Interview with Todd Boddy

What are you working on next?
I am working on several prequels to my full Novels The Exit and Two Suns Rising. These will be part of the Blue Moon Serials, which will be offered only in eBook format. What is different about these shorter stories, around 20,000 words, is that they are 1st person narratives by the characters. Instead of an omniscient narrator, these stories are entirely told by one character. Whether the reader considers them noble or ignoble, we let them tell their own story.

This helps the reader to get into the head of the major players in the Blue Moon Chronicle saga which covers several generations of angels, demons, humans and nephilim hybrids. The novels are a little more sophisticated because of the intricacies of several crossing stories at one time and the conspiratorial nature. The serials like Angel without a Cause and Death Flight will allow the reader to ease into the full story much better without their head spinning so hard..... ha,ha.
Who are your favorite authors?
I enjoy Susan Howatch and her "Starbridge" series about the Anglican church over several generations of priests. Her character development is phenomenal, so you don't even mind what the plot is after a while. Can't read her without dwelling on the drive of each character and her attempt to express paradox and truth through narrative dialogue.

James Morrow in Towing Jehovah conveys several layers of meaning at once with his dialogue, plot, and introspection of his characters as they tow the body of God across the Atlantic, both refuting atheism, but acknowledging postmodernism. Each sentence is packed like a can of sardines full of salty meaning.

C.S. Lewis also comes to mind because what he wrote so long ago was brilliant. It survived him to become a great pillar of pop culture with the Chronicles of Narnia. Every day new people discover his fantasies, scifi, ethical and theological writings.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Fear of failure..... yep I admit it. Work is good. To him/her who has been given much, much will be demanded. We are all put here for a purpose and an hour only God knows. Best run with the gifts and passions we are given. Feels good at the end of the day if what I have done has made the world a little better and more peaceful.

I don't want a bucket list at the end. I am working on mine now while I have the energy. My mother has Alzheimer's and she never gives in to it, not a for a moment, complete denial, and I can't blame her.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Easy, I preach at my church as the part time minister and I play golf. Now in between I do a variety of mundane things like everybody. I have a house always needs fixin, large family who needs attending to now and then. I also serve in my community helping as a chaplain at the Highschool, mentor young people, and try to keep my heart in shape by my own spiritual disciplines and exercise.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
If I read a good book I follow up on that author to see what they come out with in the future. See what others are reading, hear about authors in the news, blogs, or on certain subjects, and I take chances on what might tweak my interest just perusing on the internet.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
My first story i wrote was a booklet of unpublished dog stories I told my kids based on the life of two real dogs, The Adventures of Max and Scruffy. Always getting in trouble with the neighbors and critters living in the near by woodlands and farms.
What is your writing process?
I come up with a story line of interest to me, and write an outline thinking in terms of chapters-stories-characters-conflicts-and movements in the book. I think about what questions is the book going to pose, observe, and maybe answer through the lives of the characters and the plot.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The biggest impact on my life was from oral story telling by my step grandfather when I lived with him from age 5 to 6. He told my brother and I stories every night about working on the Canadian railroad with bears, blizzards, stickups, mountains..... He also told us Chicago gangster stories from the prohibition days. He left such an impact I became a story teller at youth church camp and later with my children for bed time stories.
How do you approach cover design?
I am still learning. At the moment I toy with an idea on my own and then hand it over to more artistic people than myself to complete. Take feedback on those images and try to improve and improvise, beta test.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is a further development of my characters and their inner conflicts and how they work them out with each other. In the Blue Moon Chronicles Series, the big apocalyptic conspiracy plot is not the real story. The real story is the questions about what does it mean to be created in the image of God? How long can evil continue to perpetrate crimes against humanity and seem to win? Where does the line of good and evil run? If there are angels how do they view people; do they ever hate who they serve and long for something else. Can someone or something completely damned to follow the footsteps of their parents forge a different way for themselves. These questions are played out in the series my news reporters, scientists, diabolical CEO's, good angels gone bad, demonic collectives, fundamentalists, progressives, preachers, grandparents, children.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted to protect my material from having someone else hold control of the copyright. I also learned at the time of my forging ahead to pursue writing as a career, everything was changing in the publishing model. There are a million opinions on how to try and sell a book. They all may be correct at one time, or irrelevant a week later.

I decided at least for the first series to learn by boot strapping so I would have a better idea of what is involved in writing, publishing, creating, editing, and of course marketing.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy for me is "nailing" a concept through some literary device. For me it is an out of body experience where afterward, i read something and go, "That's it.......... damn that's good........... where did it come from?"
Published 2014-03-03.
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Books by This Author

Two Suns Rising
Series: Blue Moon Chronicles Novels. Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 95,870. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
Perfecting the jump technology with prison conscripts, renowned Sanctuary Corporation founder, Colonel Cuzak, conceals the real intent of the global Hub Stations; to help the Earth bound demonic powers escape the reach of final judgment. Commissioning a team of religious leaders and scientists, he seeks to convince the world’s oppressed that a better life will be found in a far distant universe.
The Exit
Series: Blue Moon Chronicles Novels. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 90,330. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
A demonic insurgency plots to leave the earth for a new home in a far universe . Led by an ageless CEO and his Hybrid daughter, their front Corporation steals the technology needed to help them escape divine judgement. To counter, a worn angel of light recruits an ill prepared group of image bearers and angels to travel to this brave new world. Divine intervention is not without pain.
Exit Apocalypse-4 Heir of the Magnificon
Series: Blue Moon Serials, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 33,810. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
The Wounded Heir appeals to Ouriano and Veezon to do the unthinkable. Cuzak sets a death trap for his long time angelic foe. Ru discovers a horrible family secret, which blinds her to the truth. And unrelenting, the Vranti collective seek blood revenge against Victoria and Lucas as they perfect the Jump technology. Part 4 of Blue Moon Chronicles--Serials, "Heir of the Magnificon."
Exit Apocalypse-3 Rare Endangered Species
Series: Blue Moon Serials, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 23,740. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Futuristic, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Ru, the sultry hybrid, wrestles with where to place her loyalty and destiny. Should she trust her Nephilim father, who has his own twisted agenda, or with the over hope filled Angel who mentored her? Held hostage to complete the jump technology, the young scientists anguish over contributing to an unseen coming apocalypse. Part 3 of Blue Moon Chronicles-- Serials, "Rare Endangered Species".
Exit Apocalypse-2 The Infection
Series: Blue Moon Serials, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 23,370. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
An aged Wind of Light begins to recruit questionable allies to help counter a new form of darkness. Two young quantum scientists find themselves caught between sentinels, an alien demon collective, and worlds they don't believe in. An infection among the Legions of Angels may tip the balance of power. Part 2 of Blue Moon Chronicles-- Serials, "The Infection".
Exit Apocalypse-1 Follow Your Desires
Series: Blue Moon Serials, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,960. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Christian » Short stories
In lieu of Satan's failure to overthrow God, a demonic insurgency plan an escape from their Earth bound captivity with wormhole technology. Meanwhile, an ancient Wind of Light begins to recruit unlikely help to counter this new form of darkness. Part 1 of Blue Moon Chronicles Serials, "Follow Your Desires".