THE DREAM PASTOR
The carnal dreams of Minister Michael Parks have added serious weight to the decision he now faces regarding whether or not he will accept the position of Pastor that is now before him. Michael is unaware that The Darkness uses the dreams of mankind and the vulnerability of dreaming to influence the subconscious during its wakened state; a form of manipulation used to tip the scale of conflict in the supernatural war The Darkness wages against Man. Book One is the beginning of the journey of Michael Parks and his ascension to that of the Dream Pastor to those of The Light that come against he that us is exposed in the Book of Revelation, the destroyer Apollyon.
"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." Ephesians 6:12
Most of us are oblivious to the darkness that not only exist in the shadows, but also in those who walk amongst us who are not... us. Its been over thirty-five years since the succubus Sister Griffin put an end to Pastor Rish, now she is back to do the same to Jason his son; to forever silence the Word of God that will one day emanate from within him. Will The Remnant and its spiritual leader Elder Curry arrive in time to foil the machinations of Satan and the demonic host of fallen angels such as Sister Griffin who follow him?
THE THIRD ADAM
In an alternate realm of possibility the ruling world government is ran by the Roman Catholic Church, more commonly known as the 'Ecclesia.' The Ecclesia not only thrives foundationally on it own slant of religion and politics, but the advance technology it has developed to monitor, control and manipulate. Unbeknownst to the Church its technology has become both sentient and psychotic. The Technology has come to the conclusion that the Church and all of mankind has lost its way; that the only means of salvation will come by way of a new Savior the Third Adam, an artificial life form developed by the Ecclesia which the Technology is determined to use as means set both the Church and all of mankind on a road to it's own interpretation of salvation.
Charles is a writer of both fiction and non-fiction works. His latest published project Trifecta: Book One borrows from Christianity, the Supernatural and Science Fiction to create the unique stories (The Dream Pastor, Six-One-Two and The Third Adam) that exist within it.
Charles is also a multi-instrumentalist with experience in both martial arts instruction and competition. He is an Information Technology professional who also spends time visiting state and federal prisons as a part of ‘Champions for Life’ which encourages inmates in making permanent life changing decisions.
1. When did you decide to start writing?
I started writing and composing stories at an early age, it has only been within the last five years or so that I have become both ‘serious’ and ‘focused’ about doing something with the ideas and stories that visit me from time to time.
2. What genre do you write in and why?
It is a blend of Christian Fiction, the Supernatural and a dash of Science Fiction.
Though there are other stories I have written within other genres (none published at this point in time), the aforementioned has always been the place my mind likes to spend most of its creative time.
3. Were you worried about the word count of your work?
I almost always write from an outline. I use mind mapping as an outline tool, my choice of software being “Freemind” because I can use it for other facets of my life both personal and professional. For the most part the outline will have the beginning, parts of the middle and the story’s end. As I write I only have to fill in the gaps in the outline. This process, at least for me takes care of the word count without me expending any conscious effort to do so.
4. Do you have any writing quirks and what are they?
None that I am consciously aware of, though I will say there are times I write best when my mind is most troubled, when I need a distraction from what everyday living has to offer; other times there might be a concept or theme I wish to explore (i.e. metaphysics, eschatology) in a fictional context, then perhaps I might wrap a story around it.
5. If you can describe your novel in one word, what would it be and why?
The three stories in the book collectively contain quite a few unrelated themes… religion, science, the supernatural, eschatology, metaphysics and dreaming. It is my hope though that the manner in which the stories are executed makes all the blending kind of seamless and worth the reader’s investment of time.
6. How did you decide on the title and what does it mean?
Using the definition from the Macmillan Dictionary…”Trifecta: A series or set of three things or influences”.
The book is the first part of three separate stories whose influences are different, but thematically still fit together between two covers. I am fond of the word because it is both simple and elegant at explaining something so basic and rudimentary.
I so often wish the titles to my stories would come to me as easily as the actual outlines. In a way I am glad they don’t, it’s liberating for me to write without a working title hanging over my head dictating the contents of what I am writing. Without a working title I am free to live within my outline (which I give myself freedom to change). On rare occasions a title my come to mind prematurely (early in the process); if that is the case, I write within the comfort of knowing my imagination co-signed off on it.
7. What do you hope your readers will get out of reading your novel?
A sense that they have read something that is both original and entertaining; nowadays one never knows if the two are necessarily mutually exclusive to one another.
8. Tell us a little about your road to publication.
In the very beginning I think fretting over if I was going to get published or not hung over my head like a huge cloud. It greatly interfered with my focus to complete any writing project I started. I have always been more interested in the creative process and being able to share my creations with others than the prospect of making money or becoming a famous author, but what is the point if once done I would not have the means to substantially share them with others? At the time the only other major alternative was Vanity Publishing, a business paradigm where the publisher makes its’ up front money off of the author. I find it incredible that I still run into people who still use this method. Self publishing has been around a bit with entities such as Lulu and now CreateSpace, but distribution and quick turn around to the potential reader was in the earlier days problematic. So much has changed now, I publish under my own company ANAID Publishing and I have no upfront cost when I partner with entities such as Amazon for distribution. I also take advantage of using their Expanded Distribution Channel service and every week I see my book offered from entities I never would have been able to reach out and touch on my own. Barnes and Nobles will be offering a similar service by the end of summer called ‘PubIt’, I plan to use it as well.
There are those who say if you self publish your work that a major publisher will not touch you for reasons that go beyond our discussion; bottom line is if it is good and it sells it will garner interest. One of the most recent examples of a successful self published book is ‘The Shack’ by William P. Young.
9. What advice can you give other aspiring authors out there?
Shakespeare said it best in ‘Hamlet’ through Polonius “To thine own self be true.” If you reflect that within your writing, your approach to your work and personal being then your work will always resonant authentically with someone, somewhere; and on those days when it feels like that someone is absolutely no-one, then ultimately that someone will be you… and you’ll be fine with that and still have peace.
I would like to thank Charles for taking the time to participate in this author interview series. If you want to know more about Trifecta, you can visit the website here. Stay tuned for more author interviews next week.