How long have you been writing?
I have been writing since 2005
Tell us where you were born and where you live now.
I was born in Washington State. I currently live in Florida.
Nice place to live. How do you know the idea is good enough to write a book about it?
If an idea remains in my mind and heart longer than a few days, I add it to my list of concepts to be developed into books. I have far more ideas in my personal queue than I have time to develop into completed books, so I work on the ones I feel are most urgent for me to express. I believe inspiration from God has some role in that.
It really does. Who has made the greatest difference for you as a writer?
First and foremost, God has made the greatest difference for me as a writer. I have seen His hand in my life on a daily basis. As far as mortal inspirations go, I find John M. Pontius and W. Cleon Skousen among my favorites. I also have a keen appreciation for the Old Testament prophet, Isaiah. I love his beautiful and soul-piercing manner of expression.
Very nice… I’m not good with him What is the name of your book?
My latest book is titled An Aviator At Heart.
Sounds great. Tell us more about it. Perhaps a back cover blurb.
Here is a blurb about An Aviator At Heart:
All he wanted was to fly. A teenage pilot with an itchy throttle hand, a DaVinci-esque knack for sketching, and four generations of aeronautical heritage canâ€™t wait to manifest his passionate aversion to the ground. He sees every hard earned dollar as a tick on the Hobbs meter. Every unencumbered swath of dirt is a potential landing strip, legal or not. His head literally in the clouds over airplanes and girls, the young Aviator canâ€™t take a hint. Oblivious to the opportunities and history right under his nose, his jaunts over the Cascade Mountains of Washington State to fly 1940s era taildraggers at Evergreen Field land him in the company of local aviation legend, Wally Olson. Three decades later, the reminiscent Aviator gets 20/20 vision from Dr. Hindsight. Over 250 pages including 120 illustrations offer a uniquely personal account.
Is there a book trailer for your book?
Yes. I made a 30-second book trailer with Animoto and posted it on YouTube. Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfA-co2EgJ4
Nice job. Do you have a favorite character, why?
Yes, but I can’t tell you why without spoiling the book.
Ohhhhh. What kind of impact do you expect your works to have in the reader’s lives?
I hope and pray that my works will inspire readers to look to God and become aware of what is happening in the world around them. I want my works to be more than mere entertainment. Hopefully, my books stretch the imagination, provoke thought, and evoke emotion. I want to convey clear messages of eternal worth.
Awesome goal. What impact do these stories have on you?
Writing draws me closer to God, and helps me study the scriptures. I weave eternal principles and perspectives into my work that are probably unfamiliar to many readers. Hopefully, that makes my work more interesting. It definitely makes it unique. I often feel the emotions I am imparting to my characters or to the narration. That makes it real to me.
Good for you. Why write spiritually based books?
Spiritually based books are the most exciting and imaginative books to write. They not only tap the unlimited scope of eternity, but they can help a reader gain insights into how God works in the lives of individuals and in the universe at large. Spiritual books can operate in almost every genre out there and communicate a message to readers in every walk of life. In a way, all books have some spiritual basis. Any conflict between right and wrong, good and evil, adversity and survival, has spiritual value on some level, if the reader is willing to see it from a spiritual perspective.
So true, Ilyan. Where can we find your book?
An Aviator At Heart is available in print through Amazon and CreateSpace. Here is the Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Aviator-Heart-Ilyan-Kei-Lavanway/dp/0976800497