CFDb Interviews Dale Freeman – Pastor/Evangelist/Writer
= > Can you please share with us how you were led to become to writer?
I’ve always loved to write. It’s one of those things which has come naturally for me. I wrote my first book in 1991. ANIMAL, the true story of Gene Culver, one of the most feared leaders of the Hell’s Angels. His life was totally transformed by the power of the Gospel. Since then, I’ve just kept it up. About 23 books in all. Both fiction and non-fiction. I’ve spent a lot of time ministering throughout Africa and the former Soviet Union, so the non-fiction books are often based in those far flung parts of the world.
It takes a certain amount of discipline, I suppose. I do most of my writing early in the morning and late at night. Then, occasionally I get away for a week or so and bang out a lot of pages. Also, I’ve been wonderfully blessed with congregations that loved me to write and were very supportive. None of it could have ever happened without them. They say that it “takes a village” to raise a child. Well, it “takes a congregation” for a Pastor to write a book. Let alone 23 of them.
I write cinematically. That is to say, my books read like movies. So, it was natural to work on bringing an adaptation to the screen. It’s a very personal book. Written as fiction, and based to a great degree on fact. I’d say that about 70% of the book actually happened to our family early in my ministry. The guys expanded it and brought it to life. Some of the scenes play out almost exactly like they happened. There’s a certain amount of Deja Vu going on when I watch it.
Yes, there are plans to bring several more to the screen. The next will probably be based on a trilogy of Post Rapture books that I wrote. The DINETAH TAPE Series. The working title is THE REST OF US. Then, an urban thriller called DISTANT HARVEST and a western entitled CACTUS CROSS. And, of course, ANIMAL has to be brought to the screen.
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