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Interview with David Murdoch

Tell us a bit about your latest book?

Ana Markovic, in a nutshell, is a short fictional novel about a homeless woman in Toronto who is at the point of death due to her own abusive behaviour, but who is visited by the archangel Michael before she dies who explains to her that she needs to change or else she is going to go to hell. The archangel tries to explain to her how precious she is God's sight, but she greatly resists accepting this message. A long discussion took place between the two, which was joined at times by demons, the Lord Jesus Christ and all of the saints. Through the discussion and arguments over the life of this seemingly insignificant homeless woman, there is revealed the indescribable meaning of every person, the struggle for salvation, and the redemption God's love offers every human being. It includes a number of insights into the faith, our society, and other issues that their discussion touches upon.

Who is your favourite character and why?

I don't choose favourite characters normally, although I suppose I could pick St Michael or 'Mick' (as he is called by Ana), partly due to his strong and noble sense of justice alongside his deep sense of compassion over this particular sinner's plight. He argues with Ana, and he is always right because he is speaking on God's behalf, which greatly frustrates her sometimes, but also like God, he steadfastly tries to save her even when she gives up on herself. He continues to do everything he can to help her out of her fate even if she curses him. God loves us more than we love ourselves and desires us to go heaven more than we wish to go there, which is perhaps the quality in St Michael that I find admirable in this context.

Where do you get your inspiration to write?

I wrote it in 2008 at the end of time as an undergraduate at Queen's University in Kingston and I decided to write it after I had a conversation with a catholic missionary which convinced me that I needed I reach out to more people with the gifts had God had given me. I decided to try to write a christian novel as a means of sharing with others the beautiful and wondrous things that I knew existed in our faith. I had never written professionally before that, but I simply prayed to the Holy Spirit for help in writing this and after a little while, I came up with this. I hope I can say that my inspiration comes from God who has implanted a need in me to share what He has given me with other people and not to keep it just to myself.

What are your writing resolutions for 2010?
I'm not sure if this is a writing resolution, or if it's a resolution just associated with writing, but I hope to improve my marketing skills so that I can find greater success with this endeavour. There's a number of short stories relating to atheism and belief in God, which I've written and hope to add to in the coming year, although I don't know if I will try to publish any of them eventurally or not.

As always I trust and pray to the Lord to guide me whatever He wants me to do.

Do you use social networks? Which have worked best for promoting your book?

I have very little experience with social networks. Learning more about them may be part of my 2010 resolution elaborated about.

Where can people find out more about you and your work?

I don't have a webpage, although there is additional information and reviews that can be seen about this book on the amazon webpage (http://www.amazon.com/Ana-Markovic-David-Murdoch/dp/1606936484).

Anything else you'd like to add?

I also published a theological book that has a somewhat complex treatment of sin and judgment, entitled 'The Knowledge of Good and Evil'.

2 comments:

  1. Nice interview, Jo. David keep it up and God will guide you to the place He wants you to be.

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