Is any part of The Bishop factual?
All of my stories tie fact and fiction together. In this case, the geospatial investigative techniques, the metacognition and precognition research referred to, and the ethical and scientific implications are true and based on the most current research available. Some of it is chilling and right on the horizon. Hopefully, this book will help readers thinking critically about the medical frontiers that lay before us.
What is the most interesting tidbit that you learned while writing The Bishop?
That male gorillas avoid looking into mirrors because they don’t like making direct eye-contact. And yes, that actually does have something to do with the plot.
What other projects do you have on the horizon?
I’ve already started on The Queen, my fifth Patrick Bowers novel. I’m also toying with the idea of a new series, but that’s all top secret for the moment. Let’s see if I can finish The Queen by my deadline, and then we’ll connect again and I can clue you in on my next novel.
What are some of the challenges you face as an author?
As I mentioned earlier I’m a very organic writer, so I am often outlining scenes and then discarding them as the story moves in a direction I hadn’t anticipated. That’s always difficult to me, but in the end a lot more satisfying than simply outlining the whole book and then working backward to fill in the blanks and punch out the story.
Who was the person who most influenced you in your writing journey?
Years ago, an editor from a youth magazine to which I’d contributed several stories told me I was a writer. I said, “No, no, no. I’m just—” He cut me off. “You’re a writer,” he said. And from then on, I began to think of myself as a writer. It altered the entire trajectory of my life.
What message would you like your readers to take from The The Bishop?
I try not to let my stories drift too much into becoming lessons, but I really hope readers will reflect on the uniqueness of humanity, the paradox of good and evil as it exists in our world and in our hearts, and the only solution to our problem—God’s intervention and grace.
What is your goal or mission as a writer?
To speak the truth in a way that moves people to the place where they can encounter God. Through fictional stories I want to open my readers up to the big moral questions that matter most and show them that the only hope we have comes from outside ourselves.
What do you do to get away from it all?
Great question! I slip off to the mountains or the disc golf course. Usually, I come back not only refreshed, but full of new ideas to throw down onto the page.