Guest Interview by Divine Eloquence
Tuesday, July 29, 2003 8:51:00 PM
by Frederick Lee Cuthbertson
|Interview of author Frederick L. Cuthbertson by Divine Eloquence editor, Rudelle Thomas
Divine Eloquence interviews featured guest for the month of July, author Frederick L. Cuthbertson.Interviewer,Rudelle Thomas,Editor.
"Write the vision And make it plain..." -Habakkuk 2:2
July 15, 2003
D_E: First, I want to welcome you to Divine Eloquence, and thank you for allowing us this opportunity to talk with you.
FLC: Thank you for your gracious invitation.
D_E: Elder Cuthbertson, When did you first begin writing?
FLC: I started early in my saved life as a teenager, but it was only for a brief time. I picked up on my writing five years ago after I got over my fear of learning how to use a computer.
D_E: Do you write out of a love for writing or more out of having a specific thing to say at that particular time?
FLC: I write to express my thoughts on certain issues that I feel strong about. It was more of a need to write as much as a love to put in writing what the Lord has given me. I'm not an eloquent speaker, but I believe I can express my thoughts better in writing than speaking.
D_E: Why did you choose to self-publish?
FLC: Self-publishing, to me provides a better alternative from traditional publishing because traditional publishers usually sign up well-known or established authors rather than new authors. They consider it less of a risk to go with an established author with a resume of written books behind their names than an unknown writer just starting. Also I didn't want to go through the disappointment of receiving rejection letters from such publishers trying to get my manuscript published.
D_E: Have you tried pushing your books out to traditional publishing houses? And if so, what was the reaction? Are you still trying the traditional publishing route?
FLC: No, at this time I'm trying to get distributors, bookstores and catalog companies to add my books to their list. Some time in the future I think I will try the traditional publishing route instead of self-publishing.
D_E: Agent / No Agent -- do you have one? Do you think it's necessary to have one?
FLC: I haven't given much thought on having an agent. I believe it depends on how you want to promote your book that will decide if an agent is needed.
D_E: What has been the response from your readers?
FLC: The response is very positive from those who read my books and some have told me how they were blessed for reading them.
D_E: Let's talk about your books. I have had the pleasure of reading all of your books and found that they are all filled with wisdom and Word. You obviously spend a lot of time in the Word of God and make sure that whatever you say is backed up by it. Tell us a little about that. Did you decide, I want to write a book and then seek the Lord for a topic or did the Lord say I want you to write a book on (subject)?
FLC: It started with my first book about my late Pastor William W. Tucker. I didn't intend to write a book about him per se, but the book developed from an accumilation of Bishop Tucker's sayings that the Lord inspired me to write. I was dealing with a down time in my life when I left my former church, Bethlehem Temple Apostolic Faith Church after twenty seven years of membership. The church went through a spiritual upheaval after Bishop Tucker's death and I witnessed a departure from the Biblical standards established by Bishop Tucker's ministry. Being hurt and disappointed over the changes taking place there I eventually left the church. In 1999 while reminiscing about my years at my former church, I could hear in my spirit the voice of Bishop Tucker as his unique sayings resonated in my mind. What made his sayings profound were that they answered clearly the things I was going through and opened my eyes to the causes that had disillusioned me. The book became a catharsis for me and relieved me of the pains of the past. The book became my way of honoring his memory for the impact he had on my life. I believe strongly in using scriptures to confirm any subject that pertains to the Christian life. Primarily my goal is to write books based on sermons I've preached in the past and "TheWeakness of God" is an example of that.
D_E: Do you write non-fiction only?
FLC: Currently non-fiction is the field I believe the Lord is directing me. I don't know if I have the discipline to create characters and stories about them in a fiction format. The same holds true for me in poetry and I think it's best to write in the area that display your strengths.
D_E: Do you have mentors in the writing field who have helped you get to where you are?
FLC: I have no mentors that directed me to writing but I'm trying to help other writers who aspires to publish their works.
D_E: What do you do outside of writing?
FLC: I preach in various churches in the Philadelphia area and participate in several ministries in my church. I've been employed in the United States Postal Service for thirty years.
D_E: Are you working on any new projects?
FLC: Yes, I'm planning to have my ebook, "Reflections" in a printed book format and I've started on another book which will deal with a notable parable of Jesus.
D_E: Do you have any parting words of advice for our readers?
FLC: Whatever is your inspiration, pursue it with all the grace that God gives you and don't stop until you achieve it.
D_E: Great advice! Divine Eloquence would like to thank you on behalf of our readers for spending this time with us. We encourage everyone to get a copy of your books, and visit your Website at: www.elderfc.com. Your books will definitely encourage, strengthen, and assist one in going to higher heights and deeper depths in God.
FLC: Thank you.
Frederick Lee Cuthbertson