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We Are Born With A Specific Destiny

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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.

The Final Eight Seconds 

Olivia Godat’s The Final Eight Seconds is a moving novella that delves into the life of rodeo cowboy Joey McBride. Following a violent goring from a bull during a rodeo, Joey is transported to the hospital, where he finds himself at death’s door. However, instead of giving up, Joey is given the opportunity to recount his life story to the afterlife, detailing his journey from childhood to his passion for rodeo and the people he met along the way.

The book immediately captivates the reader with its action-packed opening, vividly depicting the moments leading up to Joey’s fall and the atmosphere of the rodeo. Through well-written prose and effective pacing, the author keeps the reader on the edge of their seat, eagerly anticipating the next twist in Joey’s story. Throughout the book, the author’s use of descriptive language is exceptional, effectively creating a vivid picture of life as a rodeo cowboy, the landscapes, and the characters that populate Joey’s world.

The author’s writing style has an excellent flow, making it easy to lose oneself in the story. Joey’s character and motivations are explored in-depth, making him a relatable and well-rounded protagonist. The book’s exploration of Joey’s life and his struggles after the death of his parents adds depth to his character and makes his story all the more compelling. The other characters in the book are also well-written, and their interactions with Joey help to flesh out his story. The tender romance between Joey and Margene, his friend CJ’s sister, is both touching and sad, adding another layer of emotion to the book.

The book’s structure is excellent, starting and ending with a dramatic sequence of action that ties everything together. Overall, The Final Eight Seconds is a tender-hearted story that is both engaging and emotionally resonant, making it a must-read for fans of Western literature.

Pages: 104 | ISBN : 1639888055

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