Bernard, describe yourself for our visitors.
I am 42 year old man who loves to read and who has had a desire to write and publish since I was a boy. I was born and raised in Cleveland and I have lived in Mississippi, West Virginia, Virginia and Texas. I am married and I have one son. I’ve been a preacher for twenty five years and a pastor for eleven years. My purpose in writing is to encourage, edify and entertain my reader with a story that is real and relevant.
How do you find time to connect with God?
I believe that it is the believer’s greatest privilege to pursue God. Since I was a teenager I have spent daily time with God in prayer, the reading of scripture and meditation. My prayer time is the first thing that I do when I awaken in the morning. However if I miss a morning I don’t feel guilty. I believe that I have established a rooted relationship with God through the over thirty years that I have sought His presence.
Do you have a favorite bible verse and or quote you wish to share?
I don’t have a favorite bible verse but I would like to share Jeremiah 29:11, “I KNOW THE PLANS THAT I HAVE FOR YOU SAYS THE LORD, PLANS TO PROSPER YOU AND NOT HARM YOU, TO GIVE YOU A FUTURE AND A HOPE.”
Who are your favorite authors? Favorite books?
My favorite author from my childhood is Alex Haley. I remember my mother giving me Roots the Christmas of 1977, I was ten years old. I had received some other presents that Christmas by I was so excited to have roots that I started reading it that day. I kept that book near until I finished it three days later. The desire to write was probably conceived in my mind during that time. My favorite recent authors are Vanessa Miller, Vanessa Griggs, Kendra Bellamy, Karen Kingsbury. My favorite books are the RAIN series by Vanessa Miller, the Rev Black series by Kimberla Roby, the George Landris/Johnnie Mae Taylor series by Vanessa Griggs and many others. I just love fiction that shows Christ centered living.
Tell us about your journey to publication.
My journey to publication started with the me writing DO YOU WANNA BE MADE WHOLE? It took me a few years to get this story in print. When I started writing it I wrote the first draft in longhand. I was taking a sabbatical form fulltime ministry and I was working third shift. I would write during my breaks. After a year I had a story of over three hundred pages. I then started transcribing what I had written by hand on to my computer. As I was nearing the completion my computer crashed. By this time I had moved back to Virginia to resume pastoring a church that I had pastored in the nineties. I started writing my book on the church’s computer and that computer crashed!
Finally I finished the novel and set about to find a editor to help me perfect the story. God sent me Wanda Campbell and Lynelle Washington as my editorial team. I felt the leading of the Holy Spirit to self publish but I did send it to a company because a friend who worked there suggested that I should. They kept the manuscript for six months before they told me that although they liked the story they decided that they didn’t want to publish. So, I pursued this self publishing route.
Tell us about your current book.
Do You Wanna Be Made Whole is about Pastor James Maxwell mentoring his three spiritual sons as each of them deal with crisis. Is it a story about men being restored after they have been broken in life. It shows transparent men who really want to be men of God. It explores the theme of relationships, discipleship and accountability.
How did you come up with ideas for this book?
I found this story during the year that I wrote it longhand. In the beginning it was about a one man and then it became a story about three men and then Pastor Maxwell was produced in it. I had to do a lot of writing to find this idea.
What influenced you to write this book?
I wanted to write a story about men and about the male experience in the church. I was influenced by my own passion to disciple men who love God but often make mistakes. As much as I love people it really moves my heart to see men overcome life issues and be who God has ordained them to be.
Did you have a favorite character(s)? Who and why?
My favorite character in this story was Theo. He wanted to walk away from his family/marriage but he couldn’t. He struggled to do what was right for him and what was right for his family. In the end he overcame through forgiveness.
What’s next for you?
I’m working on releasing a nonfiction work in the spring of 2010. And I’m going to be writing the sequel to DO YOU WANNA BE MADE WHOLE which will tell the story of Theo’s sisters Crystal and Tijuana. Theo and Aretha will be in this story with Pastor Maxwell.
Where can visitors find you online?
My website is WWW.BERNARDBOULTON.COM. You can also find me on MYSPACE, FACEBOOK, SHOUTLIFE.