Control Over Life And Death
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Miracle Man follows an average man and librarian who discovers he has a unique gift to heal people and resurrect the dead. What was the inspiration for the setup of your story?
Most of my writing pits one or more people against an outside force. I drop ordinary, everyday characters into an impossible situation and watch them squirm. With Miracle Man, I wanted the battle to be internal. I wanted to see what it would take to turn a good man into not just a bad man, but into a monster. What better way to do that than by giving him power?
By granting Elijah control over life and death, I knew it would only be a matter of time before he started to think of himself as beyond human, meaning he would have little regard for mere mortals. And by giving him the very powers that Jesus was purported to have, the contrast between good and evil couldn’t have been more stark. Plus, I got to have fun stirring up some controversy with some of Elijah’s sermons.
Did you plan the tone and direction of the novel before writing or did it come out organically as you were writing?
I always go into a story knowing the main plot points I want to hit, but I leave myself the freedom to get there in whatever way feels right at the time. I fully intended Elijah to become bad, but honestly, he surprised me with just how far he fell, and how quickly. I generally start each writing day going over what I had written the day before, and there were times when I thought that I had gone to far and should probably dial it back. On those occasions, I would remind myself that that had been my intention from the beginning, and I would let it stand. Of course, I then had to outdo myself in the next chapter, so the plunge continued.
What character did you enjoy writing for? Was there one that was more challenging to write for?
My answer to both questions is the same. Elijah Zion. Once Milton adopted the persona of Elijah Zion, he became immensely interesting. It was a joy to write scenes of him performing literal miracles while at the same time lecturing the faithful on how ridiculous it was to have faith. There was a dichotomy there that was a lot of fun to play with. I also loved those deep dives into his psyche, seeing how he could justify his actions so seemingly rationally.
The most difficult scenes to write were when he was stroking his ego by doing some pretty despicable things to his human playthings. I drew the line at harming children in any way, but those scenes were challenging to depict in an honest and realistic way.
What is the next book that you are working on, and when can your fans expect it to be out?
The next book in the Stage 3 series should be out by spring of 2023. It is called ‘Stage 3: Delta’, featuring our familiar cast of characters along with others who will have larger roles to play later on. And hopefully by the end of the year there will be a new standalone, as yet unnamed, about a man who may or may not be losing his grip on reality.
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