Thank you for taking the time to join us today John!
Q: The Twitter version: tell us about your book in 140 characters or less.
From The Dead is a human-heart story about second chances. It’s an honest journey from rock-bottom depths to the heights of victory.
Q: How did you get the idea for the story?
Driving home from work one evening, Dusty Springfield’s “Son of a Preacher Man” came on the radio. I never cared much for the song, but for the first time I paid attention to the lyrics about a straight-laced preacher’s son who falls in love with a girl from the wrong side of the tracks. Questions rose up inside me: “What if it were the opposite situation? What if the preacher’s son had hit rock bottom?” Details started to pour forth, and by the time I got home, I spent 30 minutes trying to get them on paper. The story grew from there, usually with scene ideas coming to me in the car. Obviously, the story and song ended up with nothing in common, though!
Q: Do you have any other works in progress?
Yes! When I determine my next novel, I spend a while letting it marinate inside me to give the story a chance to build naturally, to allow the pivotal scenes to rise up from within. That’s my current status. My goal is to start outlining the novel by the end of this year.
Q: Which character would you most/least like to have dinner with?
I’d most want to have dinner with Drew after he grows older. He’s pressed through a lot at an early age and has a tender heart. I’d like to get to know the strong individual he becomes.