After the second book, the series was picked up by a publisher (Thomas & Mercer). Mainly the delay was due to contract negotiations and such, but I expect much smoother sailing from here on out. I don’t know for sure yet, but I would expect the gap between books in this series going forward to be much closer to one year than two.
You have just released your third novel in your Dominic Grey series, how has your writing process changed from your first book to your third book? What have you learned about yourself in this time?
The writing process is both easier and more difficult. Easier, because I really know the main characters. Harder, because I work very hard to keep the content fresh and the locations indelible and the character arcs arcing. What have I learned about myself? I leave it all on the page . . . .
The religious cults within your novels seem so real, with you knowing the inner workings of them, are the cults portrayed in your novels real?
Who says I don’t know the inner workings of them? Ha! I do extensive research for these novels, of all varieties. It sort of depends on each particular novel and cult as to how much is real and how much is fictionalized, but I do like to operate within the framework of reality (whatever that is). One reason I chose a religious phenomenologist as a co-protagonist is because belief is a very subjective thing, regardless of whatever meta-truths exist. Also, to be clear, I absolutely do not speak to the validity of any religion or cult portrayed within the novels, and often extrapolate certain elements for the purpose of the story. As does anyone who writes fiction.
How do you choose a religious cult or cult aspect to feature in your novel?
There is plenty of source material, let me tell you. I have lots of ideas for these novels, and usually simply choose the one that is most compelling to me at the time.
I do not think there is any denying that your novels are well researched, where is your favorite place to find your information?
The third novel The Diabolist now appears to have two main characters with Radek becoming almost the center of most of the investigation with this novel, is this going to continue in future novels?
For that you’ll have to wait and see (I’m not even sure myself). I’ll utilize whatever the story arc calls for. But I don’t think either protagonist is going anywhere.
What do you think is the most defining characteristic of Grey and Radek?
Grey: His struggle to understand himself
Viktor: His search for truth.
Is there a planned or set number of books for your Dominic Grey series?
Not yet. One can never say for sure, but I plan on writing many more Grey novels.
Do you have any information to share with us about upcoming events, works or projects?
I’m working on the fourth Grey novel right now, and it will be set in Miami and south of the border – way south. I also just finished the first draft of a new fantasy series, and have a few stand alone novels I am polishing.
Do you have one book that you have read in the past year that is must read?
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. It came out over a year ago, but wow, I loved that book.
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