Today I am pleased to welcome J.W. Landmon to Interviews & Reviews. J.W. is an author, musician, and firm believer in the saving grace of the gift of Christ's sacrifice for all of Mankind. He brings his experiences and renown creativity to life in all that he does. His goal is to honour the Lord, and share his message of Good News with all who will hear.
As a writer, one of JW's greatest pleasures is bringing his readers to the question of 'what if?'. And with his style of using winding, cliff-hanger scenarios, he uses his gift towards an ever-present acknowledgement that God is far above the understanding we, as humans, are able to gain while here on earth.
J.W. for those who aren't familiar with your work can you tell us a little about yourself?
I'm a basically a shy person. I was that way even as a child. There were some children back then who didn't really like that I was bi-racial, so I played alone a lot. When I write, I lose that part of me. I have always had a wild imagination, and I would use it to escape. Creating my own worlds filled with love, confidence and always adventure!
It's sad that children can be so cruel and yet God used your experiences for His glory. How were you saved?
I was saved by the grace of God. My life was literally almost taken away from me, more times then I care to remember. It was in the 1980's when I had my first real Holy Ghost experience, at Times Square Church. After that I was on fire and passionate about anything having to do with Jesus.
It sounds to me like there is a story in there somewhere. What is your favourite Scripture verse and why?
Wow! Now that's a tough question. I have so many. But one that has always tickled my fancy is when the Pharisees were trying to trip Jesus up about the law. To catch Him in a lie.
So in Matthew 23:24, when he said this to them all:
“You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.”
It was such a brilliant come back. Of course one should read that verse in full context to understand what He truly meant.
So tell us about your latest book.
Musical genius Virge Johnson is specially chosen by God to minister through his praise and talent. With his sister, best friend, lifelong companion, and the woman he's already decided is The One, Virge and the rest of Remnant must guide the devastated survivors of prophetic apocalypse against adversaries who are firmly working for the other side, and thoroughly enjoying the chaos.
Is it for young adults or would anyone enjoy it?
I'd say it's more targeted towards adults.
What prompted you to write about this particular subject?
I've always felt I was writing under the direction of the Holy Spirit. All of my stories have been short though, and I wanted to try my hand at a full length novel.
What do you hope readers will learn from reading your book?
Everything I write is with the hope of leading others to remember, or realize, that the Lord Jesus is available to all who will reach out to Him with a real desire for salvation.
How many books have you written?
I have written a few dozen stores over the years. The first one when I was just an 11 year old kid. It was titled, 'The World is a Ghetto.'
Do you have any other books in the works?
I always have a book in the works. Writing is my release from this current world we live in. So I am constantly creating my own places to take both you...and me. I am, however, working on a sequel to Suddenly Solomon. The working title right now is 'Raborn'.
Thank you so much for sharing your work and a little bit about yourself with us today J.W.
Thank you for this opportunity to share with you.
You can connect with J.W. through his website at https://pressingforthemark.wordpress.com/home/