The Disciples follows two young men who build a network to break out of poverty and gain power and riches. What was the inspiration for the setup of your story?
When I went to high school, there was a street next to the school where the kids would buy and sell drugs. It was strange to go to the school during the day and no one ever talked about it. It made it seem less than illegal, an acceptable passage of time. It inspired a conflict in my mind of what we do in society and what we talk about.
What were the morals you were trying to capture while creating your characters?
Concepts like morals took a secondary role in the quest to attain tangible goals. If the characters had more life experience, then they would have made decisions that were not so selfish. The older characters understood how the world worked, they hoped for their younger friends and family to achieve their goals while knowing that would just be the beginning of their journey. The younger characters never understood that reaching your goals is only a part of the journey. They realized after their success that achieving so much at such a young age is life altering.
What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?
The main theme is the importance of knowing why you want your dreams to come true. Without that basic knowledge, your dreams can become hollow vessels of success and alienation. A truly selfish dream will cause as much harm as good when achieved.
Will there be a follow-up novel to this story? If so, what aspects of the story will the next book cover?
The follow-up to The Disciples is called The Revolts. That story will go deeper into the science-fiction/religious conflict that I have always found interesting. Samuel Luscious makes a move to rule the world, one that will end in utter devastation.
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