Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Interview With Author Wayne Runde


1. What inspired you to write this book?  Although I loved reading all these stories, I noticed a dearth of books with Christian ideas (e.g., C.S. Lewis' Space Trilogy and Chronicles of Narnia).  Whenever religion was mentioned, it was usually negative or unflattering.  

2. What exactly is it about and who is it written for?  The Genesis Trust is loosely based on Asimov’s Foundation.  As far as I’m concerned, it is written for entertainment, although it might be most appealing to those who are interested in science fiction that has positive Christian elements.  The book starts with setting up a trust to preserve science during the presidency of Eisenhower.  The trust has to deal with several conflicts that arise over time.  The story ends in 2099 with a final conflict.  

3. What do you hope readers will get out of reading your book?  I hope readers enjoy reading the book.  I read (and write) for entertainment.  I don’t want to be preachy.  Having said that, people who read should come away understanding that being Christian does not mean being anti-science.  

4. How did you decide on your book’s title and cover design?  You could say the book is self-titled since it is about the Genesis Trust.  The cover was designed to show a contrast between the island of Atlantis and the cities of the US.  Flying cars over Atlantis shows the scientific advances made there vs. the decline of the cities.  

5. What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers – other than run!?  First and foremost, have fun.  Of course, reading a lot is helpful, including reading tips from other authors.  For example, I read Stephen King’s On Writing as well as advice from other well-known authors.  

6. What trends in the book world do you see -- and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading?  I personally like reading paper books and I don’t think that will change.  However, I hear more and more about people reading e-books, and more people are “too busy” to read so there are more people using audiobooks.  I think those (e-books and audiobooks) are going to become more important over the next decade.  

7. Were there experiences in your personal life or career that came in handy when writing this book?  My experiences as a Christian, physician, and naval officer came in handy.  

8. How would you describe your writing style? Which writers or books is your writing similar to?  I write in a narrative, conversational style.  I use a lot of dialogue while telling the story.  I tried to pattern my book after Isaac Asimov’s Foundation book.  Although it might be similar, it’s different.  

9. What challenges did you overcome in the writing of this book?  Fear! (haha)  Part of me knew I could do it, but I was afraid I would fail miserably.  Once I got started and watched the story playing in my mind, the fear left and it was fun.  

10. If people can buy or read one book this week or month, why should it be yours?  It’s fun, entertaining, and easy to read.  It is science fiction with a unique twist.

About The Author: In high school, I developed a deep fascination for science fiction, thanks to Isaac Asimov's Foundation trilogy.  I joined the Science Fiction Book Club, where I sampled many other authors, including the first two volumes of The Hugo Winners and the original four Dune books.  After getting an AB in biology from Washington University in St. Louis, I had less time to read while in medical school.  I spent nine years in the US Navy and gradually found time to read more.  I am currently reading Taylor Anderson’s alternate history books.  I am still practicing medicine in Missouri and enjoying time with my family.


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