Interview with Michael Alexander, author of The Seventh Day

Publisher: iUniverse

Publish Date: August 31, 2012

Order From:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: Detective Nick McCallister investigates a rash of suicides-three on the south end and three on the west end, his own son Justin among them. Something evil is happening in the city. McCallister comes face to face with that evil when Satan's personal assistant Nathan appears in his living room late one night and asks if he's ready for the truth. While an escape from reality is actually what he wants, McCallister knows Nathan must be stopped-but he has no idea how to proceed.

McCallister is already being sucked downward by the emotional undercurrent from a failing marriage, Justin's suicide, and the investigation of his own police force over the grim murder of a local African American civil rights activist.

He's drawn into the ugliest corners of a truth he never could have imagined, a world where the myths of civilization are exposed, the Inquisition analyzed, and the Holy Bible rewritten. McCallister is challenged to determine what is truly good and what is truly evil after he realizes his son and his wife have made their own informed and untimely decisions.

Author Interview: Q. Please tell us about your current release.

A. My fast-paced, thought-provoking thriller, The Seventh Day, suggests that the notion that our solar system was created in seven actual days is taken too literally. The novel suggests that the solar system was actually created in seven phases in time, marked by significant scientific events, and that we are actually living in the seventh day - when God is resting. Because God is resting, the world is plagued by catastrophic disasters, terrorism, murder, war, disease, and much more. While God rests, Satan is planning to rise up. He is assembling an army of his own demons, and the souls of those humans who have been convinced to commit suicide and join him.

Detective Nick McCallister is responsible for investigating these suicides when he too encounters the face of evil in Nathan, Satan's personal assistant, who asks if he’s ready for the truth. Already reeling from his own son’s death, his failing marriage and the ongoing investigation of the death of a local African-American civil rights activist, McCallister realizes it is up to him to stop Nathan and the spread of evil.

While the two sides vie for his loyalty, the detective is soon drawn into the ugliest corners of a truth he never could have imagined, a world where the myths of civilization are exposed, the Inquisition analyzed, and the Holy Bible rewritten. To conquer Satan, he faces the daunting task of distinguishing the truly good from the truly evil.

Q. How did you come up with the idea for your book?

A. I have always been intrigued by religion and more specifically Christian beliefs, but I have also always wondered how the other side of the story would read. So, I created a fictional story wherein Satan (through his assistant, Nathan) gets to tell his side.
I am also a fan of the great detective storytellers like Michael Connelly, so I knew I wanted the plot to revolve around a detective, and that there would have to be plot twists and much conflict. I wanted my book to differ in that it would take place in a real world setting, but with paranormal occurrences. I did not create an outline. The book evolved over time and the various plot lines seemed to be able to fit together nicely.

Q. Can you tell us about the journey that led you to write your book?

A. I had a good upbringing in rural Canada that spawned a creative imagination. I enjoyed writing throughout my childhood, and more so when I realized my NHL hockey career was not about to come to fruition. With my love of writing, one might assume I would then choose an English degree in university, but I instead chose to study biology. When I graduated, I began writing again. I wrote one short, poorly crafted novel, that I did not pursue for publication, but rather used as a test to see if I had the discipline to complete a novel, despite the quality. I did have that discipline, but shortly afterwards I received a job in scientific sales, and abandoned writing for a while to pay the bills. I was, however, never content in a job I didn't love. I have always believed in doing whatever one can to follow their dreams and so I returned to writing, while making a living in sales. Before the kids were born, I wrote in the early morning, starting at 5:00 a.m. and often in the evenings as well. Now I research, write, and edit in the evenings, right after the kids go to bed. I'm pursuing the dream with more vigor each day.

Q. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything about the book?

A. Prior to publishing, I read my book many times, and changed something about it every time. I could read it many more times, and change something each additional time. At some point I realized I was pleased with the content, and that the changes occurring were subtle and didn't necessarily add anything to the reader's experience. To that effect, I'm happy with the result and would not change anything substantial in the work.

Q. What was the hardest part of writing your book?

A. Being a new author, the hardest part for me was reinforcing the belief that people would enjoy reading my work. I wrote the novel because I love to write, but I also want to make a career out of writing novels, so in order to put forward the time and effort it takes to write, re-write, and edit a novel, you have to have a strong belief in the quality of the work. It's only natural to question yourself at times. Those who truly believe in themselves can reach great heights.

Q. Do you have a musical playlist you listen to when writing? If so, what kind of music?

A. I actually don't listen to music while writing, but rather have the television on in the background - often a hockey game playing. It might seem like it would be distracting, but I felt the need to make writing a relaxing exercise for me. I had the responsibility of a full time job, and a young child to raise that left me with a few gray hairs, so I wrote in the evenings, and needed writing to relax me rather than add further stress. It was nice to be able to look up from the page every now and again when Jonathan Toews or Patrick Kane was about to put the puck in the net.

Q. What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

A. I don't know that I have an interesting writing quirk to share. I've written under strange circumstances, holding a sleeping newborn in one arm while typing one-handed, sometimes with a "Jack and Coke" close at hand.

Q. Do you plan any subsequent books?

A. Yes. My novel sets up very well for a sequel and I am writing that now.

Q. Please tell us your latest news.

A. It doesn't relate to writing, but my wife and I have a four month old little girl (our second daughter). She's an amazing little addition to the family and more inspiration to pursue my writing dream.

Q. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

A. I just want to say thank you to anyone who has read the book or purchased a copy. I sincerely hope that you are entertained by my novel, and that you understand that it is a work of fiction with the sole purpose to entertain.

I appreciate any feedback - positive or negative, and for those who enjoy my work, I hope to be able to entertain you with my writing for years to come.


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