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Best-selling novelist Charles Martin discusses his writing at the Library

Charles Martin speaks with Professor of Cinema Andrew Quicke following the discussion.
The Road not Taken” is one of America’s best-loved poems, and one that probably has occurred often to Charles Martin since the day he turned down a six-figure salary to follow his dream of becoming a novelist. On May 6, fresh from his 700 Club appearance, Martin met with 48 members of the Regent community to discuss his writing, his life as an author, and his walk with God.

After graduating from Regent in 1994 (Ph.D., Communications), Martin returned home to Florida, where, in need of an income to support his family, he took a job selling insurance. Hard work and success eventually led to a six-figure salary offer from Allstate. As Martin relates, he had a young family and bills that he could not pay without an income, but selling insurance was not his dream. He wrestled with God, asking, “Lord, why did you put me on planet earth?” At the end of a weekend of struggle over what to do, his wife Christy, came to him and said, “We are going to do this all out.”

After leaving his insurance job, Martin began trying to find a publisher for his first novel, The Dead Don’t Dance: A Novel of Awakening. He received 86 rejections before WestBow Press accepted it in 2004. Now at age 43, he is the author of nine novels, has had books on the New York Times Best Seller List, and is published in seventeen countries. Along with his wife Christy, Martin says the credit for his success belongs to God: “The Lord allowed us to do that.”

Martin says that he rises early every day and works on his writing between 4:30 and 6:30 a.m. Although he prefers not to read books while in the middle of a writing project, he says that he enjoys non-fiction books that read like fiction, such as Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air. Most importantly, however, he reads and re-reads the Bible, last year completing the Bible once, and having this year a goal of reading it twice.

Martin also offered aspiring writers in the audience some reflections and advice based on his own experience. He likened the writer to a sculptor, first using a large chisel, than a smaller chisel, then a still a smaller chisel, until finally polishing the work with a soft cloth. He also advised writers trying to get published to practice reading some of their best work and to take it to writers’ conferences, where books agents are on the hunt for new talent.

Photos of the Charles Martin’s visit are located on the Library’s Facebook and Flickr pages. A video and transcript of his interview with Terry Meeuwsen are on the 700 Club website. To learn more about Martin and his books, visit his official website at http://charlesmartinbooks.com/.

NYT best-selling author and Regent Alum Charles Martin to visit the Library

On Monday, May 6, New York Times best-selling author and Regent Alumnus Charles Martin will visit the Library following his appearance on the 700 Club. He will be discussing his experiences writing books, getting published, as well as his life as an author.

Charles Martin has written nine acclaimed novels, all situated in the southern United States. We are delighted that he can spend some time with the Regent community after his 700 Club appearance.

After completing a BA in English at Florida State University, Dr. Martin moved to Regent, where he earned a MA in Journalism and a Ph.D. in Communications. He lives in Jacksonville, Florida with his wife Christy and their three sons. To learn more about him, visit his website: http://charlesmartinbooks.com/.

The discussion will take place in the Library Gallery at 10:30. RSVP is encouraged but not required. Please contact Sarah Wolverton at swolverton@regent.edu.

This event is cosponsored by the University Library and the School of Business and Leadership.