About Dana Bicks:
Dana Bicks, a Severna Park, Maryland native, was born a left-handed dyslexic, and educationally labeled "retarded" as a young child. He struggled throughout his life with the disability when at the age of sixty, a miracle occurred. God, in His infinite grace and wisdom, awoke Dana and asked him to be a writer of His messages to the world. Shortly after humor in God's suggestion, Dana picked up a pen. He began writing, right-handed nonetheless, his Christian struggles of life, and prayers ascribed to him by the Lord.
In June, 2017, Dana and his wife created their Christian inspirational blog, www.danabicksauthor.com, which currently maintains 19.6 million readers in 29 countries around the world. It has won many awards including a Top 30 Inspirational Blog in the World by Feedspot in May, 2018. It is followed by numerous celebrities, ministries, political affiliates, authors, and people in all walks of life. Only God's hand could allow an unexperienced writer to grow a fellowship of such success in less than a year!
What inspires you to write?
My writing is truly a miracle of God. He awoke me one night with His hand under my shoulder and asked me to be a writer of His messages to the world. I immediately began ascribing His words into the narratives you will read in my books and blogs.
It is important I share these messages with everyone – to let people know there really is a God and He is capable of performing miracles.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am not a professionally trained writer because I suffer from dyslexia. However, when I receive a message, which may be in the form of a word or a couple of sentences, I can write some of the narratives. My Editor makes them come alive on paper and she adds the Bible verses to substantiate my written words.
A lot of my narratives are based on personal experiences, world events, or situations occurring to those closest to me.
What advice would you give other writers?
Given my particular situation, it is hard to give advice to trained authors. However, the most critical encouraging words I can say is how important it is to build an audience before writing a book. The best way I can say from experience is through a blog posted across the internet. Readers like to know about the author and feel a personal relationship.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My book, There In God's Grace, has entered into the hands of three large publishers. However, in their agenda to make the book politically correct, they wanted to make changes. We decided we wanted to make it raw and uncut, a more accurate description of a real Christian life, so we went the self-publishing route.
Self-publishing is tremendous work and tons of time and effort learning marketing and other topics. It has been a wonderful experience for me though, and we will probably continue with this method in the future.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Publishing companies have greatly changed over the years. Today, they exert little effort in marketing new books (unless you carry a famous name). There is little money to make at publishing companies. I believe self-publishing will be the future trend, not publishing houses. Authors want to keep control of their books and perhaps make additional money too.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: religion
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
All information in this post is presented “as is” supplied by the author. We don’t edit to allow you the reader to hear the author in their own voice.