So my friend EmilyTimbol-Reeves just tagged me for this synchroblog thingie called The Next Big Thing Blog Hop. Apparently I write about my upcoming book and then tag five of my blogging friends so they can do the same thing. I'm actually not working on a book right now. I wrote two back-to-back, so I don't want to focus on any particular projects right now until I find something I can be as passionate about as I was with In Praise of the Doubting Thomas.
So for today I'm going to talk some more about Doubting Thomas. I'm writing about this e-book instead of O Come Emmanuel because I'm much prouder of Doubting Thomas.
What is the working title for your book? The full title is In Praise of the Doubting Thomas: How to Doubt without Losing Your Faith.
Where did the idea come from for the book? I'm glad you asked. First I was going through my usual angst-ridden armchair philosopher crap where all the questions I had about God began to overwhelm me. That's when I first started outlining Doubting Thomas in my head. And then when my friend Julie lost her two-year-old daughter Cora, I realized I just had to tell the story. So I combined the two--my questions and Cora's death--and came up with this e-book.
What genre does your book fall under? It's a combination of memoir, philosophy, and Christian nonfiction.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? I don't think you can film this book. There aren't even a lot of characters in the book; it's mainly my partner Sean and me. But if I had my way, Taylor Lautner would play Sean ('cause they're both gorgeous!) and Michael Cera would play me. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?In Praise of the Doubting Thomas is a story about why I have my doubts about God, and why I still believe. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? I self-published this book. Since it's a short e-book, I figured self-publishing would be the best way to do it. If I ever write a longer book--around 150 pages or more--I'll get an agent. But for now, I'm happy with short e-books.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? About two and a half months.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? Probably Evolving in Monkey Town by Rachel Held Evans. That and O Me of Little Faith by Jason Boyett.
Who or What inspired you to write this book? My friend Julie. I thought maybe it could help her during the grieving process.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? It's only $2.99.