Dr Nick Hawkes is a broadcaster, novelist, ex-research scientist, academic and pastor. He has lived in a number of countries overseas – and his adventures there inform his writing. Nick writes in three different genres: 1) novels; 2) biblical resources; 3) apologetic works that make the case for Christ.
Dr Nick Hawkes is the author of A Summary of the Bible.
Question 1: What was the first story you ever wrote and has it been published?
My first novel was The Celtic Stone. I love ripping yarns that have a heart and make you think... so I had a go.
Question 2: What is your favourite part about being an author?
Authors have the power to reach people's hearts. It is amazing when that happens – and an extraordinary privilege to be allowed to do so. I loved hearing that one of my books was instrumental in changing a person's life direction from being a water engineer (and atheist) ... to a person training for the priesthood.
My novels are a bit different. I get huge pleasure when weary, time-pressured people report their delight in being refreshed by my novels.
Question 3: What is the hardest part about being an author?
Getting overseas publishers to take you seriously.
Question 4: What do you do for fun?
I do woodwork. I love building furniture.
Question 5: How do you test out your stories?
I test ideas with dear friends in coffee houses. On one occasion, it involved the waitress!
Question 6: What was your favourite children's book when you were a kid?
King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table by Roger Green. It's full of adventure and valour - fantastic
Question 7: Have you ever travelled overseas as an author?
No. But my adventures overseas find their way into my novels.
Question 8: Have you met anyone even more famous than you?
Almost everyone is more famous than me! I once had a wonderful time in Oxford as a guest of Prof John Brooke (Harris Manchester College) – and had some great debates. Prof David Wilkinson (John's College, Durham Uni.) also has a fabulous mind and a gracious spirit. I greatly enjoy his company.
Question 9: What genre do you like to write the most?
Hard to say. I enjoy writing novels... but I also feel the passion and need to write apologetic works that make the case for Christianity. Along the way, I also write Bible resources. Perhaps the diversity keeps me fresh.
Question 10: What do you consider your biggest achievement?
The biggest achievement was getting 20 years of biblical research on life issues into one book, The Bible on the Key Issues of Life. It was a big undertaking – one I could not have done without the help of good friends.
Question 11: What book are you reading right now?
My latest draft of The Pharaoh's Stone.