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Thursday, September 23, 2021

It's That 'Realness' Factor

 “Good fiction must be entertaining, but what makes fiction special - and True - is that the realness of a novel allows it to carry a larger message.” – Jerry B. Jenkins


Jenkins, born in Michigan on this date in 1949, might be best known for the Left Behind series, written for Tim LaHaye.  But overall, Jenkins has written more than 200 books in multiple genres ranging from biography and self-help to mystery and young adult fiction.


Writing from an early age, Jenkins covered high school sports for local newspapers even before he could drive, being paid $1 per column inch.  In college, he served as night news editor for the radio station WMBI, owned by the Moody Institute, where he became Vice President of its publishing division in 1985.  He’s been a writer-in-residence there from 1988 onward.


In addition to his novels, he’s done “as told to" personality books on athletes and religious leaders like Hank Aaron, Joe Gibbs, Mike Singletary and Sammy Tippit.   Twenty-one of his books have been New York Times bestsellers, and many of his stories have appeared in magazines like Time, Reader's Digest, Parade, and Guideposts.


“Writers write,” he noted of his prolific career.  “Dreamers talk about it.”



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