Tuesday, September 13, 2011

I'm Excited about Having Nick Daniels on my blog this week!

He's giving away a copy of his book: The Jihad's Messiah
Leave a comment and your email address for a chance to win his book!
How long have you known that you were a writer? Did you receive a clear “call?” Or have you just loved writing all your life?

Ever since I read Dick Sand: A Captain at Fifteen by Jules Verne, during sixth grade. Fascinated won’t even begin to describe it. I discovered my passion for stories and before finishing high-school I was already a story teller. Obviously, hand writing a novel in a notebook during math class didn’t help my grades.

LOL. Probably didn't, but what fun. I did the same thing. What is the genre you write in? Would you explain what it is?

Suspense and thrillers are my genres. I tend to hover on controversies like the science versus faith debate (the theme of my first novel, The Gentlemen’s Conspiracy) and the role of Islam in Biblical prophecy (the premise of my new series). I guess suspense and thrillers are the most suitable genres to deal with these topics. And besides, I’m a guy who likes guy stuff.

They both sound great to me! How do you spend your writing days? Do you set goals to reach a certain number of words per day? Can you give us a general idea of how long it takes you to write a novel?

I tend to write in spells. I’ll get in a roll and write for days, then get busy with other projects for a couple of weeks and then go back to my manuscript. That’s why it takes me two years to finish a novel, even though the actual writing time is not more than three months. Once I’m past the three-fourths mark, it goes really fast.

You recently had a book published. Would you take this time to describe it to us? How and where can readers buy your books?

The Jihad’s Messiah is the first book in the Jihad Series (http://www.jihadseries.com/). Here’s the back cover copy:

In a future when world power has shifted to the Middle East, and the Arab nations have signed a seven-year peace treaty with Israel, a radical Iraqi leader—known as Al-Mahdi, “the Awaited One”—rises to power promising to convert the world to Islam.

Major General Farid Zadeh is Al-Mahdi’s most loyal follower and the next in line to become the Full Army General of Iraq—until he is falsely accused of being an Israeli spy.

Determined to vindicate himself, Farid flies to Jerusalem to spy on the Israeli military. But before he can return home with the intelligence, the peace treaty is broken and war breaks out between the Arabs and Israel. Now he must run for his life, as both armies consider him their enemy and want him dead.

Help—and perhaps redemption—come from unlikely sources: a stunning Jewish woman and a Christian prisoner. When his faith and his loyalties are tested, Farid must decide which side to take….

His decision could alter the course of Man’s final war.

The book is available everywhere books are sold.

What is the spiritual message in your book? What can readers expect to get from reading it?

The Jihad Series examines Islamic terrorism in the light of biblical prophecy, while giving a human face to the so-called “enemy of America”—the Muslim world. Unlike other novels in the market dealing with terrorism, the Jihad Series tells the story from the point of view of a Muslim militant, not an American with a Christian background. The character’s spiritual and physical struggle plays against the end-time events described in the Bible.

Oooo. Love the end time novels. Would you give us your blog or webpage so everyone can check it out? Anything else you’d like to share? Promotional information?

My personal website is http://www.nickdanielsbooks.com/ and my podcast is at http://www.breakingunbelief.org/

There is also a website exclusively for the series: http://www.jihadseries.com/

Along with my publisher, Risen Books, we have started a campaign to sponsor orphan children around the world through a wonderful ministry called Holt International. All my royalties for The Jihad’s Messiah will go to feed these children. Check out the ministry’s website at http://www.holtinternational.org/

Thanks for being here, Nick!
Readers, your comments and email addresses will enter you in for a chance on Nick's book!



Linda said...

The Jihad's Messiah sounds interesting because of the POV. Plus he is a "new" author for me. Please enter me.

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Kathryn Page Camp said...

I'd never heard of Jules Verne's "Dick Sand: A Captain at Fifteen" before, but I just ordered it for my Kindle. I'm looking forward to reading some of Nick's work, too.

Michelle Sutton said...

I loved the Jihad's Messiah! It was a great book (I endorsed it) and hopefully I will get a copy when it releases, but if not, I'd love to win it here for my collection. :) I might even read it again. :)

Michelle Sutton said...

Oops. In my enthusiasm I forgot to leave my email.


Lisa Lickel said...

Hi, Nick! Sounds a little too real these days. Thanks, Carole, for hosting Nick. Nick, I edit OtherSheep magazine and am looking for short fiction like what you write. I'd love to talk to you about it.

Adam Blumer said...

Great interview. Thanks. I'd love to win a book. Please enter me: ablumerster at gmail dot com.

Jeanette Levellie said...

Sounds fascinating; thanks for the interview, Carole and Nick. Please enter my name to win:


Blessings on you both,

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