Hi, and thank you for having me.
Tell us about your book!
Well, In the Beginning is like no other book you’ve ever read, the concept that is. I challenge anyone to find another book with its premise. In it I’ve mixed fact with fiction to come up with plausible answers to Earth’s ancient mysteries, why we have lost knowledge and what man is truly capable of doing. It’s not action packed or fast paced but it is thought provoking and definitely a page turner. The main character, Biblical archaeologist Justin Dickerson, sets out on a quest to find what secrets lie hidden in 2,000 year old manuscripts that were found with the Dead Sea Scrolls in the caves at Qumran. And what she finds is going to going to make you “drop your jaw!”
What are the ingredients of a good conspiracy theory?
In my book, the main character just has one going on in her head. No one else believes it, and the reader knows for a fact what really happened. That aside, I think that the ingredients needed in writing a good conspiracy theory are suspense, a secret governmental organization and an evil plan. Hey, that sounds good – maybe I’ll write it into my sequel . . .
I think most of us writers and readers are fascinated by the way a novel is written. Can you share a little bit about your writing process?
No one would want to imitate my writing process. I don’t think that anyone could. I write on napkins and receipts and on back of envelopes. I have notebooks that I write things down in but my son says that they look like the ramblings of a madman. I write up the side of the paper, along the margins in very small print or sometimes large print across the whole page. Whenever I think of something I want to include in a book, I jot it down on the closest thing to me. Then, when I’m ready to write, I go and gather all the handwritten notes and type them into the word processor. At some point I try to make all that nonsense into some kind of order. It works for me, but I’m sure that would drive other people crazy.
Who are some of your literary influences?
I really don’t have any literary influences. I was in school for so long that all I read were textbooks. I’m really just learning to appreciate a good fiction book again.
Ok, let’s wrap up with a fun question! What is the best writer fuel - chocolate? Coffee? Madeleines?
For me, chocolate wins out every time. It wins out no matter what the other choices are. So, (looking around) do you have any chocolate you’d like to share?
If you wait another couple of hours, I will actually be taking a chocolate cake out of the oven! I'll send a virtual slice your way. Thank you so much for joining us on the Freelance and Fiction blog!
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