Justin Derby is a Christian apologist who runs a blog called Truth: The Objective Reality, and runs an amateur film company called Derby Productions, which exists to convey the truths of the Bible in a medium that entertains audiences.
His book ‘Another Inconvenient Truth: What Secular America Hates‘ was recently published and I found it so intriguing that I wanted to know more about his work.
So, today I have the pleasure to have a litlle chat with him.
– First of all, who exactly is Justin Derby?
“Well, since you asked so nicely, I grew up thinking I was going to have a career in something involving sports journalism, and I lived in my own little world. As I got out of college and started paying attention to the world, I saw that things were getting progressively worse in the world. As I started reading apologetics books and studying apologetics in general, I noticed that most of my peers who call themselves followers of Jesus didn’t know the evidence supporting their faith, and in a lot of cases, they didn’t seem to care; they seemed to be more interested in their relationships with people, their entertainment choices, and their own agenda. I saw a need that needed to be filled, and I am trying to fill it with this book.”
– How did you decide to pursue a writing career?
“I have always had a big imagination, and I got into writing around eighth or ninth grade. I thought throughout high school that I was going to be a sports journalist, and when I was going to college at Linfield, I was proficient in both journalistic and creative writing. What I didn’t know at the time was that the Research Writing class I got a C- in would end up helping me in writing this book.”
– Was getting published hard?
“Since this is the first time I’ve tried to write any book, I talked to my friend and former pastor, Dr. Jim Jenkins. Jim was on the verge of publishing his book, and he told me that he had no idea how hard it was these days to get your book published by a publisher. He told me that the publishers he talked with told him that you had to have a certain-sized following before you tried to get a publisher to publish your book; the reason for doing so is because they want to have a guaranteed number of copies sold so that they can actually make some money off the book. My friend Jim went on to tell me that publishing my book as an Ebook first in order to build up a following was a good idea, and that that’s what he would do if he was in my shoes. I was already thinking about doing that, but after hearing Jim tell me that, I made up my mind and decided to self-publish this as an Ebook.”
– What genre is your book?
“My book is a Christian Apologetics/Spiritual warfare book. I wrote it to serve as both a warning to what our society is heading towards if they continue to follow the path they are on, and to get Christians introduced to the world of Apologetics.”
– Which of your books is your favorite?
“Considering that this is my first book, I would have to say it is this one.”
– Do you have a specific writing routine?
“I try to let my sources drive what I write about each topic, and then I try to tie it all together by writing down what I see from a big-picture perspective.”
– What’s next for you?
“While I wait and see how well my book sells, I plan on resuming production of Dark Knight: Freedom, which is a Batman fan film that is being produced by Derby Productions, the amateur film company that I run. I had been working on it before work on my book kicked into gear and took up all my time, so now that my book is done, I need to finish what I started with that project. When Dark Knight: Freedom is finished, I plan on posting it to YouTube, seeing if a Christian television network in Texas.”
Justin Derby graduated from Linfield College in the spring of 2013 with a degree in mass communication. After spending his entire educational career in the world of sports journalism, he has developed a strong interest in apologetics.
Link to “Another Inconvenient Truth” Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/anotherinconvenienttruth
Link to Justin’s blog: http://truththeobjectivereality.blogspot.com/