Author Interview with
Author of Terror's Child
A Bit About the Book;
Why this book? Why this story?
There is a lot of suffering in the world, and it struck me that although many refer to it as a reason not to believe in a God, there are many (maybe even more) who see suffering as a reason to embrace God the more firmly. These accept the concept that God is in control, but also that he allows, and may even use suffering to prompt us toward eternal things. Along those lines there are also those who create suffering to fulfill what they believe is God’s will. This story attempts to portray these viewpoints. However, it is Christian fiction; therefore the story leans that way.
How long did it take you to write “Terror’s Child”?
I managed to write the story in four months. There were some very long days involved.
Who is your favourite character and why?
That would have to be Jasim. A man whose actions and decisions seem despicable, but whose heart and integrity prove genuine. He struggles throughout the book with questions we all face, but his zeal pushes him further than most are willing to go.
Which character is most like you?
I can see myself in most of them, but none in particular.
Are any of the characters based on living people?
No. Although people I’ve known do come to mind when depicting certain characters, I’ve based no character around anyone in particular.
There are some very confronting issues in “Terror’s Child”, are these things that you have had to deal with yourself or have you put countless hours of research into this novel?
My writing is, in part, a way of dealing with these issues, presenting them in a story that creates a specific context and personal attachment. Have I personally experienced the issues and dramas of my books characters? No. Do I think about what I would do if I was confronted with these situations? Yes. That also takes research, lots of research.
A Bit About the Author;
When you’re not writing, where would we find you?
Normally either with my family or in the garage building something. My son and youngest daughter love hanging out with me in the garage. We’ve built everything from a sword and shield to a jewelry box to an off-road buggy.
Who do you take your inspiration from? Do you have a role model?
As a Christian I aim to take example from Christ, but there have been many throughout my life you’ve shone in some way or another and demonstrated something noble to imitate; to many to mention infact.
Who is your favourite author?
In the fantasy genre I’d say Raymond. E. Feist; In the action genre, Clive Cussler; in Christian literature, Lynn Austin; historical fiction, Robert Harris, but there are many more I could add.
What are you currently reading?
Four books actually: Mourning into Dancing by Walter Wangerin, Jr; Imperium by Robert Harris; The Sorrow of War by Bao Ninh; Equinox by Michael White.
If you could be any character from any story, who would you be and why?
I think that would have to be High King Peter from the Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S.Lewis. I read and re-read these books so many times when growing up that I could recite most scenes now if ask to.
What is next for Richard Parr?
I’m currently working on a third novel, Truth to tell, which deals with the topic of skeletons in the closet and what happens when such secrets are forced out into the open.
Anything you would like to add?
Only to thank you for this opportunity and to let any readers now that I would love to hear from them if they have any comment regarding my book. I can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org
You can purchase Richard's book at; http://terrorschild.yolasite.com/