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Friday, July 22, 2016
Interview With Author Jess Archer
Home with the Beatles, Bob Dylan and Billy Graham (WestBowPress)
What inspired you to write this
book? Since my
book is a memoir, my own unique childhood experienced inspired me to write this
book. I have been writing poetry and
essays for 20 years, but I decided it was time to write my first book. When I asked myself, what should it be about,
the answer rose cleanly to the surface: my childhood growing up in the Billy
Graham Evangelistic Association. Billy
Graham is 97 years old. I wanted to tell
my story before he passes away.
What is your book about? My book, Finding Home with the Beatles, Bob Dylan and Billy Graham is a true
account of growing up inside the world of the BGEA. For 15 years, my family
traversed the globe to prepare cities for Billy Graham’s large-scale
evangelistic meetings. My memoir details
the gritty struggles I faced as the perpetual “new kid” in town and the intense
anxiety I experienced because of our transitory lifestyle. With help from two
of the greatest musical forces on the planet, my book explores the universal
question of: where is my true home?
What do you hope will be the
everlasting thoughts for readers who finish your book? The number one theme of my book
is applicable to everyone: where is home? And more specifically, when I pass away
from this planet, is there a spiritual home that is just for me? My book
describes the delicate beginning stages of a relationship with God and how that
relationship is entwined with the meaning of home.
What advice do you have for
writers? Try and
write every day. Even if that’s just 200
words. Try and make it a practice, a
discipline to write every day. Don’t
wait for inspiration to write. Simply
sit down and write. The very act of
writing will get you inspired with an idea.
I read every book on writing I could get my hands on. I reread the ones by authors like, Anne Lamott, Annie Dillard and Stephen
King. Read their books about the
practice of writing. Then follow their
Where do you think the book
publishing industry is headed?
In many ways the publishing industry is a lot like the music industry now. The market it over-saturated. It’s very easy to put your music and your
writing out there for people, even if that work is kind of awful. But craft is still paramount, I think. Great writing will rise. But even so, there just isn’t a lot of money
in writing. You have to be ok with that. It helps to have other means of
What challenges did you have in
writing your book?
I tell people, try not to start a book
at the same time you are starting a family.
I know from experience that having babies while trying to complete a
book is a rough combination. You feel pulled by competing forces. I had to learn be patient with myself, my
children, my limited freedom. When I did
get the chance to work on my book, I was a focused force. In some ways, having children helps you learn
how to not waste a second of time. When
I got the chance to work on my book, I did!
If people can only buy one book this month, why should it be yours? I
love to answer this question. I have
three compelling answers:
is no book like mine on the market! I am the only person who traveled with the
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association who has written a memoir about that
life. Many people have written books
about Billy Graham, but I am the only one who’s family traveled to arrange his
crusades who has written about that lifestyle.
2.) Most millennials have never even heard of Billy
Graham. My book is a way for teenagers
and young adults to grasp an understanding of Billy Graham’s world-impacting
influence because I tell about his through story...through my story. My book isn’t a
dry Wikipedia description of the man; it’s a first-hand experience with him.
book is short and potent. At only 122
pages, it is easily digestible...it’s the perfect summer weekend getaway!
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