BBB: What inspired you to become a writer?
GM: I have enjoyed writing and storytelling ever since I was in the First grade and received high praise for a story I did. It was a simple story, but it was First grade, and I liked the feeling it brought in return. I liked the way it made people feel when they read it, and that made me feel good. It had a trickle down affect. Moving ahead in years as an English Major in college, I studied great writers like Henry David Thoreau and his Walden Pond, in which he described his life in the woods with precision-detail. We picked apart Shakespeare, which was a very difficult task, but all the world’s a stage, and my stage was set.
GM: The idea for this book came after reading the book, “Twenty Cases Suggestive of Reincarnation, by Ian Stevenson. This book was about the spontaneous recall of previous lives by children. I was so fascinated by these children in third world countries recalling lives of people who had died and had lived an unreachable distance from these kids. Researchers would then follow the kids claims and travel to talk to the surviving members of the deceased’s family. The claims of the children exactly portrayed the deceased, sometimes including the language the y spoke, and with information that nobody other than the deceased would know. Desert Son evolved from this book.
BBB: Tell us about your main character Carter Spence.
GM: Carter Spence is an ordinary guy just out of college and living at home with his parents. He is an accountant working with his father at the accounting firm his father owns. He is an only child, and economic reasons keep him in the nest until he is financially ready to venture out into the world. One day his world turns upside down when a Sunday trip with his parents turns fatal. His parents are dead at the scene of the accident, and Carter finds himself out of his body and looking down at the accident. He learns then that his parents may not be his biological parents, and his mission is to question everything he ever knew to find out his true identity. He is confused, pissed off, and sad about losing the security of his own identity.
BBB: What do you hope readers enjoy most about your book?
GM: I want readers to appreciate the twists and turns this book takes; the way the story unfolds and the bizarre ending. The subject matter is bizarre to begin with, but the way the story unravels, especially at the end, makes for a very interesting turn of events. I think readers will love this about the book.
GM: I have been dabbling with another book, and even began writing a first chapter, but I’m not convinced it’s the right project at this point in my life. As soon as Desert Son gets released, I will be able to focus on book #3. I have some ideas, but nothing in stone.
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