Scott Rankin graduated with a degree in music education and spent his 20’s and 30’s as a successful music director, visual designer for marching groups, and a professional clinician for high school and college music programs.
In 2009 he was injured in a bicycle accident where he was instantly paralyzed. Today as a healing quadriplegic, Scott’s passion for teaching has been re-focused from music to writing Christian books and public speaking.
Scott Rankin is a gifted educator and effective public speaker. His ability to take complex subject matter, break it into bite-size pieces, and re-assemble those through simple, logical, and enjoyable teaching techniques makes his material easy to understand and hard to forget!
What inspires you to write?
I enjoy being a part of helping people reach success and finding nuggets of truth that bring them closer to God. My wife says I have a special gift for presenting information and teaching. So if I can use a God given ability, gift, or if you want to call it a “talent”… instead of burying my talent that has been given to me, I would much rather invest it into God's Kingdom.
Tell us about your writing process.
You can say I am an "outliner". In my process, I focus on a topic for a long time, speak with people about it, research it from both sides of the argument table. Next, I will throw out my opinion, and all others and ask God what He thinks about it and let His answers guide my outline process. I will put myself in the shoes of one opposing God and ask, "what would it take to convince me God's way is the best?" From there, I organize my collected data and speak to the audience as if I am God's ambassador desperately seeking the one lost lamb out of a hundred. Then I let my wife read it and she fixes most of my mistakes!
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Fiction? As a writer who seeks to lead people to "Truth"… well, I don't write non-truth! But I do try to pretend to be the bible character I am writing about. Even more though, I as the writer, strive to become the person I am trying to reach by the end of the book. If I can put myself in your shoes, maybe I can help you walk in God's.
Who are your favorite authors?
God, Dr. Bert Thompson PhD., Wayne Jackson, Paul David Tripp, most anyone who can connect logic to God’s word in a memorable way.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I fell into self-publishing simply looking for an affordable way to share my first book.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I prefer to just write.
What genres do you write?
Christian, nonfiction, parenting, self-help, advice, religion and spirituality
What formats are your books in?
eBook, Print, Audiobook
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