To introduce myself, I am Carlos Aranda; I am a new Christian author. I just released my first book out on October 1st. I was saved at the age of seven in the Royal Rangers program at my local Assemblies of God church. I walked with the Lord through my teen years serving on mission’s trips abroad to build churches, along with local outreach ministries in the surrounding communities. Almost twenty years later I experienced what can only be called a burning bush experience, where God gave me the wisdom and instructions to write my book. This book has truly been a labor of love and has been such a blessing.
Tell us a little bit about your book/s. What are their titles; which is your favorite if you have more than one, and briefly let us know what they are about. Pay particular attention to your most recent book and/or your first book:
My first book is “My Conversations with God” it is a biblical perspective on how God wants us to view and get through the trials in our lives. It is life’s lessons that we sometimes see and others that are there but are not seen. It shows us how we should see things and what God’s word says about our situations.
Are you currently working on any writing projects our readers should watch for release soon?
I am currently working on a sequel to my first book and also a book about the various men in the bible.
How did you feel the day you held the copy of your first book in your hands?
It was an amazing day. I felt such a sense of accomplishment.
What type of music, if any, do you listen to while you write?
I listen to praise and worship music.
What inspires you and motivates you to write the very most?
The Spirit of God and His words of grace, love and mercy even for those who don’t feel as if they deserve it. His love surpasses all things that we may have done and making sure that this message is shared and applicable to our lives is what drives me to continue to write.
What one thing are you the most proud of in your life?
My Children, because it has not been easy growing up the way that they have had to.
The main characters of your stories – do you find that you put a little of yourself into each of them or do you create them to be completely different from you?
Each one of the stories in my book are all experiences that I have gone through or have been shown, so yes a little of me goes into each part.
Is there an established writer you admire and emulate in your own writing? Do you have a writing mentor?
Dr Charles Stanley, Bishop TD Jakes and Dr. Cindy Trimm, have all influenced my writing and it’s style flow.
When growing up, did you have a favorite author, book series, or book?
The Hardy Boys mystery series.
What about now: who is your favorite author and what is your favorite genre to read?
Dr. Cindy Trimm is my favorite author currently. I am reading books now on spiritual warfare and its basis in the bible.
Hey, let’s get morbid. When they write your obituary, what do you hope they will say about your book/s and writing? What do you hope they will say about you?
I would hope that they would say that my writing is a treasure not just for now but for future generations. I would hope that they would say that I was kind, open, and inspirational. I don’t take any credit for my writings. They are God’s word I was just the vessel to share the word. I will never take the credit due to God. Im just honored He would choose to use me.
Bring us into your home and set the scene for us when you are writing. What does it look like? On the couch, laptop, desk? Music? Lighting, handwriting?
So much of my book was handwritten until I was able to get a computer. I wrote so much of it while in my car waiting for my children to get out of school. I would park in a nice shaded area and put on some praise music or listen to Pastors speak on the radio, then listen and write what God was showing me either through something I had been through or something that was important for people to understand to help them to get through.
Do you watch television? If so, what are your favorite shows? Does television influence of inspire your writing?
I watch a variety of evening shows, but for any kind of inspiration I will watch TD Jakes The Potters touch, or Everyday living with Joyce Meyers, and Destined to Reign with Pastor Joseph Prince.
What about movies? Same as above.
Faith like Potatoes, The Gospel
Focusing on your most recent (or first) book, tell our readers what genre your book is and what popular author you think your writing style in this book is most like.
My book is considered Christian non-fiction/Christian living. My style is most like Dr. Charles Stanley.
How long did it take you to write your most recent (or first) book? When you started writing, did you think it would take that long (or short)?
My first book only took three months. I thought that I might take longer but the words just flowed out and there was no stopping them. I didn’t have any kind of writers block. God’s word just came and I was finished before I knew it.
Is there anyone you’d like to specifically acknowledge who has inspired, motivated, encouraged or supported your writing?
I want to acknowledge God, who placed me in the churches I needed to be in to learn and grow.
Is there any one particular book that when you read it, you thought to yourself, “Man, I wish I’d written that one!”?
Dr. Cindy Trimm’s “The prayer warriors way”
Thinking about your writing career, is there anything you’d go back and do differently now that you have been published?
I would not have relied completely on the publishers editors to do the full editing of my book. I would have asked at least two other separate people to read over and make corrections.
What is your main goal or purpose you would like to see accomplished by or with your writing?
My main goal and purpose of this book is to teach others what God has for them and how best to get through our situations the way God prefers us to.
How has having a book or being published in a book changed your life?
It has made me more accountable to how I live my own life and has opened my eyes to the needs of others and how sharing God’s word impacts their lives.
Is there any lesson or moral you hope your story might reveal to those who read it?
God’s love, mercy, grace and joy are there for everyone in all situations. Always know who you are and who’s you are.
Do you have any book signings, tours or special events planned to promote your book that readers might be interested in attending? If so, when and where?
A radio interview on www.Artistfirst.com on November 11 at 7pm eastern. Also a radio interview on my local Christian radio station on November 12 at 6:15pm. Pacific time. On KFIA radio sacramento ca.
It’s said that the editing process of publishing a novel with a publisher is can be grueling and often more difficult than actually writing the story. Do you think this is true for you? How did you feel about editing your masterpiece?
Editing and layout through the publisher was a nightmare. I had to stay on them constantly to get anything done in a reasonable manner, they missed many things that makes it seem as if they really didn’t even read over the manuscript at all. Some misspellings and word errors that made no sense and they didn’t even catch them. It was very frustrating and now I know to have a few other eyes go over the work they said they finished. Overall after I made all the corrections I am happy with the final product.
Now that you are a published author, does it feel differently than you had imagined?
It is not too different really. It’s an honor and a wonderful thing to see my name and book listed on so many different sites and knowing that the words of God that I was given to write are getting out to many people around the world.
Anything else you want your readers to know?
My book is available on all eReaders, nook, Kindle, and the iTunes marketplace. It is available on Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, any local Christian bookstore,Walmart.com and many other sites around the world. The book is available on Amazon UK, FR,GR and Canada. It can also be purchased directly from the publisher at Tatepublishg.com.
I have a blog and more information on my book at http://carlosaranda.tateauthor.com I am also on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/losman1976 or @losman1976. I also have a fan page at http://www.facebook.com/author.Carlosaranda All of my sites allow for comments and questions and I am diligent to answer and get back to all who write to me. I am accessible and welcome all who have questions, prayer needs or just comments. I thank everyone who takes the time to visit my sites or buys and reads my book may you be as blessed reading it as I was blessed writing it.