Andrew Cartwright had the personal, life-changing experience of meeting Jesus in 1995. Since then, he delights in sharing practical principles from God’s word and encouraging people to discover and walk out God’s purpose for their lives. He works as a TV news writer/copy-editor and edits books for other authors. He resides in Centurion, Pretoria, in sunny South Africa with his wife, Lesley, and their four children. Contact the author via e-mail: email@example.com.
What inspires you to write?
I believe every person on the planet wants to improve their lives–health, finances and relationships… but deep down, there’s a yearning for TRUTH. It’s a nagging feeling of “there has to be something more to life”. It’s not found in religion, New Age, “mind power” teachings or humanist ideals–I tried them all and realised they’re man-made and devoid of eternal value. But I believe I found the answers in the infallible word of God. That’s what inspires me to write–to share truth with whoever will listen because the search has ended.
Tell us about your writing process.
Writing/copy-editing television news as I do is a mixture of discipline and creative ability. My personal writing process is similar. For example, my wife and I are writing and designing an illustrated children’s book. We both have a seat-of-the-pants style of writing, but at the same time, have a structured or “outliner” approach. We first set up the basic book layout (using Adobe InDesign), including deciding on basic story titles and which stories each of us will write. Then we are able to take a structured approach, which helps guide our creativity.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I normally base my characters’ looks and personalities on a mixture of people I know or have met. I don’t listen or talk to characters as such, but let their personalities determine what they say and how they act in different situations, while continuing to drive the plot forward.
What advice would you give other writers?
Keep on reading, writing and studying as much as possible. Be prepared to market yourself and your books.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
The internet has revolutionised book publishing and music distribution. It allows unpublished authors to not only publish their own works without having to “knock on doors,” but to also personally reach a potential audience of millions. That said, printed books still provide a true “hands on” reading experience and as such, I hope they will still be around for years to come.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Methods of electronic book distribution will become ever more innovative.
What do you use?
Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
Christian living, Inspirational, children’s books and fiction.
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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