CCM:  What are the similarities and differences between writing for a book and writing for a record?

Schwab:  Writing books is much easier for me—or at least easier than writing songs. You just write, and you aren't confined to any sort of limited time or space. To write a book, you need time and passion and a little ability. On a song, you need to find a way to articulate yourself with a small number of syllables and try to make it rhyme, etc. I can't tell you how many times I have agonized over one line for hours and hours. The payoff, though, when you do find that right line is great.

CCM:  What are your long-term creative plans in any facet of the arts?

Schwab:  I have been an artist my entire adult life thus far. I don't plan on changing that, unless God has something else in store for me. If I were to stop playing music or writing it would be because some new, exciting opportunities presented themselves. I am so thankful that I am able to do what I do and that people are interested in listening. I just want to use these gifts in the best way possible to affect people's lives.

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**This interview first published on August 27, 2009