The Rev’d Andrew Highway is a British writer and Anglican curate in the Diocese of Llandaff, the Church in Wales. His two devotional books Life’s Complicated: Pray Simply and Seasons of Prayer, published by Hope & Life Press and proven quite popular, have just been released for distribution by Panormi Books. Here is his author interview:
1. How did you become a writer?
In truth it happened by accident. I had given a talk about my ordination journey to the priesthood and in it I used some prayers that I had written. Afterwards, people asked where they could get copies of the prayers as they liked them and from there the seed of a book was sown, although it was a few years until those prayers became my first book Life’s Complicated: Pray Simply.
2. What was your first experience of writing?
The books were really my first experience of writing. I have often read that authors describe writing as a lonely business, but it’s not until you have been there that you understand what they mean. Writing, for me, is a creative process and once you finish some text, you want to share what you’ve written. But the reality is, that piece of text may take a while to be published, so you don’t get instant feedback.
3. What did you find exciting about it?
I’m probably not alone among authors in saying that the first time you have a copy of your book in your hands, it is pretty exciting. There was another moment that was very special. After Life’s Complicated: Pray Simply was published, I received a letter from a lady who had bought the book, saying how she had found it really helpful. I often go back and read that letter as it encourages me to keep on writing.
4. Why did you choose religion / spirituality as a genre?
I was always told to write about what you know and I know a little about prayer, so I felt that I could write something on the subject with a degree of both insight and experience.
5. What made you write Life’s Complicated: Pray Simply and Seasons of Prayer?
People have kindly said that they like my prayers and they find them helpful, so I write primarily to help people get closer to God through prayer. The reason for writing both books was very different. Life’s Complicated: Pray Simply came together over a number of years and is a book of contemporary prayers. Seasons of Prayer was written over a shorter time and is a book of prayers about a spiritual journey. I wanted to use my own experience to encourage people that God has a plan for each of us, so the book uses the natural seasons of the year to take the reader on a journey of prayer.
6. What are your hopes for the future?
I hope that people continue to enjoy my books and find them helpful in the future. It is my dream that I may write full-time one day.