When and why did you begin writing?
I failed English my first year of college, but after my military experience when I went back to school at the University of Minnesota, the composition professor passed me out of the course in the middle of it. She said I knew what she was teaching—but I had no idea what that meant.
I wrote newsletters and such, but primarily I edited writing for my graphic design customers at the print shop where I was the art director. When I started to teach commercial printing there were no teaching materials or textbooks to help me.
So, I developed the coursework using handouts I wrote myself. My writing career began when Delmar Publishing asked me to convert my handouts into a book for them.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
The Lord was showing me how to teach my students. I was way over my head and needed help. When I started teaching digital publishing in 1991, the available books were only usable as bad examples. I was forced to create handouts to show my students what to do. A major textbook publisher asked me to use them as the basis of a book for them. I started writing Printing in a Digital World in 1994 and it was released in the summer of 1996.
For me it immersed was in the joy of creation when I was given the opportunity to write, format, design the fonts used, produce all the graphics, produce the book, and send the final print-ready PDFs to the publisher. I was working all-digital and no one at the publishing company was doing that yet, so they allowed me to do it all myself. The creative joy of being completely responsible for a book and everything in it is a wonderful thing for me.
Do you have a specific writing style?
Basically I started writing what I would lecture. Hopefully I’ve gotten a bit better than that. I just try to share what I have learned—clearly and concisely.
Where do you get your ideas?
They always come as a result of prayer and from asking the Lord what he wants me to write next. So, technically they are inspired by the Holy Spirit.
How many books have you written?
I have over three dozen listed in Author Central at Amazon. I’ve done seven traditionally—all training materials in digital publishing written from 1994 to 2003. Looking back, they are ghastly.
**Is there a message in your technical books that you want readers to grasp?
I want to share the immense help available from the Holy Spirit to help an author create and self publish a book. If He has called you to write, he will enable you to get your book published—excellently. You can do it—with His help.
**Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
The Lord works in our lives intimately, hour by hour. One of the ways we are made in the image of God is our creativity. He can enable us to write and publish books that will truly change the lives of our readers.
What are your current projects?
Christian Writing & Self Publishing Handbook: I’m covering the process of writing, designing, producing, publishing and marketing your new book from a Christian perspective. A Christian Self Publishing Guide to Sell Books & Ebooks Online (released Jan 21, 2013) is one of the sections from the new book.
God’s Creation: 7,000 years of glory is out for proofing. It may be broken into two books.
The Intimacy of Betrothal: Learning to Know the Soon Coming King is nearly complete.
How to Teach the Old Testament: just started.
**Can you share a little of your current work with us?
What I have always wanted to do was write a book on how Christians write, produce, and publish books. With our direct tap into the mind of Christ, we have access to a level of creativity unheard of in the world. The booklet I just released is the selling & marketing section of the book. What a joy it is to talk about how our life as Christian writers and designers differs from what’s in the world.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Get it settled about the Lord’s call on your life, and clarify the visi0n he gives you. Nothing else matters. Then write and publish. Repeat and repeat until you have a body of work. Every book will be better than the last. You will be amazed at how different and how much better your tenth book will be. Your early work will be an embarrassment ten years later.
Where are you from?
I was raised in Minnesota—Stillwater in particular. But my heart is in New Mexico. We lived there for 25 years and we loved it. Now we’re back in southern Minnesota near our daughter and the grandchildren.
Tell us your latest news?
After forty years in graphic design, typography and writing, I am finally free to share how it differs to do these things as a Christian.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Before I finally blew it, dropped out to become a flower child (not one of those disgusting hippies , and turned to drugs to deal with the pain of reality, I was primarily a scientist. The drugs liberated a part of me I never knew existed—my creative side.
After I got a degree in fine art printmaking, I quickly became involved with publishing and printing. In the 1980s I was the in-house art director for a commercial printer. In 1991, I was given (by the Lord) the opportunity to head up the Commercial Printing Department at Albuquerque TVI (a large, 25,000 student, community college).
That completely changed my life as I was forced to begin teaching desktop publishing on a Mac (PCs weren’t capable of desktop publishing until many years later). Since then the Lord led me into situations where I became a font designer, an author, and now a publisher.
What do you do when you are not writing?
I’m with my wife. She’s a pastor and much of my life over the years has been in support of her ministry. We still do whatever the Lord gives us to do, primarily Bible studies at this point. I play with landscape design for our yards, read a lot (around 200 books a year), cook, bake, full-time house husbandry (my wife has been under a massive time of testing with physical issues), and play with our dogs.
Publisher: Desktop publishing using InDesign: tips, tricks, and training for ministries and church secretaries
• Writing In InDesign http://www.bergsland.org/writing-in-indesign/
The Skilled Workman: http://bergsland.org
The Christian Authors of Radiqx Press: http://radiqx.com
• Easily Understanding Scripture & Advanced Discipleship Bible Studies
• Christian Fiction: Daniel’s Mighty Men
• Creationist: The Earth Is Young; The Triad