Monday, November 15, 2010

Interview with Mike Manos - author of "God's Poor"

Professor Mike Manos, author of the novel "God's Poor" was kind enough to participate in this interview on "Books and Movies Reviews" blog.

Q-) Thanks for this interview, Mike. Can we begin by having you tell us what your new book, God's Poor, is all about?

A-) My book, GOD’S POOR, is a fiction book. It starts with the sudden deaths of pregnant women, which cause world panic. Then a dangerous heresy reappears from the misty past. Catholic and Orthodox Christian churches face an unknown enemy. The quest for immortality leads to the first Jerusalem and incredible revelations. Finally an earthquake produced by HAARP gives a temporary solution.

Q-) In "DaVinci Code", Dan Brown makes hundreds of citations of apocrypha texts when trying to supply some support for his theories. How do you "classify" your use of citations from "Gospel of Thomas" in your book? How much research is "behind the scenes"?

A-) Besides the citations used from the “Gospel of Thomas”, which in reality are chapters, there is tremendous amounts of research being done. The sect of my book, “GOD’S POOR”, which derives from the great heresy of the Paulicians with origins to the first centuries of Christianity and the Marcionites, used only some of the doctrines of the Christian faith and Gospels from the “Apocrypha”. The sect of the Bogomils, which survived until our days, even through constant persecutions from Emperors, Popes and Patriarchs, only used the Gospel of Luke. Since the heresy of Paulicians and the sect of GOD’S POOR are of dualistic origin, the “Gospel of Thomas” has its merit. It is indeed of dualistic origin and Gnosticism influences it. It is a fact that all the powerful heresies of the past have dualistic origins. It is the old believes of the people, Good and Bad, Light and Dark, Virtue and Sin, against the Triadic faith of Christianity.

Q- ) How difficult was it writing your book? Did you ever experience writer's block and, if so, what did you do?

A-) It was really difficult if you consider that I needed four years to finish it, but I never really experienced what you refer to as a ‘’writer’s block’’.

Q- ) What are your daily writing routines?

A-) I usually write during night since I usualy work daytime shifts.

Q-) If you could meet any of your characters, who would it be and why?

A-) George Eastman. He is a contemporary man with all our virtues and vices.

Q-) What book changed your life?

A-) “The Stranger” by Albert Camus. A powerful book indeed.

Q-) What is your passion? What is it that you're most passionate about than anything else?

A-) I am passionate about archaeology. The old civilizations keep well-hidden important secrets, which very few can imagine.

Q-) What do you do to relax?

A-) A good sleep is always relaxing

Q-) Any final words?

A-) Giving is the essence of life. Thank you very much.

1 comment:

  1. Parked with action and suspense, a terrific book.