James L. Rubart is 28 years old, but lives trapped inside an older man's body. He thinks he's still young enough to water ski and dirt bike with his two grown sons, and loves to send readers on journeys they'll remember months after they finish his stories. He's the best-selling, Christy BOOK of the YEAR, CAROL, INSPY and RT Book Reviews award winning author of nine novels, a speaker, branding expert, co-host of the Novel Marketing podcast, and co-founder of the Rubart Writing Academy. He lives with his amazing wife on a small lake in Washington. More at his website.
Welcome, Jim. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be?
Have to go with my dad. He passed away in 2010, and while I've worked through my grief, I still miss him terribly. But look out, that reunion when my time comes will be epic!
What fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself?
I've always been a bit random and fascinated by everything. So I play guitar, scuba dive, do sleight of hand, backpack, sky dive (only twice so far) play pickleball, enjoy photography, work with wood ... I could go on, but I haven't met too many people with as many hobbies as I have.
If you could be an animal, what would you be? Why?
Without question, a dolphin. When I worked on a processing boat in Alaska during the summer, five or six dolphins appeared one day and swam along right in front of the boat for over an hour. They were playing! There is a joy in dolphins, and yet a heroic side as well where they have rescued humans hundreds of times.
Please tell us a little about your novel, The Man He Never Was.
What if You Woke Up One Morning and the Darkest Parts of Yourself Were Gone?
Toren Daniels vanished eight months back, and his wife and kids have moved on--with more than a little relief. Toren was a good man, but carried a raging temper that often exploded without warning. So when he shows up on their doorstep with no notice, they're shocked to see him alive. But more shocked to see he's changed. Radically.
His anger is gone. He's oddly patient. Kind. Fun. The man he always wanted to be. Toren has no clue where he's been, but knows he's been utterly transformed. He focuses on three things: Finding out where he's been. Finding out how it happened. And winning back his family.
But then shards of his old self start to rise up from deep inside--the man kicked out of the NFL for his fury--and Toren must face the supreme battle of his life.
In this fresh take on the classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde story, James L. Rubart explores the war between good and evil within each of us--and one man's only chance to overcome the greatest divide of the soul.
Where can readers find you online?
On my website where they can sign up for my newsletter and get a free copy of one of my short stories
Where can readers purchase The Man He Never Was?
Just about anywhere novels are sold.
Any parting comment?
I think most of us will admit we have a dark side. The Man He Never Was is my attempt to wrestle with that dilemma and find an answer. My hope is that people reading the novel will find the answer for themselves, and while I hope they'll be entertained, I also hope they find more freedom in their lives. Thanks so much for having me, Jo!
Jim, my pleasure to have you visit with me and my readers!
On April 25, I'll draw a winner from current newsletter subscribers on that date to receive an eBook copy of The Man He Never Was, which Jim has so graciously offered.