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   Interview with Twe Stephens What is one thing that no one would usually know about you? I was raised in the Church and I was content with what I was taught. We were taught that divorce was an unforgivable sin and the only exit from that sin if that happened was to be celibate for the rest of your life and never remarry. And I believed that, and many things I didn’t totally understand because I was immersed loyal to my denomination. It was my identity and who I was in the Lord  –  I was a diehard Baptist. I got married really young but unfortunately, it didn’t work out. I was scared for my soul because I knew what the ramifications of divorce were in my belief system. I stayed married many years in absolute misery, until I hated that woman more than my fear of hell. I divorced her and ended the blackest misery of my entire life, but I was angry at God for condemning me for simply falling in love. There is nothing worse in life than a bad marriage. I resigned myself to the fact that I was going to hell. Something seemed so unfair. Many years later, I read a book called marriage is not the unforgivable sin, and it changed my life. After that, I never trusted in the system, any denomination, or minister of God to teach me the truth. And that became the catalyst to dive me deeper into the bible, the lost books, and the Apocrypha to find what the word of God really said. I studied like a demon for three decades reading everything - anything. If it wasn’t for that ill-fated marriage I would have never become a Christian writer - or learned the things that I know now, that I try to put into all my novels, which I call the “ trampled truth ” . 1.   What did the best review you ever had say about you and your work? Most of my reviews say that my writings are brilliant, a masterwork, and totally shocking in their scope. One reviewer said that he had never heard ideas like that before, and it shocked him to his core  –  the nature of God, why he did the things he did, and why we are here in this evil world. I have received many emails from my readers saying that my novels defy any category  –  and have been akin to reading the bible. Many have commented positively on the scope of my endeavour to document the history of God  –  from before the big bang, everything in between, and ending at the  final eternity over a scope of four novels. I got feedback that some parts of my novel made them cry, and that is awesome to me: to be able to awake budding spirituality within a soul, because of simple words. 2.   What did the worst review you ever had say about you and your work? Many have called me a blasphemer because I mix the truth of God with fictional characters. One reviewer said that he could not finish the book because he believed that I was blaspheming God  –  but he did end my saying that it was a masterwork of fiction. 3.   How did you choose a title for your book? There are three ages of God, or three universes of God. The age that was billions of years before the dawn of mankind, the flesh age, and the final eternity. The church system doesn’t accept the world that was. The  first novel, The Universes of God: The Chronicles of the Angels showcases what happened in heaven, and canvasses the birth of evil and the reactions of God and the Angelic wars there. The greatest story ever told continues through two more books and ends with The Universes of God 4: The final Eternity. I call the continuing story  –  The Universes of God Quadrilogy. 4.   Are there any occupational hazards to being an author? I write for many hours at a time and need complete peace. I am constantly being interrupted and it stymies my creative flow. There are hundreds of hours of pure research done to make my novels as true as possible, for I am accountable to the Lord for what I put in them. Another thing is the vast volume of information that I want to put in but can’t, because I want t he story to flow, and have interesting characters that are full developed. The first novel was almost six hundred pages and I had to hone it down to three hundred because it was just too much information. 5.   Have you ever wished that you could be or do anything else instead of writing, and if so what? I never wanted to be a writer. I thought I was incapable of writing a book. One day a friend of mine asked me what I was going to do with all my decades of studying. She said that God must have given it to me for a reason. I didn’t know how to answer her. And I prayed about it and the Lord told me to write his story, from beginning to end, in a fictional format, so anyone who has never read the bible could know the story of God in its totality. If I had my choice, I would just enjoy my retirement, sit back, and relax from my decades of working hard. I would start a non-profit to help someone less  fortunate than I, go into business and make more money. But I am locked-trapped in the will of the Lord, because I cannot stop until the series is over. 6.   Have you ever written naked? I have written naked, but only for a moment, trying to write down inspiration before it is gone. I always carry a small note pad with me just in case ideas come for a scene or character interaction. In fact, I’ve even pulled off the road to write some id ea that I had. I write whenever the inspiration leads me, regardless of where I am, for I breathe and live my novels all the time  –  without abatement. 7.   What is the single biggest challenge you faced when writing your book? Research, research, and more endless research. The Universes of God 3: The Chronicles of the Antichrist is the most research-intensive book that I have ever written. There is so much information that I have to constantly decide what to put in and what to leave out. The story of the Tares and the Synagogue of Satan is filled with evil. I often submerge myself into these evil characters weeks at a time and it scars my soul. One person emailed me after reading an excerpt and asked me if I was a Christian. And that hurt  –   but I’ve been t old many times that I present the most accurate portrayal of evil they’ve ever seen. You have to know why evil does what it does, and why they shake their fist at their Creator despite the fact they know they can’t win. The challenge is to stay holy while submerging yourself, month after month, in scalding evil. 8.   Do you have any hints or tips for aspiring writers? Never trust your own editing. I made that mistake when I wrote my first novel. I re-read it a million times, re-edited even more  –  and it was full of mistakes to the point that I had to pull it off the shelves and get someone else to edit it. I do not know why we cannot edit our own work; but it is an immutable truth, just as misery loves company. Never will I understand it, but it is a deficit all human beings have. 9.   How do you remain sane while working? Only by the grace of God and the support of my family. I have deleted whole chapters because I didn’t like them. I once had my computer crash  because of a power outage and lost three chapters  –  I was so depressed because I did not want to re-write them. I stopped writing and was in a pit of depression for about a month. After that, I have backups on my backups on my backups, for I never trusted the electric company again! 10.   Are you jealous of other writers?  No. It took a while to master the “ show and not tell ”  paradigm that all great writers use. I like the writings of many other authors more than my own, but one cannot change the way they write. It is something you cannot learn in school. You are who you are, and you write the way that you write. You cannot go to school, get a PhD in writing and suddenly become a best seller, by the nature of your education. It is like chess - you either have the GIFT or not. Nevertheless, I have learned from other writers  just by reading their works and applying some of their strategies to my own works. 11.   Where do you find your inspiration? I find my inspiration through the Holy Spirit and wanting to do my Father’s work.  12.   Have you had to learn new skills and tricks or attempted impossible feats in order to get a book finished? When I first started writing, the hardest thing for me to do was to write dialogue that sounded convincing. I even got Dragon Naturally Speaking so I could speak and record natural dialogue to write. I recorded family members to have conversations pertinent to the novel, to make the dialogue seem more natural. It took a while, but now I am able to write effective dialogue that doesn’t seem stiff  , unnatural, and stupid. 13.   What is the book that you wished you had written? The first book that I had planned to write was a scalding review of the modern Church system and its dark history. It was going to be called Why I D on’t Go to Church; but the Lord led me in another direction. 14.   Tea, Coffee, Water, Juice, Wine or Beer ... which do you prefer when writing? Coffee. 15.   Are there any habits you wish you didn’t have?  I wish that I could be more driven. I procrastinate a lot and get distracted by everyday living, and it takes me inordinate time to get these novels finished. I wish that I were more disciplined as some authors who write 1000 words a day minimum and do it faithfully.


Jul 23, 2017


Jul 23, 2017
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