First tell us a bit about Brian.
Hello, my name is Brian Ganges, and I am currently the lone male author with Peace in the Storm Publishing. I was born and raised in New Jersey, and I currently live in Texas. I’m just a real guy. I love Jesus (not just the cliché), I love spending time with my wife and daughter, I enjoy sports, reading, writing, and having a good time laughing and being a jokester.
What attracted you to become a writer?
I became a writer so that I can put out material that is replete with sound, Biblical information. I know that everyone might not believe the Bible like I believe it, but I have a strong conviction in the Scriptures, and I want to express it through books.
Often times, I see an author or two that has a good grasp on some topics, but they are off in others. They believe the Bible 50% of the time and they inject their opinions, their race, and their emotions the other 50% of the time. We need contextual, concise and easy-to-learn material on the shelves. I am not saying that there aren’t any good books on the shelves, because I believe that there are good books on the shelves. But I know that I am doing my part to bring forth good reading material that will bring clarity and insight to issues that matter, as well.
Tell us about your latest book. How did you come up with the concept?
My 2010 release is entitled, “Piecing the Puzzle Together.” This book shows readers how to set themselves on a sturdy foundation of the Word for a more productive and God-centered life.
Section One sets the foundation of life with a general overview and understanding of the three-part essence of humanity: spirit, soul, and body. Each part of our being has a corresponding element in the world with which we need to properly relate: spiritual, emotional, and natural. If any of the three parts is left without suitable interaction or attention it will cause us to be out-of-balance with our environment. This section demonstrates how to maintain that balance.
Section Two provides the reader with the abstract components of life: truth, love and faith. These concepts are intangible, so the reader is given a clear picture of what truth, love and faith looks like. This way the reader can see and know if he/she has the correct components in order to build a structure upon a strong foundation.
Section Three brings it all together and allows the reader to build the structure for life. In this section, more wisdom (direction) is given to the reader so that the information can be properly utilized. This is also the “how-to” portion of the book that challenges the proactive reader to become better in every area of life.
The concept of the book: I have been in the construction industry for nearly 2 decades, and building is what I do. So I took the same concept and wrote about how to build a life; hence, the three sections of the book are fashioned after the construction phases of a building; and those same phases are used to build a strong, spiritual life for God.
What do you like and dislike the most about the writing industry?
I like the ability and the latitude given to be creative. I don’t like that some people take that latitude and publish negative books that feed into stereotypical behavior. But I am definitely a proponent of the 1st Amendment.
Have you enjoyed your journey as a published author so far? Do you have any regrets about the choices you’ve made?
I am enjoying the journey tremendously. I have learned a lot and I am meeting a lot of wonderful people. It’s great to talk to people in the industry and share experiences. It is also wonderful to meet the readers and glean some insight from the supporters point-of-view.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned concerning the industry?
I’ve learned that if your heart isn’t in it, then you are in the wrong business. If I never make the NY Times bestseller list, I’m doing what I love to do and what I am called to do. This is where my passion lies and I will never sell out for a dollar.
What advice do you have for authors in terms of promotion? Do you use out-of-the box methods to get people interested in your work?
You have to cast the seeds of promotion; sometimes far and wide. But the main idea is to remember the demographic of your target audience, and sell who you are and what you have to say. I don’t use any fancy techniques to promote myself. I’m really just an ordinary guy, and I just present who I am and the message that I carry. Those who are “my audience” hear the message and support my work.
How has your experience been with Peace in the Storm Publishing?
Peace in the Storm (P.I.T.S.) Publishing is a dream come true. It’s a lot of work, but when you have such a great publisher that really cares about you and your work, it’s easy to stay focused and do what you love to do. We have a pretty good mix of authors in different genres and with different personalities at P.I.T.S.; and even though we live in various parts of the country, most of us stay in contact weekly online, and we can vibe off of one another, as needed. Some of us communicate more than others, but it is still very much a family atmosphere. I have seen other small African American independent presses, and all I can say is thank God for P.I.T.S.
What’s something that you would tell a new writer that you wish you’d known when you started in the business?
I would tell new writers to get informed about the business if you don’t have someone to coach you along. I was blessed to have Elissa there for me. I realize that I had/have a unique situation. But you need someone to help you along and to guide you through the landmines of the business.
What can your fans expect from you next? Do you have any new releases coming up?
My 2013 release is entitled, “Lord, Deliver Me From Church Folks.” It is a follow-up to my current book, “Piecing the Puzzle Together.” While my current book shows readers how to set themselves on a sturdy foundation of the Word for a more productive and God-centered life, “Lord, Deliver Me From Church Folks” shows the readers how to use that mindset to find sound answers to relevant (and often) “swept under the rug” questions.
Many people go to Church to look for: answers to questions, God, healing, understanding, fellowship, etc. But often times, people leave the Church frustrated, offended, confused and/or hurt. This book eliminates all of the guesswork, myths, opinions, traditions of men, and the misconceptions that have plagued the Church, and it deals with many of the hard-hitting questions in a tasteful and a Biblical way.
Questions such as: Should we tithe? To what extent should I obey my Pastor and those that are in authority over me? Is oral sex a sin? Can my girlfriend and I take a sexual test drive before we get married? Can I listen to secular music? Can I go to the movies? How does God really feel about sexual relations between members of the same gender? These questions and so much more are all answered in the book. Right information dispels ignorance, and after reading “Lord, Deliver Me From Church Folks” you will no longer have simply your opinion on matters, you will actually see what the Scriptures have to say; and you won’t be ignorant of God’s way any longer.
Authors seem to have mixed feelings when it comes to ebooks. How do you feel? Do you think the digital age is a hindrance or blessing for authors?
The publishing industry is a lot like the construction industry and the world as a whole: it’s changing. What worked 5-10 years ago isn’t the only thing that works now. Online books stores and e-books are revolutionizing this industry, so we have to find ways to maximize our readership and to stay abreast of market trends. I like the change; change is inevitable, so those of us who want to capitalize on this new found shift and growth in technology will continue to follow this blazed trail. From here, we might just find our own trail to blaze.
What do you hope readers learn from your books?
I want readers to be free in Jesus; not in religion; not in what their friends are doing; not in the latest fashion; not in what their Church teaches. But freedom in Jesus and a strong, nurturing and fulfilling relationship with Him is what I want for every reader. If people seek Him and His Word because of my books, then I accomplished the task that I set out to do.
What words of wisdom do you have for newbies starting in the industry today?
Don’t give up. Things happen for a reason, and they happen it their season. What is your message? Start writing, today. Research the industry. Start an outline. Do a character sketch. Find out what other authors in your genre are doing. Opportunities come to doers and to those who are making preparation today. Opportunities don’t come to waiters.
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