Interview with Bruce Matson
Author of From Goo to God A Science-Based Defense of Creationism vs. Evolution
Where are you from originally and where do you reside now?
I was born and raised in the beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I grew up in the small iron mining town of Ishpeming, but now live in Twin Lakes near my school.
If you currently reside somewhere besides where you were born, what’s the story that lead from there to here?
My education career has led me to various places throughout the Upper Peninsula, including Winona, where I currently teach. Right now, I live in Twin Lakes, which is near Winona, during the school week, and I go home to Ishpeming on the weekends. I plan to make the full move back home when I retire to be near my family and closest friends.
What made you decide to write and publish your first book?
Being a stage 4 cancer survivor, my perspective and priorities in life changed dramatically. The journey of 2 ½ years of chemo and 18 rounds of radiation led me to put God first in my life, with all worldly concerns falling to less significance. During this time, God put it on my heart, as a teacher, to write a book in defense of His creation and to dismantle evolution with science-based facts. It’s profoundly sad if people don’t know their loving Creator, while clinging to the godless religion of evolution.
How would you describe your books to first time readers?
This is a fact based book that will astonish both people of faith and anyone else that is willing to be open-minded. This book will give people of faith concrete, science-based tools to defend their faith, but more importantly, will open the eyes of others to the possibility of creation and a chance to know their Creator. Either way, the science-based facts will blow away any previously held beliefs in evolution.
Who do you feel is most likely to connect with the topics you write about?
My greatest hope is that people, who do not have a profession of faith, come to the realization that modern science doesn’t support evolution. I think most open-minded people seek truth, so hopefully I will connect with those people, and yes, eventually lead them to know their Creator.
What unexpected or surprising thing did you learn during the process of writing and publishing?
If you have something on your heart that you want to share with the world, just do it! If you are authentic and passionate, then your story needs to be shared. I was expecting that I may face a lot of rejection, but I was pleasantly surprised by the great amount of support and encouragement I received.
If you could, what advice would you give to your past self before embarking on this journey?
The writing process is extremely time intensive, so your long term schedule needs to be as clear as possible. I am a teacher and started writing in the middle of a school year, so I learned the hard way!
How many people would you ideally like to reach with your books?
As per the ultimate purpose of my book, everyone needs to know and have a relationship with their Creator. I don’t want anyone not to know the joy, love, peace, and purpose that knowing their Creator brings.
What has been the biggest challenge and frustration during the process to date?
During the writing process, I had never even given a thought to marketing my book. So once the book was done, I was at a loss of what to do. Eventually, I found that the time and effort to market my book was way more than it took to write it, and that process is still ongoing.
What’s your biggest strengths when it comes to book a) writing, b) publishing and c) marketing?
My biggest strength as a writer is having the ability to put complex subject matter into user-friendly, understandable language. I also get straight to the point and back up what I say with facts. I have also been told that I present things in a very respectful and thoughtful manner in consideration of those who may have a differing viewpoint.
What’s your biggest weakness when it comes to book a) writing, b) publishing and c) marketing?
Being a first-time writer, I was very naïve about the process and had to put my trust in a lot of people I didn’t know that did this sort of thing for a living. Overall, people have done right by me on the publishing and marketing side, but I will be much wiser the next time through. Marketing is my extreme weakness because I have never liked using social media. As matter of fact, I avoided it, but now I’m thrust into using these tools on a day-to-day basis and still have much to learn.
When do you think you will write your next book?
I will likely start writing my second book when the school year gets over in June. Last time, I started writing during the school year and that made things a lot tougher.
Are you self-published or did you use a hybrid publisher, or a traditional publisher?
I used Trilogy, which is the publishing arm of the Trinity Broadcasting Network. Since Trilogy is geared for Christian publishing, I’m guessing it’s not a traditional publisher. Eventually, I found and re-launched with GoToPublish to meet my marketing and website needs.