Monday, January 17, 2011

James Rubart's "Book of Days"


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

Title: BOOK OF DAYS
Publisher: B&H Fiction

Cover blurb: God’s Book of Days.
A record of the past, present, and future of every soul. Some say it’s fable. Others are sure it’s real, hidden somewhere on Earth ... if Cameron Vaux can’t find it, he will lose everything. (Full back cover copy at the bottom.)

1) How did this story come to you?
In late 2000 my dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. I began to live the great sadness of seeing my father slip into the chains of Alzheimer's, and watched his memories fade away. I wondered where they were going. Was God catching them as they escaped his mind? Would they one day be restored to him? When I read Psalm 139:16 I realized God had already written down every moment of my Dad's life in His book.
After that I started to wonder—what if that book was on earth? And what if we could find it and see our past, and our future? And what if my protagonist had to find it to keep his own mind from slipping away? Out of those thoughts came BOOK OF DAYS.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
ROOMS (my first novel, released in April 2010) was rejected by all major publishers in the fall of ’06 so in early 2007 I started writing BOOK OF DAYS. I thought it would be published first, then if it found success ROOMS might be published.
But I ended up signing a contract for ROOMS in the fall of ’08, thinking I’d sign a contract for BOOK OF DAYS soon after. I didn’t get an offer for BOOK OF DAYS till mid December 2009, but fortunately I already had 70% of the novel written, so I finished the rest of it in a mad push in January of 2010.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
I’ve almost drowned—twice. But I still like to scuba dive. I’m an introvert (most people who meet me assume I’m a extrovert, because I love people and savor my relationships, but I DEFINITELY need my alone time. That’s how I get energized. As much as I love around my friend and meeting new people, it drains me.) And third, when I was one and a half, the fingers on my right hand were healed after a table saw fell on it.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I’m finishing edits on my third novel, The Chair which is about a young antiques store owner who is forced to confront his greatest fears and greatest failure when he’s given an artifact that might be a legendary healing chair made by Jesus Christ.
I’ve started brainstorming on my fourth novel, Backspace which will release summer 2012.
I’m developing a series of online marketing courses for novelist's who need to be more proficient and effective at marketing their novels.
And I’m working on an ancillary product tied into ROOMS that will release at the same time as The Chair.
As you can probably guess, I’m not sleeping much these days. But I’m loving all the projects.

5) Parting comments?
I followed my dreams and now I’m living it. So take the chance, take the risk, and take your wings to the air.
Thanks so much for having me!

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
http://www.jimrubart.com/
http://www.jameslrubart.com/
FB: James L. Rubart
Twitter: @jimrubart
http://www.jimrubart.com/

26 comments:

  1. I LOVED Rooms and can't wait for Book of Days.
    Thanks for sharing with us. You have wonderfully imaginative style of writing.

    Jennifer
    avidreader at middleswarth dot net

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  2. I love the idea of your book. Am excited to see if I win a copy, would love to read it.

    I'm a subscriber of K. Daw Byrds blog.

    dancealert at aol dot com

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  3. Last year, after I finished reading Rooms, a friend told me some people had compared it to The Shack. She asked me if Rooms was as good as The Shack. I told her it was soooo much better than The Shack. I loved it and I would love to win a copy of The Book of Days. Thank you.
    Carly Kendall (already a subscriber)
    carlyberd[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  4. i would love to read Rooms, and would love to win this book of days. Thanks for the chance to win. mitzi_wanham[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  5. I'm so pleased that Jim Rubard is the interviewee on KDawn's site. I've read and heard about his giveaway book, "Book of Days" and I'm anxious to read it and the other fascinating books he has written. Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win this great book. I hope I win.

    Barb Shelton
    barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

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  6. I would love to win a copy of this book!

    edwina(dot)cowgill(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  7. Loved this interview...you almost drowned twice! My Hubby told he had that happen once, saw his life flashing in front of him, when he was rescued. Please include me!

    alekee02[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  8. Great Interview! The Book of Days sounds like a wonderful read.
    Please enter me in the drawing.
    Thank you for the chance.
    wdesirees[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  9. I'm so thrilled to see that your new book is out; and would love to win it, of course! :) I will read it whatever it takes - but to win it would be wonderful! Rooms was more than amazing - it touched me more than you could ever know. Looking forward to The Chair, as well. I very much enjoyed the interview - I'm so sorry about your father.... Thank you for sharing yourself a bit with us. Midgie Bardo arwen531@gmail.com

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  10. We reviewed Rooms in our book club last year and I absolutely loved it. I would love the chance to get a copy of Book of Days and review it for my blog. Thanks for the chance.

    Dona at fantasyandfaith dot com

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  11. The concept for this book is fascinating. I look forward to reading it. Your success with Rooms was phenomenal--a real example of what God can do when we let Him do the driving. I see a real servant's heart in you Jim.

    I'd love to be in the drawing for this one though I still haven't picked up Rooms. I will though. I'm just way behind.

    debraemarvin at yahoo
    Thank you both for this opportunity.

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  12. You guys are so great, wow, thank you!

    Jim

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  13. This sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance. I'm an email subscriber.

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

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  14. Sounds like a great boook.
    Also good to hear your story and the encouraging words.
    Many blessings,
    Trinity Rose
    wandaelaine at gmail dot com

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  15. I would like to read this book. Please enter me.

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

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  16. would love to win the book

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  17. This sounds like another good read.
    wsmarple/at/gmail/dot/com

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  18. This sounds like a wonderful book. I really cant wait to read it. Also I have a cousin who is going through this with his mother, my great Aunt. Its so heart breaki8ng to go through. I would love for him to read it also...
    Thanks
    Heidi

    heidijohnjeff@verizon.net

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  19. James,

    I will pray for the success of 'Book of Days', it sounds great.

    Bill

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  20. What a great sounding book. Please include me!

    alekee02[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  21. Thanks so much for sharing this info about James' new book. Loved Rooms and can't wait to read Book of Days.

    RedeemedReaders(at)bellsouth(dot)net

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  22. I loved Rooms, and would love to win this one
    marcus802001(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  23. Is it too late. Wow I love your trials to triumphs story with publishing and writing your novel. I love Christian fiction/nonfiction too. Please put me in for the win. I want to know about the healing chair later too. adriennaturner@earthlink.net

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  24. Book of Days sounds really intriguing! Would love to win a copy of it! Please enter me! barb_wallace2000@yahoo.com

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  25. I loved James book, Rooms, it still stays with me even though it has been a few months since I've read it. Book of Days sounds awesome, please include me. Thanks!
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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