Today's guest is Alex McCann Johnson, and his novel, Vindico: I Am Liberation, is the first of a trilogy about mythological characters.
Welcome to the blog, Alex! Could you tell us a little bit about your novel?
Vindico grew up knowing that he was a special god, who somehow has the power to give an afterlife to gods, immortals, and titans, even though he does not know how. Yet on the horizon, war is coming, and he must help the gods and immortals achieve an afterlife while the titans fight against it in hopes of keeping humanity in their control. Vindico refuses to be a pawn and is determined to go his own way.
The god Apollo puts a halt to such notions, telling Vindico that he must accept his fate. Along with his new friends, Logan, a kind-hearted mortal, and Zirk, a former human turned immortal, Vindico prepares for the coming battle.
The war that every religion and every culture has predicted begins, and the ancient mythological figures use Earth as their battleground. Vindico must prepare to meet his destiny, even if it means all of humanity will be lost.
What led you to write this book?
I grew up loving mythology and the different cultures around the world. I could not help but try to grasp all the different gods and goddesses. With my imagination running rampant as I heard these stories in my classes, I wondered, “What if these stories actually had some truth to them?” Of course, I had to create the main character, and with Vindico, I was able to explore the different mythological figures and try to bring them to life the best I could. I mean, if you could see your favorite god or goddess, what would you expect?
How did you find a fresh way to depict ancient mythological gods? Why do you think myths are fascinating?
Most gods have certain things about them that stand out. Apollo had his blonde hair and boyish figure. Thor looks built and you know him by his hammer, normally. Set, you notice by the odd, dog-looking head; it is still not known what kind of animal it is for sure. Now, when I create the characters, I have to keep the simple things in consideration. They have to look the part. If Hades was not the God of the Underworld and just sat on a thrown in a cave with no power, would you think he was interesting?
Which authors inspire you?
I love to read! Dante’s The Divine Comedy is a must read, along with Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.
What is your best advice on writing?
Keep writing, you can only get better! It may take years to write your first book, but it is worth it in the end.
Thanks so much for stopping by, Alex!
“If you asked me what my name meant, I would only tell you what it entails, and you can go from there. Liberation, because I am to liberate the gods, titans, and immortals from their eternal damnation. Punishment, because there is definitely some need for that in this world. And, of course, justice. Well, if there is punishment that needs to be dealt, then there is justice that needs to give good cause. I am not here to just save the gods, or the titans, at that. I come to save everyone that needs to be saved.”
Alex McCann Johnson and his novel can be found here.