Frank Chase Jr
Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Dr. FRANK CHASE, JR., is a native of Baltimore, Maryland. He graduated from Walbrook High School in 1978 and then enlisted and served in the United States Army for four years. During his path in life, he has served as a teacher, counselor, mentor and leader in men's ministries and has spoke at various men’s conferences. He is a graduate of Washington State University and has a BA degree in Communications with a minor in Sociology. Because Frank believes in education, he pursued religious degrees and graduated from North Carolina College of Theology with a Bachelor of Biblical Studies, a Master of Arts in Theology, and a Doctor of Theology.As a writer, Dr. Chase authored his first book, False Roads to Manhood, What Women Need to Know: What Men Need to Understand, dealing with the issues of manhood. He recently published his second book titled, Kleptomaniac: Who’s Really Robbing God Anyway, which takes you on a proverbial archaeological quest to uncover the true meaning of biblical tithing.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is Kleptomaniac: Who's Really Robbing God Anyway? The storied inspiration behind Kleptomaniac: Who’s Really Robbing God Anyway is a 30-year unfolding tale of suspicion, intrigue and questions. My quest for truth started innocently when I first became a believer in the Messiah. One of the teachings I first became indoctrinated to was the practice of paying ten percent of my income to the coffers of the institutional church as a command from God. As years passed by I began to question this overtaxing financial obligation. Although it was tough to pay this kind of money year after year, I dutifully kept my obligation to pay God ten percent no matter the circumstances. Even in the face of not being able to pay my bills and struggling to feed my family, I paid God what He required to His representative on earth—the Church. I did this in hopes of receiving a financial blessing from God for my commitment. The scriptures pastors relied on for monetary tithing resides Malachi 3:8-10. As the years passed, I began to notice the windfall financial blessing I hoped to receive from God never materialized. The abundance that was to overtake me financially somehow escaped my grasp. After 30 years of paying ten percent of my income as a so-called tithe to God, my questions about the practice grew as my financial struggles mounted. About several years ago, I started investigating the doctrine of tithing on a deeper theological and scholastic level out of a need to try to find some financial relief. It all began as a power point study and eventually turned into me writing the book to stop the Sunday Morning stickup..
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Well, they say writers are supposed to use an outline when writing. Well, in my case, my unusual writing habit is not to use an outline but go for broke.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
T.D. Jakes and Gordon Dalbey
What are you working on now?
Right now since i've written the book, I mostly write tithing newsletters break down my book into small informational nuggets for readers to glean from.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I try to use as many different website as I can. I don't think none have reached the category of best. I have not really found a website or best method.
Which Websites you like most to promote your book
Of course my personal author website and perhaps the website Book Baby.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Follow your heart, but ground yourself in the foundations of the craft of writing and the art of marketing, networking, and public relations. Build a team of individuals around you who are experts at what they do and trust them for their expertise.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
The best advice I consider great is that authors don't need literary agents.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
The Bible, and some of my favorite books such as Tithing Nailed to the Cross, The Secret Life of the Soul, Should the Church Teach Tithing.