    w_binkley@yahoo.com

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  16. Thanks for the support, all!

    Jim

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  17. I have heard a lot about this book and am excited to read it.
    wsmarple/at/gmail/dot/com

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  18. This book sounds ideal....please enter me. Thanks!!!!
    jackie.smithATdishmailDOTnet

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  19. Thank you... I have always just a little to shy to try something I have always wanted to do. This year I decided I'm writing that book no matter what. even if it doesn't get published now or ever. I will finish it. I understand.
    thank you for the postive outlook. Great interview...
    Heidi

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  20. Way to go, Heidi. He believes in you!

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  21. My wife has taken MY copy and won't give it back - so I want another so I can finish this most excellent work of art! Love ya Jim! Gibber

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  22. I am now a subscriber to your blog! I can tell I am going to learn a lot about authors and their books.....Many thanks, Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  23. I'd love to win this book! Please enter me!

    Servantoftheone (at) gmail (dot) com

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  24. I would love to win this book! If I don't win it, I'm going to scrape together the money and buy it - but winning it would be fantastic! I saw the description of it a month ago, and have been waiting for it to come out.... :)

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  25. I would love to win this book! Going to go visit
    your websites and Twitter. Love and prayers Melody

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  26. Someone mentioned this weekend that this was a great book, so wouldn't mind winning it even though it doesn't exactly sound like my cup of tea, but I trust the readers opinion. Please sign me up, rmjagears AT gmail DOT com

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  27. I'll be interviewing Jim concerning this book and Christian fiction in general on Sunday at 5:00 PM Central at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/donald-james-parker/2010/04/25/wielding-the-sword-of-the-spirit-with-guest-author-jim-rubart
    Donald James Parker
    Author of Love Waits

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  28. MJ,

    I just went to your blog. ROOMS might surprise you. I wouldn't be surprised if you liked it.

    Jim

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  29. I found this on facebook Christian fiction and wanted to be entered, I love to read and when I can win one that is even better.

    mamat2730(at)charter(dot)net

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  30. Book looks like it might be really interesting.

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