We Are Born With A Specific Destiny

Author Interview
Olivia Godat Author Interview

The Final Eight Seconds follows a man in the hospital who has to examine his life and choices before a committee in the afterlife. I think this original idea is intriguing. How did you come up with this idea and develop it into a story?

Some years ago, I heard the expression “Each of us are born into this world with a specific destiny, even though we may never know what it is.” This idea has stayed with me, and eventually I had to write about it.

What were the morals you were trying to capture while creating your characters?

Kindness, generosity, loyalty, honesty, helpfulness. While the characters were far from perfect, they were basically “good” guys.

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

Choices. The protagonist usually acted instinctively, which caused him to often make wrong choices and to lose the only woman he ever loved. However, ultimately destiny (his? hers?) brought them together.

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

My next book explores reincarnation. It will be at least one year before it is ready.

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Joey McBride, a rodeo cowboy, is thrown and severely injured by a mean-tempered bull. As he lies in a hospital bed, an angel appears at his side and tells him that she is a procurement agent delivering him to the Disbursement Department, where a Committee will determine his ultimate fate based on his life story. Joey is hesitant to go with her, as he has not attended church in many years and fears that he will not be deemed worthy.

Olivia Godat’s The Final Eight Seconds is a thought-provoking exploration of man’s weaknesses and ultimate end. Through Joey’s story, she examines the power of faith and the choices we make in life, and the consequences that follow.

Posted on May 23, 2023, in Interviews and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.


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