Meet Kathleen Gaffney, Author of Exodus Left
KG: My inspiration to author a book transpired rather naturally after writing for over a decade as an editorialist and guest editorialist for numerous New England daily newspapers. And although the content of my newspaper columns was rather radically different (I penned mostly about political topics) from that of my novella "Exodus Left", (a faith-based fiction based loosely on Biblical accounts) the need to have to capture a reader's interest and hold it by utilizing a mix of creative writing, oft humor, and a storyline that was intriguing - was essential within both formats. Should readers wish to access back editorials, they can do so through a query of my name and the mention of newspapers such as "The Bennington Banner" or "The North Adams Transcript" just to mention a couple or through these and other newspaper's archives.
KG: Exodus Left was first written by me in a "treatment" and "summary" format in preparation for an eventual screen or teleplay rendition. The aforementioned formats were registered with The Writer's Guild of America many years ago and it was only in 2014 that I sat down and authored this fictional novella originally geared for a Young Adult Demographic. Since its publication in late 2014, there has already been sizeable interest from production companies and an agent potentially seeking to have the book adapted to the screen, as was my original concept and hope.
Exodus Left is a novella that tells the story of Jesus Christ (at least that is the presumption made by most readers as well as many of the characters within the book itself) who comes to walk the Earth one last time near the end of days to salvage mankind...this time around in twenty-first Century America. Although originally written with the Young Adult demographic in mind, the book has found fans amongst adult readers who seem to appreciate the sensitive and often humorous manner "Jesus" (i.e.: "Christopher" as the main character) immerses Himself into modern day life whilst still determined to preach, teach, and instill to the world all the same morals and dogma He did over two thousand years ago. It appears that despite the fact that the world has changed so immensely in terms of technology, science and medicine - our core values of love and respect and decency all, in the end, must remain unchanged. At the book's conclusion, whether or not this man was Jesus reincarnate or simply just an exceptionally good, kind-hearted soul so many wanted to believe in and follow - remains almost unimportant, for it is how we each govern our lives that is of the utmost importance.
BBB: Tell us about your main character?
KG: Christopher, as described in question two, is for all intents and purpose - Jesus reincarnate. The story follows his "unusual" birth in Bethlehem, PA at some point in time within the 21st Century through His adolescence and into His adulthood. He appears to work miracles including healing the infirmed and raising the dead as well as spreading a plethora of love, light, and - some mystery - in all He becomes involved in. Christopher's actions and deeds and all He professes mirror the Biblical works and words of Jesus, but set in modern day times -- to the bemusement of my readership as well as to His own family members and all those lives He touches within the story itself.
KG: Shortly after Exodus Left was published, my husband Frank passed away very unexpectedly. Consequently, I am devoting all my current time to healing from his loss - something that my book Exodus Left has helped me in doing - also very unexpectedly. This work truly, in my opinion, is a work that exudes some spiritual inspiration as well as divine intervention.
BBB: How can readers discover more about you and your work?
KG: Readers may contact me directly by visiting Exodus Left on Facebook. The novella is available in specific bookstores as well as through the internet at Amazon or Barnes & Noble sites.