Gospel Of The Damned; hosted by Fire And Ice Book Tours
"What does your Gospel say to you?"
Virtual Book Tour Dates:2/17/14 - 3/17/14
Literary Goodreads Direct Link
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/ 18296629-gospel-for-the-damned? from_search=true
Set against the backdrop of a city under quarantine, Gospel for the Damned is an episodic and introspective novel that follows young journalist Aaron Garrett on his three day assignment within sequestered San Francisco.
His assignment: Interview The Elliots family of the missing minister suspected of releasing the deadly Omega virus.
What he finds is a fractured community and a myriad of ways of facing hopelessness: clinging to normalcy in banal routines; thrill seeking in dangerous truth-or-dare games; mercy killing and federally sanctioned euthanasia; embracing sorrow through macabre celebrations; and searching for God where faith has been abandoned.
Together with The Elliot Family, Aaron embarks on a mission to save someone, anyone, from a doomed existence.
This is Gordon Gravley’s first literary work, and its philosophica leanings may very well provoke questions of your own about the world we live in, and the future we face.
It was an opportunity that would make my career or crumble it, and I’d like to say it came to me by way of my diligence and journalistic talent.
But truthfully, I was given the assignment for the simple reason that I was the only one on staff at the Sound who tested as resistant to the Omega virus it was my luck to be in the 2 percent of the nation immune to a disease that, to date, had wiped out a third of the West Coast’s population.
1.What was the inspiration behind Gospel for the Damned?
Generally, my inspiration comes from the simple need to write. I get a bit unpleasant to be around if go too long without doing some kind of writing whether it's my latest novel or a short blog post.
That's why I write for at least an hour every day Specifically, the inspiration for Gospel for the Specifically, the inspiration for Gospel for the Damned came from a short story I wrote in the early 90's about a group of teens living in a dystopian society who play dangerous truth-or-dare games to overcome their fear of the world around them.
The story was never published because, honestly, it wasn't very good. But it planted a seed that decades later grew into my first novel. society who play dangerous truth-or-dare games to overcome their fear of the world around them.
The story was never published because, honestly, it wasn't very good. But it planted a seed that decades ater grew into my first novel.
2.What was it like for you writing this book?
At first, a struggle, as I had no clue what I was doing I didn't know how to organize and assimilate all the characters and events that filled my little brain.
Went through multiple rewrites and waves of frustration. Then, it came to me, in a kind of epiphany, to build the narrative around a young journalist (the book's main character, Aaron Garrett who was as unsure of himself as I was.
Aaron served as the hub which brought all the other elements to the story into a singularly cohesive whole. With Aaron in place, the writing became immensely easier, almost effortless.
3.What do you want taken from this book?
My book, I think, is about a lot of things. My ntention was to ask questions and let the reader intention was to ask questions and let the reader derive their own answers.
Through my novel, wonder about the subjects of hopelessness, euthanasia, and God without religion.
It's nice to spark the same curiosity in others, but It's nice to spark the same curiosity in others, but mostly I just want people to enjoy a good read.
4.What entity other than family motivates you?
As I believe it is with any writer or artist, the need to create is quite powerful and tangible, such that it could be considered an entity in itself.
5.What has been your 3 main struggles as a writer?
My lack of experience in writing something as daunting as a novel; finding time to write, as I have to work full-time; and a sometimes debilitating fea of failure.
6. How has your support been?
Family and friends have been my best support Heck, pretty much my only support.
It's been difficult to pique the interest of readers enough to purchase a copy of my book.
I have received positive reviews from a few giveaway winners, however.
7.What are three quirky things about you?
My wife says there's nothing quirky about me. But, guess some quirky-like things might be: I have an old sphynx (hairless) cat named Hieronymus; the only part of the newspaper I read are the comics and I own all 26 films in the Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman series.
8. When writing, do you sip on coffee, wine or nothing at all?
I write primarily in the early morning and have a cup.
9.How do you deal with writers block?
I don't really get writer's block. Writing is a process of challenges, really. When I'm just sitting and staring at my computer, I'm actually working through the next challenge - looking for the righ word, constructing a smooth transition between word, constructing a smooth transition between paragraphs, deciding if a character should live or die.
Any number of things can pose a literary conundrum. But I don't consider it a blockage, just part of the process. I have a post on my blog - paragraphs, deciding if a character should live or die paragraphs, deciding if a character should live or die Any number of things can pose a literary conundrum.
But I don't consider it a blockage, jus part of the process. I have a post on my blog ggwritinglife.blogspot.com - that goes into depth about this exact topic.
10.What food describes your book?
Something with complex flavors and a little spice ike a coconut curry.
11.Any last words?
I appreciate your blog audience for taking a minute of their day to read this
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About Gordon Gravley
After decades of self-doubt and errant life choices, Gordon Gravley finally came to write this, his first novel, and is now diligently working on his next two. He and his wife currently reside in the Northwestern United States.
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Seven lucky winners will win a signed print copy of Gospel for the Damned. The giveaway will run the length of the tour USA only please.
Direct Link to Giveaway:
https:// www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/ 79110