Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Missouri Author James O'Shea

Welcome to the Book Loft, Jim! Is there a story behind your new release, The Linen God?

I had always known of a famous religious relic called the “Shroud of Turin” growing up, but had always thought it was a Medieval forgery. The 14’ long Jewish burial cloth bears the inexplicable image of a crucified man and despite 150,000 hours of scientific study, the source of the image has still not been determined.

A couple of years ago, at the bequest of a friend, I attended a presentation by the head of an organization who’s goal was to prove scientifically the supernatural source of the image. What I heard that night was fascinating and, on the way home in the car with my wife, “The Linen God” was born.

What distracts you from writing the easiest?

I would say social media is the biggest distraction for me. I am most effective when my laptop is NOT on-line when I’m writing. It’s too easy

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?

I enjoy most mystery/thrillers and some historical fiction.

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? 

The Manny character by far. He was not only obsessed with scientifically proving the Shroud of Turin was the burial cloth that covered Christ in death, but also had to deal with the his attraction to his best friend Grace during his final year of Catholic seminary. From there, his life gets even MORE complicated!

I understand you are a long time resident of Missouri. What do you like most about the area where you live and/or grew up?

St. Louis is a huge city of many great neighborhoods, so it’s easy to find the type of lifestyle that works best for you. Plus we have four distinct seasons and rarely have cold/snowy winters.

Your winter sounds better than mine. Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?  

My favorite theme is the interesting dynamic between science and faith. I believe most people see them diametrically opposed, so my writing aims to demonstrate the fact that science is no threat to faith. In fact, I’m convinced that science will ultimately prove the existence of God.

Would you share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you?  

“Why seek ye the living among the dead?” Luke 24:5 is a metaphor for the central plot theme of “The Linen God”. To say more could be a spoiler.

How has your book been doing?

Extremely well. Although I haven’t seen any solid sales data yet, social media interest has been extremely high and reviews for “The Linen God” have been great! A very interesting thing I’ve noticed is the high level of interest amongst English-speaking people in the Middle East. I have some theories, but I’m not certain what to attribute that to.

It does sound like something that will get people talking. When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?

“The White King” is due out in 2014, and is another thriller that tackles the faith/science dynamic. The plot revolves around a radio talk show host who specializes in the paranormal, and the impact of a sudden uptick in bizarre paranormal phenomena across the world on his life and faith.

It all sounds intriguing. We'll look forward to it! Thanks for sharing.

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James O'Shea is giving away a copy of The Linen God. To be entered in the giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice—once on each Spotlight post for the author. Please note: The giveaway is for U.S. addresses only.



squiresj said...

So you live in St. Louis. I live 5 hours drive south of there right across Arkansas border in Missouri.
Would love to win
jrs362 at Hotmail dot com

Boos Mum said...

I am intrigued. Please sign me up. Thanks.

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

Patricia Bradley said...

Love this interview and The Linen God sounds like a great book! pat at ptbradley dot com

Pam K. said...

This is the first I've heard of this book. It sounds fascinating. I don't think I've read many books where science and faith blend well. I'd be very interested in winning a copy of The Linen God. Thanks for the chance.


bonton said...

I like reading about the Shroud of Turin, & would love to read this book!

Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!


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