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Author Troy Anderson

Troy Anderson

About Troy-

Troy Anderson is a Pulitzer Prize-nominated investigative journalist, bestselling author, former executive editor of Charisma magazine and Charisma Media, former Los Angeles Daily News reporter, and a regular guest on numerous television and radio shows.

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Questions –

 1. When did realize that you wanted to be an author?As a boy, my grandmother encouraged me to follow in the footsteps of my great-grandfather-plus, poet and playwright Friedrich von Schiller. He wrote the poem “Ode to Joy” that Ludwig van Beethoven set to music in the Ninth Symphony, now the anthem of the European Union. He also wrote the plays Maria Stuart (the last days in the life of Mary, Queen of Scots), Wilhelm Tell (an inspiration for the theme song to The Lone Ranger), The Maid of Orleans (the Joan of Arc tale), and Don Carlos (an inspiration for George Lucas’ Star Wars films). My grandmother told me tales of mystery about the life of Schiller, who died under suspicious circumstances at age 45 in 1805 while writing a play embedded with secret messages that would have exposed the plans of the Bavarian Illuminati to overthrow the governments of Europe and abolish Christianity. Though it may seem strange, I believe it’s my prophetic destiny to pick up where Schiller left off and complete his work. In many ways, both of our books — The Babylon Code and Trumpocalypse — do that. 

2. How long does it take for you to write one of your books?

The Babylon Code took about five years of research, interviews and writing. I started working on Trumpocalypse as soon as The Babylon Code was done, so Trumpocalypse took about two-and-a-half years to finish. 

3. How do you balance your work schedule when you’re busy writing?

I served as executive editor of Charisma magazine while writing much of The Babylon Code, so I had to wake up very early in the morning to write the book, along with evenings and weekends. For Trumpocalypse, I’ve juggled the research, interviews and writing with my freelance writing, book ghostwriting and other projects. 

4. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

Nearly all of my greatest ideas occur during my daily jogs, bike rides and walks — often on the way home. Sometimes I have to repeat the idea, line or sentence repeatedly on the way home, and then quickly turn on  my computer, open a Word document, and jot it down before it’s gone. 

5. How do you come up with ideas for your books?

Both The Babylon Code and Trumpocalypse were the result of brainstorming sessions with my coauthor and agent following a long period of research, interviews and thinking. 

6. When did you write your first book?

My first book — The Babylon Code — was finished in early 2015, and was published on October 6, 2015. However, I wrote a book proposal for an earlier book, The New Jesus Revolution, that hasn’t found a publisher yet. I may resurrect that idea for the 50th anniversary of the Jesus Movement in 2021.

7. What are your hobbies when you’re not writing?

I like reading, jogging, biking, walking, watching movies with my wife and daughters, and traveling. 

8. What does your family and close friends think of your writing?

They’re amazed. So am I. I’m just a regular guy, but God gave me this talent. I think there may be some truth to literary genes and destiny. 

9. What was one of the most interesting things that you learned about yourself when you published your first book?

The biggest thing I learned is that after dreaming of writing books since I was about 9 years old that I could actually do it. It blew my mind. 

10. How many books have you written? Which one is your favorite?

I’ve written two books, and contributed a chapter to another book. My favorite is The Babylon Code, although my editor, agent and coauthor Paul McGuire say Trumpocalypse is even better. They believe it stands a strong chance of becoming a New York Times bestseller. 

11. What do you think makes a good story?

Mystery, conflict, and suspense — and secret societies don’t hurt. 

12. Where do you like to kick back and write your books?

I have a wonderful writing den with a nice view of our backyard fruit trees. It’s a great place to create.  

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Thanks Troy!