I’ve been thinking for months about having someone interview me about my book, and after mulling over who would be the best person for the job, I decided that it would be easiest if I just did it myself. If truth be told, I was actually too lazy to go out and find someone to lead a proper interview. So here it is. An interview of me done by me. Enjoy.
R Duncan Williams the Interviewer: Thank you, R Duncan, for taking the time to share with your readers insights about your book. And I must say that you’re looking quite fit and trim.
R Duncan Williams the Interviewee: Why thank you, both for having me and for that very gracious, unsolicited compliment.
R Duncan Williams the Interviewer: So, Thinkwave, your book...Let’s begin with the target audience. Who did you have in mind when you wrote the story?
R Duncan Williams the Interviewee: Fantastic question. Great way to begin the interview. Um…let’s see…That’s actually kind of a tough question to answer. I don’t really think I had a specific target audience in mind, unless of course, you consider everyone and every age a target audience.
R Duncan Williams the Interviewer: Just a bit broad (chuckling). But seriously, how can a book have such a wide appeal?
R Duncan Williams the Interviewee: Because it’s a two-tiered tale. On one level it’s a fantastical, action-packed fantasy adventure that captivates young readers, but on another level, the story explores deeper issues that are relevant to all ages.
R Duncan Williams the Interviewer: Deeper issues?
R Duncan Williams the Interviewee: Yes. You see, the entire story is actually a parable that offers a fresh perspective on the power of our thoughts and how they can, for good or for bad, affect the environment of our lives: our career, our family, our friends, and even our faith.
R Duncan Williams the Interviewer: Can you provide an example from the book of it being a parable?
R Duncan Williams the Interviewee: Sure. At the beginning of the story, the protagonist, Harvey George, is apprehended by an alien hound dog and warped to the planet of Ecclon, which is the gateway planet to every other world in the universe. As Ecclon goes, so does everything else. Soon after arriving, Harvey learns that evil forces are poised to take over the planet, and that he is the planet’s last and best hope to remain free. That’s the fantastical adventure part, but Ecclon actually represents the human mind, and Harvey’s battle to keep the planet free is akin to the battles we all wage on a daily basis with the thoughts in our own heads. You know, the lies we tend to believe about ourselves and our abilities.
R Duncan Williams the Interviewer: So, has it been popular with more mature readers?
R Duncan Williams the Interviewee: Yes, in fact, one of my favorite responses came from a seventy-five-year-old woman who sent me card and shared with me the impact the book made on her life.
R Duncan Williams the Interviewer: I assume you kept that note.
R Duncan Williams the Interviewee: Taped to the wall right above my computer.
R Duncan Williams the Interviewer: Now I understand that there is a spiritual element to the story. Weren’t you worried about possibly turning people away by including such an element?
R Duncan Williams the Interviewee: Not at all. We humans, whether we want to admit or not, are all desperately spiritual. It’s woven into the very nature of who we are, or as I like to think, placed there. We’re all hungering for something that transcends our mere physical lives. It’s a foundational part of the human condition, so it makes sense, to me at least, that it should be a fundamental element in a story.
R Duncan Williams the Interviewer: Many people who’ve read the first book are wondering if there will be a sequel. Anything in the works?
R Duncan Williams the Interviewee: There is. I ended Thinkwave with quite a cliffhanger so I didn’t really have a choice in the matter. The second book, Thinkwave II, Through the Phantasian, is finished and is currently going through the editing process. I’m hoping for a May 2016 release.
R Duncan Williams the Interviewer: Is the second book similar to the first, two-tiered, and a parable?
R Duncan Williams the Interviewee: It is, and the second has even more action!
R Duncan Williams the Interviewer: So if someone wants to read the first book, how can he or she obtain a copy of Thinkwave?
R Duncan Williams the Interviewee: So glad you asked. It’s available online at Amazon in Kindle or paperback. You can also read more about the book at my website rduncanwilliams.com
R Duncan Williams the Interviewer: Once again, thank you for taking the time to chat with me today.
R Duncan Williams the Interviewee: My pleasure. I always enjoy your company!