Talking to Charles Martin

Talking to this amazing writer. My favorite writer.
When I read his books, I instantly get the writer’s block. Truly.

Who is Charles Martin?
– I’ve written 11 novels. Please let me refer you to them. They answer your question far better than I.  😉

What is the power of the written word?
– Jeremiah said, “Your words were found by me and I ate them and they became my joy and the delight of my dancing.”  Job said, “I’ve considered the words of your mouth more valuable than my necessary food.”  The Psalmist said, “I’ve hidden Your word in my heart so that I might not sin against you.”  Proverbs says, “Your word is life to those who find them and health to one’s whole flesh.”  Hebrews says, He — Jesus — „upholds all things by the Word of His power.” Jesus said, “man can’t live on bread alone but on every word that comes out of the mouth of the Father.”  Revelation says, “We overcome him, satan, by the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony.”  I can’t think of anything more important.

What does LOVE do when hope fades, when a mountain is in front of it, when the storm strikes, when the crickets cry, when the river ends, when the light of the fireflies burns down, when love must walk on an unwritten path or when it must face death? What does LOVE mean for Charles Martin?
– This is a big question. People write books about this stuff.  Let me offer this — Love is not a feeling.  It’s a decision. Something we decide in our gut. But I’ve answered this question far better in 11 novels.  So, please see my answer to question 1.
And don’t think I’m blowing you off. I’m not.  Answers of the heart do not always answer questions of the mind.  They’re not meant to. Story resonates in the soul. Not the head.

You often describe rivers in your books. What does the water from your heart look like? Does it have a name?
– Not sure I know how to answer this one.  Although I am reminded of something Jesus said, “He who believes in me, rivers of living water will flow from within him.”

How does it feel when people tell you that your books inspired them? 
– Well, it’s definitely better than the alternative….  Of course I like it, but it’s not why I write.  I have received some really cool letters though.  Platoons in Iraq, prisoners serving life sentences, recovering crack addicts, etc…  I hope my words reach people and oftentimes, their letters, let me know just how deeply those words reach.

What inspires you?  
– Most often I have no idea.  I get this question a lot.  Never know how to answer it.  Leaves me scratching my head.  Honestly, I don’t know.

What is Charles Martin dreaming of?    
– Working on this now.  It’s book 12. You’ll have to wait to read it.

When did you write for the first time?
– I was 15.

In „Inkheart” written by Cornelia Funke the writer meets his characters. If you could meet one of your characters, who would you choose? 
– I meet them all the time.  Most nights, if I get up to go to the bathroom, I bump into one or two of them.

A king-writer said that ”God is for him, is his helper, his shepherd”. Who and what is God for Charles Martin? 
– His name is Jesus.  He alone is God and King and Savior and Lord and Redeemer and the Love of My Soul.

If the mountains could speak, what would you ask them?  
– There’s a scripture about this one too.  When Jesus rode into Jerusalem, the “triumphal entry,” everyone was going crazy.  Throwing their cloaks on the ground.  Waving palm branches.  Hailing their new king.  The religious authorities told Him to tell his admirers to be quiet.  He shook His head, “Even if I did, the rocks would cry out…”  I think He’s referencing the Psalm that says, “All creation cries out…”

„Where the river ends” has an inscription on its cover which says „This book will break your heart”. Readers are less used to reading love stories with a tearful ending. You wanted to prove something important. You haven’t written a book just to make people cry. Why did you make Doss stay? What did you want to tell to all those who read this book?  
– Doss wanted to show —not just tell — Abbie that he loved her.  Like, really.  How else would he show her?  Life is not always wrapped up in a neat little bow.  But, it is good.

If you were a book, what title and motto would you give to yourself?
– This is a good question.  I’ve never thought about it.  I’ll let my children answer it in about 50 years.
Charles Martin is my favorite writer. It would be silly to claim that I fell in love with his literature just because of the unusual stories which he writes.

I still think that this man has a magic pen. In an interview he confessed that his main rule can be written in three words: story, story and story.
Charles writes in a simple and gentle way, without searching the avails. He allows the story to speak in his place. The substantial parts from his books are undoubted work of art. He never wrote complicated things. His words are simple, the descriptive parts create something tangible for those who read.
He makes miracles with simple characters, healing their souls using not a happy ending but involving God for glorious endings.
You find Charles Martin here. You will definitely fall in love with his books. I fell.

 

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