Bill Myers is a writer/director whose work has won over 60 national and international awards including the C.S. Lewis Honor Award. His books and videos have sold over 8 million copies with such best sellers as The God Hater, Eli, Soul Tracker and McGee and Me. For a complete list of books and sample chapters visit his website at www.Billmyers.
Please tell us a bit about your book, The Face of God, and what you hope readers take away from reading it.
A burned-out pastor and an Islamic terrorist are on a collision course to find the mysterious stones mentioned in the Bible that allow people to hear the voice of God. Besides the supernatural suspense elements which I’m known for, I wanted to explore the difference and similarities in these two men’s faiths – what works and what doesn’t as they literally come face to face with God.
Who are your favorite characters in the story?
I tend to love and respect all my characters no matter how flawed they are. Even the bad guys have something I care about. The same is true in this book. Although I’m strongly opposed to the terrorist’s methods, I can’t help but respect his commitment to his God. And, even though I lean toward the pastor’s beliefs, I can’t help but see areas where he has been blinded to his own truths.
Do you have a favorite line or excerpt from your book?
Absolutely. The showdown between the two men of opposing faiths . . . and, of course, the supernatural moments when they encounter God. I can’t tell you how many times I had to get up and walk around the office, I was so excited.
If your current release were to be turned into a movie, who would you love to see play what characters and why?
Tom Hanks would have to play the burned-out pastor who tries to recapture his faith. There is such an everyman’s look and feel to his work. The terrorist would have to be someone with nobility, integrity and great strength of conviction.
What are your favorite aspects of writing?
I love doing the travel and research. Getting a chance to visit nearly all the countries where this story takes places, absorbing the culture, the lifestyle, getting to understand the people’s hearts and souls . . . there is absolutely nothing better than that.
Your least favorite aspects of writing?
You mean besides the actual writing? Hm, that would have to be the marketing.
Who are some of your favorite authors/books?
Writing supernatural suspense and thrillers come second nature to me so I don’t spend much time reading those genres any more.(To be honest I find most superficial and derivative). Instead, I pour over nonfiction work – physics, history, politics – looking for contemporary hooks that will ground my stories in enough reality so that I can realistically bring in the supernatural. I generally read 30-80 research books for every novel I write.
What are you reading right now?
I’m reading Brain Greene, the theoretical physicist, and poetry; lots and lots of poetry. The later is to keep learning the absolute importance of putting the right words together in the right order. Some of those guys and gals are beyond genius. At the moment, I’m gearing up to write a novel featuring an every day workingman, so Carl Sandberg’s work is invaluable.
If you could have a dinner party and invite five authors — dead or alive — who would they be and what would you serve them?
I’d invite the Apostle John (would love to get more of his take on Jesus Christ and the book of Revelation), Einstein, C.S. Lewis, Mark Twain (to hold their feet to the fire), and Dostoyevsky. What would I serve them? I’d set out a giant buffet and see what they go for . . . and take notes.
What is a book that you wish you could say that you had written and why?
I’ll let you know when I write it.
What is the greatest piece of advice (for writing and/or just living) that you have heard?
Live in truth and write it.