EP: Please tell me how long you've been writing, and why you decided to become a writer
BE: I’ve been writing since 2005, but it was just as a pet project. I never expected then that God would open up such cool doors and that I would be published. I decided to write, because I wanted to create a story that was safe, family friendly, but full of adventure and excitement.
EP: Are you a full-time writer or a part-time writer, and how do you organize your writing time?
BE: I’m a part time writer, and I don’t organize well at all. I like to write by the seat of my pants, experience the events with my characters. I’m driven by inspiration, sometimes the cup runneth over, other times there’s just a dribble left. When you work full time and have a very awesome family that keeps you busy, it can be hard to set aside time for writing, so I do my best to pound out a lot of words in each session.
EP: What influences your writing?
BE: I like to listen to soundtracks and look at nature. A simple drive through the mountains can fill my creative balloon full enough to float me for a long time. Also my Christian heritage guides my writing and my characters as they take on whatever difficulty I might throw before them. Your characters may as well be pointless wandering through a desert if not grounded by a moral and ethical compass.
EP: What was the inspiration for these books?
BE: For Showdown with the Shepherd, it was 1 Samuel 17, the David and Goliath story. I remembered the song we’d sing in Sunday School when I was younger and wanted to include it in the book, but we couldn’t. My other series, The Quest for Truth and Sages of Darkness, each have unique goals. The Quest for Truth is an adventure story meant to be safe-clean entertainment for kids. What is the ultimate Truth? Sages of Darkness is about spiritual warfare and highlighting the dangers facing kids in their daily lives.
EP: Where can people find out more about you and your writing?
BE: They can check our BrockEastman.com or facebook.com/eastmanbrock. My blog posts to BrockEastman.com and I run lots of contests and have many opportunities for kids to interact with me.
BE: Thanks for letting me do this interview.