Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Author Interview – Edward Mrkvicka

Tell us a bit about your family.

I live in a small rural town in NW Illinois with my son, Eddie, my daughter, Kelly, our dog, Gus, and our cat, Puddin’.

What is your favorite quality about yourself?

I am a practicing Christian.

What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why?

“Evil only triumphs when good men say and do nothing”(Sir Edmund Burke), which has as its genesis Ephesians 5:11 in the Bible – “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose [them].” Burke was so right, as is witnessed by today’s events.

What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life?

Raising my two children who have become humble followers of Christ. They are loved and respected by everyone who knows them.

What is your favorite color?

Royal purple.

What’s your favorite place in the entire world?

Our house.

How has your upbringing influenced your writing?

I was raised in a Christian household by Christian parents and as such I became a Christian writer. “Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

When I was about 8 years old I was given a small toy printing press for Christmas. I put together a weekly “newspaper” for the neighborhood. The whole experience was right out of “Leave It To Beaver.” From that point on I loved to write, and the feeling has never left me.

When and why did you begin writing?

Professionally since 1982. I had retired from banking, which finally gave me time to write as I had always wanted to.

How long have you been writing?

All my life, but, as I said, I started writing professionally in 1982.

When did you first know you could be a writer?

When I was about 8 years old.

What inspires you to write and why?

My first 8 books were about personal finance, banking, and the stock market (I am a retired bank president). My last 4 have been Christian books, as I have been a lay minister and counselor since my days in the service (Air Force 1965-69).

What genre are you most comfortable writing?

Christian books.

What inspired you to write your first book?

As I noted, I had retired from banking in 1982 at a fairly young age, and I knew I had obtained a wealth of information that could help people financially, so I sat down and committed said knowledge to paper in the hope I could reach a large audience. I will admit being a Christian bank president is a perhaps strange combination, but such can also be extremely helpful – when I was in banking I refused to ever see one of my customers taken advantage of because of my religious beliefs – my first books were dedicated to that goal, notwithstanding that I was no longer in the industry.

Who or what influenced your writing once you began?

The motivating factor in my writing is trying to help people – period.

Who or what influenced your writing over the years?

The Word of God influences everything I say and do, so it naturally influences what I write.

What made you want to be a writer?

It’s something I’ve always enjoyed – mostly because I like helping people, and writing is a means to that end.
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Genre – Christian Life
Rating – G
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