I am drawn to books with existential themes and stories that make me think about humanity and the world in a different light. For this reason, George Orwell is my favorite author and his 1984 is my favorite read of all time.
Inspirations for the book?
Breaking the Devil’s Heart is an out of the ordinary novel primarily because it deals with grandiose themes in a light hearted, almost tongue and cheek manner. For example, Hell is an office, Satan is the CEO, and demons sell evil as a product. However, there are some serious, real world issues that I address in the story. Honor Killings, genocide, the Civil Rights Movement, Hiroshima, and other historical events are mentioned in the novel, but in ways that readers can learn from and find palatable. There’s even a game show in Heaven called Heavenly Charades, where the protagonist goes back in time and has to find the one word that can defeat evil entirely from planet Earth.
Basically, I wanted to write a story that years from now, people might find not just amusing, but thought provoking. The overall inspiration for Breaking the Devil’s Heart comes from my belief that human beings, although innately good, are sometimes easily misled by their own belief systems into committing horrific evil in a casual, almost bureaucratic manner.
Did you know you wanted to be an author when you were little?
I wanted to be a fireman.
Any Pet Peeves?
Waiting in long lines, traffic (which is kind of like waiting in long lines), and when my cell phone loses reception.
Chocolate or Peanut Butter?
Chocolate, no question about it.
The weirdest thing you've ever done?
When I was young, I used to be quite chubby. So, my buddy and I hatched a plan to use my weight to our advantage. He would run alongside me while grabbing hold of the side of my body and when we’d reach a group of our friends, he’d hurl me at them like a bowling ball hitting pins. So, I became an eleven year old bowling ball. This story is more an example of stupidity than anything bizarre, but I guess that’s the first thing that comes to mind.
Is there a soundtrack to the book?
I’d say punk music, probably something from the Ramones. Really, any Ramones song would do just fine.
Do you need anything to write?
I like to write with a documentary in the background; something thought provoking or inspiring. I must have watched Martin Scorsese's Public Speaking about 50 times while writing the novel.
How long do you write on any average day?
For Breaking the Devil’s Heart, it varied from eight hours some days to a couple of minutes, depending on if I was stressing out about a word or sentence or if I trusted myself to let the story flow from my mind to the page.
Give us the number one reason to read your book.
I can assure you that you’ve never read a book like Breaking the Devil’s Heart in your life. This sounds a bit arrogant, but I’ve heard that sentiment time and time again in reviews.
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