Interview With Author Gordon Gravley (Gospel For The Damned, Speculative Fiction)

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In your own words, please describe your book….

Gospel for the Damned is a work of speculative fiction about a young journalist’s three days inside the quarantined city of San Francisco. His assignment: To interview The Elliot Family, whose father, an eccentric minister, is the prime suspect in releasing the deadly Omega virus.

What is the genre?

Specifically, it is what I would call Literary-Speculative. Generally, though, I would say Science Fiction/Fantasy.

What inspired you to write this book?

The same thing that inspires all my writing: the simple need to write.

Will this book be a standalone or part of a series?

It was intended to be a single volume. But upon completing it, questions came up that I felt needed further examination, so I anticipate a sequel. However, it won’t become what I would call a series.

What books are similar to this one?

Fahrenheit 451, A Clockwork Orange, A Handmaid’s Tale

Where can readers find your book?

Right now, it is available exclusively online through Amazon.com, and the self-publishing platform I use, Createspace.

Can you tell us some about the writer behind the book?

After decades of self-doubt and errant life choices, I finally came to write Gospel for the Damned, my first novel. I’m busy working on my next two (one of which, a sequel to Gospel…). My wife and I live in the Northwest United States.

How do you come up with the titles of your book?

I start with a working title, and I as I write, its real title – what the book is really about – reveals itself. For instance, Gospel for the Damned was originally called “Plague Psalms.” Not a great title. In the process of writing, one of the characters stated, “The good news for the damned is the bond of hope it creates.” I knew at that moment what the novel was about, what the soul of the story was. And that became the title. (One dictionary definition of ‘gospel’ being: ‘good news.’)

How can readers connect with you?

Readers can visit my website: https://sites.google.com/site/gordongravleybooks/, or on Facebook. I can be contacted via email at: gordongravley@gmail.com. I can also be found on Goodreads and Freado.com, a great site to win free books.

What are you working on now?

A novel as different from Gospel… as can be, a story about a pair of out-of-work cowboys in 1910 who become seduced by the silent film industry.

Thanks for letting us interview you!

My pleasure. It was fun.

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