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Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.
I am a Southern California guy through and through. I love the beach. I played basketball in high school and volleyball in college, but that was a long time ago. I became a Christian over 30 years ago and am involved with the junior high ministry at my church, Saddleback. I lead a group of young men who are in the same grade once a week during the entire school year, we call this Lifegroup. I started a group seven years ago, when I started with a group of 7th graders and took them through last May, when they graduated from high school. They are all now in college. So, I’ve started mentoring a new group of 7th grader.
What inspired you to author your book?
This will be my third book. The first two I didn’t market at all because I had no idea of what I was doing and the books were so so. Those two were my preparation for this book, A Divine Conspiracy. As a Christian, one of the most guiling questions I have is how did Lucifer talk a third of the angels in Heaven to overthrow God? What could he possibly have said that would have them thinking they were not being cared for or whatever? That is my inspiration. I know it didn’t happen the way I portrayed it, but it did happen. I’m very happy with the outcome.
Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?
While scrolling through Fiverr, looking for a graphic designer, I came across a young artist who was publicizing her minimalistic book cover. The one she was showing was amazing. I think book covers have gone way overboard. I’d like to think that by looking at the image of the front cover you would be moved. That’s how I feel about this cover.
Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?
Easy. Stephen King. I know his subject matter is not for everyone. I get it. But, he is master storyteller. I’ve been reading him since the mid-70’s and am infatuated with the way he lays down a plot.
What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?
Portraying angels accurately was hard at first. I have a friend who is a Dean at a Christian University who was nice enough to read my first draft. He immediately pointed out some material that wasn’t biblical. I didn’t do it out of malice but out of ignorance. So, I was a lot more careful going forward. Describing Heaven was fun, because nobody has any idea and I was free to create what I would like to see and do.
Tell your readers about your book.
We immediately follow Adlay, one of the first fifty angels ever created, from his waking breath, through his tour through the city of Perfect, a clothing store run by a talking rabbit, dining facilities to die for and other amazing cities all within Heaven, a newly created estate by God for his followers after they die. Adlay has to come to terms with the extensive physical training and the classes, one which is Worship with Lucifer, a beautiful Angel, who rubs Adlay the wrong way. Adlay suffers from dreams he has, showing him what true evil looks like. He is constantly under scrutiny by Lucifer and his henchman. Heaven becomes more stressful the closer Adlay gets to finishing training and discovering what Lucifer is really up to.
Who is your target audience, and why?
Target audience is both readers who want a good story and Young Adults. YA because the Angels are great looking and in terrific shape. There is nothing ungodly in this story at all.
If you were going to give one reason for anyone looking at your book to read, why should they buy it?
I’d like to give one but can’t. The most compelling reason to read my book is that it is really good. Why do I say that? My editor who I did not know at all before hiring her to work on this said this one of the best books she has ever read. Really, she did. I’ve read over a thousand books and I know what works and what doesn’t. I wrote the story the way I would want it told. Again, very happy with the outcome.
I am also hilarious. If you like to laugh, look no further.
What do you consider your greatest success in life?
Taking a group of 7th graders through six years of their life, encouraging and teaching them what matters.
What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?
I can tell you what works and what doesn’t. Analyzation. So, when I see it, I can tell you right then and there why it works or doesn’t work.
How do you overcome writer’s block?
Read other books.
What one piece of advice do you have for new authors.
Get your ideas on to a piece of paper before you start crafting the story. Have a good idea of the flow of the plot and what will happen to the characters.
Tell your readers anything else you want to share.
In these days of uncertainty, take some time to be kind to one person today.
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