Author Interview – Lee Harmon

Posted on Tuesday, July 16, 2013

How much of the book is realistic? This is an interesting format, blending scripture, fiction, and Bible commentary into the same book. It’s like a three-threaded braid. The fiction is realistic in spirit; the commentary is truth as I know it; and the scripture … well, that depends on how you interpret it! J

Have you included a lot of your life experiences, even friends, in the plot? Family members have commented that they think the main character, Matthew, is meant to be me. It’s not, sorry! But maybe my nature is more transparent than I think.

How important do you think villains are in a story? There are very definitely villains in the first story (about Revelation). One of them, we today would call the Antichrist. Then there is the False Prophet and Satan himself. Yes, it very definitely adds to the story to flesh out the villains in first-century thought. However, when I reached the sequel, about John’s Gospel, all villains disappear. This is not accidental; the contrast between Revelation and John’s Gospel is intentional.

What are your goals as a writer? I honestly can’t figure out if I am a “writer” or not. My goal is simply to communicate. I send my books through rigorous editing to make them palatable to readers, but I am not a story-teller; I’m not writing to entertain. I would say my primary goal is to meet people and enjoy discussion.

What books have most influenced your life? Only one book has had a tremendous impact, and that is the Bible.

Who is your favorite author and why? I have several favorites: Marcus Borg, John Shelby Spong, Karen Armstrong, and others like these. These people are not the leading edge in scholarship, but are inspiring without sacrificing honesty and critical research.

Are you reading any interesting books at the moment? Please let me use this question to plug my website: www.dubiousdisciple.com. I provide religious book reviews and Bible commentary. Except for specific research topics, nearly all of my reading comes from authors, publishers, or publicists promoting their book for reviews. So … the books are as interesting as you, the authors, send to me! I promise a fair review and publicity over a number of media sources.

Are there any new authors that have sparked your interest and why? Are you interested in Johannine research? If so, among current-day scholars, my favorite is probably Paul N. Anderson. His way of presenting the tension in the fourth Gospel, it’s “unanswered riddles,” in part made me believe there was a story there for me to write.

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Genre – Religion / Christianity

Rating – G

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