- Tell us about your main characters- what makes them tick?
Peter believes in his nickname and his role of leading the remaining apostles in supporting the endeavor of the Miracle Ladies. He will however be forced to challenge his allegiance when matters go out of his control.
Doug Maine writes about the unexplainable and other strange occurrences. He is fascinated by the world of the supernatural.
Guillermo Ricci has a secret passion following a discovery he made studying world religions. This passion becomes his obsession with the Miracle Ladies.
Ramon Garcia is a proud professor who believes in his assessment and views of religions worldwide. He is very condescending towards Doug Maine who he categorizes as a semi-lunatic in search of thrills through the unexplainable.
Theresa Churchill is an enigmatic woman with unclear aspirations. Her true colors will show eventually.
Krystelle Vignelot is determined to fulfill her mission as required by the Pope. Her similar background to Guillermo will bring her to work with the latter and their joint investigation will prove to be a white-knuckle ride.
The man who calls himself The Redeemer is obsessed with the promising, yet unknown culmination of his work, the Miracle Ladies.
Ghost was first obsessed with finding the civilians that had disappeared following the story of Fantasy Man. His obsession is diverted to the Redeemer and the Miracle Ladies despite himself.
- Who designed your book covers?
The cover for ‘The Storyteller’s Nights’ was designed and drawn by myself. If I succeed in a revised edition at some point in the future, I will resort to external help.
Mirador Publishing proposed the covers for Fantasy Man and The Miracle Ladies, following various ideas that I brought forward.
The cover for the original edition of ‘Les Nuits du Conteur’, the French version of ‘The Storyteller’s Nights’, resulted from a long search from various pictures with no proprietary notice on the internet. The cover for the revised edition came from Éditions Saint-Honoré, the French publisher.
The cover for ‘Revanche’ is one of my drawings. Éditions Saint-Honoré, the French publisher has adapted it for the cover.
- If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
For ‘Revanche’, I would be delighted to have the leading ladies as Charlize Theron and Jessica Alba. I truly don’t know about the leading man yet.
For The Miracle Ladies, I am looking at a blank page in terms of selecting actors for the various roles. In all honesty, it would be a project in itself for me to research and identify actors for the characters.
- What is your favorite part of this book and why?
The Miracle Ladies is a joy ride in terms of writing experience. It’s hard to pinpoint an actual favorite part but for the sake of answering the question with a specific part, the unfolding of the light and sound show towards the end of the story is a great scene. It was a gratifying culmination of events.
- If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?
I would want to spend time with Krystelle Vignelot because of her combined simple and straightforward personality as well as her determination. Then, there’s also Doug Maine and his fascination for the unexplained.
- Fun Facts/Behind the Scenes/Did You Know?'-type tidbits about the author, the book or the writing process of the book.
It all starts with an idea… a simple event of daily life: something someone would say, a scenery in a book, a painting or a picture, a dream that triggers such a powerful thought sequence that one feels compelled to investigate and eventually write about. Sources of inspiration are quasi-endless.
Did you know? I have to travel a lot for my engineering work. It occurred to me that these travels would serve the additional purpose of me identifying and remembering places of interest that could be used as part of the storyline. All my books are filled with such places.
The writing process can only properly start with the main idea, a strong skeleton that will hold the story all the way. Then, once the writing process has started, it is amazing in my personal experience how there is a connection that happens between the writer and the Universal consciousness. Ideas that were not thought of suddenly creep in, a phrase on a newspaper, a comment on the news, hearing a few words of a conversation between people, everything becomes a source of inspiration. But then, as a writer, it becomes essential to listen to the silent messages of the Universe. When the writing feels difficult when it becomes clear that the inspiration is not quite there and the energy is not flowing freely, leave the writing and go and do something completely different for a while. Do not get frustrated. Just let it go until you feel compelled to return to the writing. You’ll be surprised as to how well it will all come together then.