Sunday, October 21, 2012
Interview with Jack Brody, Author of The Moroni Deception
Jack Brody is a writer, ex-military, and an avid traveler. After his Army stint and then deciding to pass on law school, he went to film school, wrote screenplays, and held a number of jobs which ran from everything to working for a newspaper for one day, to film production, to then going into real estate (with at least five others along the way). He’s fascinated by history, politics, and architecture, all of which play a part in his novels (yes, he already has two more in the works). When not writing, he can often be found hiking with his two faithful dogs, occasionally breaking out the old BMW bike for a ride though the mountains, or playing volleyball or bar trivia with his friends. He divides his time between his home in the Southern Appalachians and wherever his passport will take him.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Chapel Hill, NC where my dad was in the graduate history program and my mother taught high school English.
When did you begin writing?
I first started in high school writing little skits and then turned to screenwriting in college.
What is this book about?
It's about a New York Times investigative journalist, Michael Chenault, who finds himself caught up in a growing conspiracy while trying to make a connection between a missing Mormon artifact and two ritual murders that took place halfway across the country from each other--one of which was of a Presidential candidate's wife. What Chenault, eventually discovers is that what he’s uncovered may not only affect the outcome of the next Presidential election, but decide the fate of an entire religion.
What inspired you to write it?
That would have to be after reading Jon Krakauer's Under The Banner Of Heaven.
Who is your favorite character from the book?
My first inclination would be to say "Chenault," the protagonist, but I might even have to say "Martin Koplanski," the retired BYU history professor who is actually murdered right before the story begins. You'll have to read it, though, to see how he becomes one of the central figures, playing a very active role in the story.
Where can readers purchase a copy of your book?
Right now it's just available for e-Readers on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Sony Readers store, Apple iBookstore, Copia, Kobo, Baker & Taylor, and Gardner's.
What is the best investment you have made in promoting your book?
Probably stumbling across and hiring publicist Mayra Calvani, who has been very helpful in helping me find new readers.
What's up next for you?
Hopefully, more novels. I have two more in mind featuring Michael Chenault, one of which I've already started on, tentatively titled The POTUS Protocol. In this one, I think I might be taking a closer look at "The Family," which I first discovered after reading Jeff Sharlet's book by that same name. There's just something about secretive pious groups that try to involve themselves in politics that makes for a good conspiratorial tale.
Is there anything you would like to add?
If you would like more information about the novel or to read the first 12 chapters for free, go to http://www.themoronideception.com/ . Also, The Moroni Deception's blog and Facebook page can be found at http://themoronideception.blogspot.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/pages/THE-MORONI-DECEPTION/424527520907161