Our Assumptions Are Often Very Wrong

John Selby
John Selby Author Interview

Soul Man follows a murder victim who is forced to see through his killers eyes and tries to stop him from committing another murder. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

The storyline came to me in a dream. The unique viewpoint really intrigued me.

David and the killer are intriguing and well developed characters. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?

First, thanks! Second, as noted above, the storyline came to me in a dream. As I started writing, the characters started taking shape. At several points, I did extensive rewrites as the characters developed on paper (or, more accurately, the computer screen).

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

I wanted to explore the unique viewpoint of the main character. First, to be imprisoned in a body that you had no control over. Sadly, many people experience this through disabilities. Here, though, the character knew he had to gain control — at least partially — in order to save other people’s lives.

I also wanted to pay tribute to the tremendous jobs Navy Seals (and all our military) do.

Third, I wanted to point out that our assumptions are often very wrong.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

Good question. I have several books in development — including sequels to Duty and Defiance and Soul Man, plus a romantic comedy based on my own experiences. It will probably be after the first of the year before any of them are ready for publication, let alone published.

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As snow falls, a shadowy figure murders psychiatrist David Reynolds. But when Reynolds approaches the light, he suddenly finds himself seeing through the eyes of his killer, his essence imprisoned in his killer’s body.
David realizes he must be in this position for a reason. First he must solve the mystery of why he was killed, then figure out a way to prevent his killer from killing again.
His host is a man on a mission, trained to push aside any emotions. Learning more about him, David discovers shocking secrets about his past, and the reason why he took David’s life. But can he stop him from committing another murder, and find peace for his own soul?

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