What books did you love as a child? Why?
Mysteries and biographies. I found them both fascinating.
Who are your favorite authors? How did they influence your writing?
As a child, I liked Mark Twain. His writings taught me that people like stories. Herbert Armstrong was another. He taught me that people will read long documents if they are interesting enough.
When did you decide you wanted to be a writer? Why did you decide to write?
I have been writing off and on for much of my life. The current trend to write books related to prophecy and theology came after a visit to Athens and another to Rome.
When do you find time to write?
I tend to write early morning before others in our house are up. I also squeeze it in when I can during the day.
What are the joys of writing for you?
As a non-fiction writer, I get to research and learn things myself, and love sharing what I learn from others.
What are the obstacles of writing? How do you overcome them?
Obstacles are mainly marketing-related (not a personal strength) and sometimes hurrying. Having an editor helps with the hurrying issues.
What is your favorite genre to read in? Write in? Why?
I tend to read and write non-fiction. It is not that I do not ever enjoy fiction, but there is so much that I want to learn, that non-fiction is my priority.
How would you describe your writing style? How did you develop it?
My writing style is more of a quote and comment type. I do that because I am normally advocating positions outside the norm and hope that by having lots of references, that people will be moved to not only believe what I am writing, but to take steps to change because of it.
What was the inspiration for your book?
After a visit to Vatican City, it occurred to me that writing certain types of prophetic books could help many people.
What were the challenges of writing your story? The joys?
The biggest challenges were to try to put all the pieces together in a way that others would understand them. The biggest joys were all that I learned while putting it together. But the real joy is when people come up to me and tell me to the effect that “every time I watch the news, I see things that your book said would happen.” That really brings me joy.
Do you do research for your writing? If so, how do you go about it (Internet, travel, etc.)?
My wife and I have traveled essentially around the world. We visited Mayan ruins, many areas in Asia Minor, Greece, Rome, Vatican City, and elsewhere. Also, I bought lots of books, including some that cannot be found either in bookstores or places like Amazon.
Tell us about your book.
My book explains how Mayan, biblical, Byzantine, Catholic, Islamic, Mormon, Chinese, Hindu, and other prophecies will align, what will and will not happen in 2012, and what will happen after it. Since the book was first released in September 2009, world events have lined up with at least 20 predictions in it. No other “2012” book seems to have such a track record.
What did you learn about yourself from writing this book?
I was surprised how well certain prophecies from different cultures lined up with my understanding of biblical prophecy.
What advice do you have for other writers?
Once you have an idea of the message you want, even if you know few details, get a computer and start to type.
What do you wish someone had told you about writing that you learned the hard way?
The advent of the internet and digital books was changing the book world faster than some had told me.
What is your next project?
My next book, Fatima Shock!, is also close to being finished and I am in the process of getting an editor. There is another book that I have been working on for 6-7 years, The Beginning and the End of the Christian Church Era, that I hope to stop working on and publish. Both books will amaze people interested in prophecy and the Christian church.
What are you reading now?
I have been reading early church writings. They are actually more interesting, when properly understood, than most people imagine.
Anything else you’d like your readers to know?
If they are concerned about what is going on in the world today and would like a roadmap that could help them make sense of that, as well as what will happen, give my book a try. They should be surprised, and hopefully highly pleased, with what they will learn.
2012 and the Rise of the Secret Sect:
2012 and the Rise of the Secret Sect: A Revolutionary Spiritual and Physical Survival Guide for 2012-2020 is a groundbreaking investigative work that goes beyond way beyond the usual doomsday flaming meteor and tidal wave scenarios. Award-winning researcher and end time prophecy expert, Dr. Bob Thiel, disseminates and later compares ancient prophecies of the world’s 11 major religions, explains which prophecies are not likely to occur and describes which world changing events are inevitable. Predictions in 2012 and the Rise of the Secret Sect are happening right now.
About the Author:
The author was raised in Michigan. He has studied philosophy, religion, research, science, and prophecy, both formally and informally for several decades. The author has a Master’s degree from the University of Southern California and a Ph.D. from the Union Institute and University. In the past fifteen years, he has had scores of articles published on these topics in a variety of print publications such as magazines, newspapers, and journals. He has been a lifelong researcher and has received several research awards. He has also worked for geotechnical and other research companies.
He has been married to his wife Joyce since 1981. Together they have made multiple trips to ancient sites in Central America, Asia Minor, Rome, Greece, and elsewhere. This would include visiting such places as Tikal and Iximche in Guatemala; Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, Laodicea and Patmos in Asia Minor; Fatima in Portugal; Vatican City, Rome, and Pompeii in the Italian peninsula; Athens, Corinth, Crete, and Rhodes in Greece; and Constantinople (now Istanbul) and Cappadocia in Turkey. They have also visited ancient ruins in Asia and explored parts of Africa.
The Thiels have three sons and live in the Five Cities region of the central California coast.
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