|Featured Author, Mike Kilroy|
Why do you feel you had to write “Into Dust”?
I had written the first few chapters two years ago and tabled it for other projects. When I returned to it, I had a pretty good idea where I wanted the story to go. I think everyone on the planet has some fascination and curiosity about death. Where do we go when we die? What if you knew when those around you would parish? What would you try to do about it and could you actually change their fate? Those are the questions the characters in this book grapple with on almost every page. What is the nature of life? And how does death define it?
From where do you get your ideas?
The dark, dark recesses of my mind. Just kidding (sort of). For this particular novel, I always wondered what it would be like to have an insight into death. As I write in the book, it’s like having a backstage pass to Almighty palooza. It grew to ask other questions like, “What if you cheated Death? How would Death respond? Is there an afterlife? Are near-death experiences real?” It’s all threaded though a story as seen through the eyes of the protagonist, Jack Grimm.
As in your other novels, there are quite a few plot twists in “Into Dust.” How important do you think it is to keep a reader guessing?
It’s my No. 1 priority. If the plot is predicable, it will get boring rather quickly, no matter how well-written the story is. I try to throw in as many believable jaw-dropping moments as possible. Of course, with a plot like the one in “Into Dust,” it’s pretty easy to keep the reader guessing.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Write the kind of story that interests you. Read other authors. Engage with them. Ask advice. Always attempt to get better. That’s what I try to do with every book I write. I want to make it better than the last.
How do you market your work? Are some avenues more successful than others?
It is very difficult these days to get your work noticed. My gameplan has always been to try to get news of my new project out to as many avenues as possible. Website like authorandbookbuzz.com help me do that.
If your book was made into a movie, who would play each role?
There are many characters in this book, but as for the main characters, Jason Clarke would make a pretty good Jack, I think. Jude Law would make for a splendid Lourdes and Chrissy would be perfectly played by Rachel McAdams. And we’d have to find a role for Michael Caine. He’s in everything.