It always makes me happy when one of my online author buddies has a new release. I love to see my friends being productive and sharing their thoughts and ideas with the world.
Today I'm giving you a little peek at James Fant's upcoming novel, and I asked him three question about the subject matter - Marriage, Cohabitation, and SIMON’S SPLINTER.
James Fant is an award winning author who lives in Charleston, SC with his lovely wife and two hilarious children. When he’s not reading everything from business management to mysteries or “entertaining” his family with piano solos and spoken word, James writes inspirational romance and suspense that warms the heart and hopefully makes readers laugh—in public.
Three Questions for Author James Fant
Question: What is the premise for your upcoming novel SIMON’S SPLINTER and why did you write it?
Answer: The novel is about Owen Graham, a man who never wants to get married. His girlfriend, Aisha Elian, says she’s cool with that but she’s lying to herself and Graham. Enter Simon’s Splinter. Aisha’s family believes that they are descendants of Simon of Cyrene. Also, they possess a splinter that—they insist—was pulled from Simon’s hand after he carried the cross for Jesus. If the splinter resides in their home, it will give them what they desire. Aisha wants to marry Graham. But will she use the splinter’s power to do it…even when she thinks it is killing him?
I wrote the novel as a result of a crazy what if question—essentially, what if Simon of Cyrene had descendants that actually had a splinter from the same cross on which Jesus was crucified. What crazy things can happen in a story like that? Also, I wanted to look at cohabitation and the reasons that a couple would choose to live together long-term without getting married. After much study, I saw that the reasons varied from the convenience of sharing expenses to “test driving the car” so to speak. Some cases, as is the case of the novel, either one or both of the parties just don’t see the need in making it legal in the eyes of the law.
Question: How did you become interested in the topic of cohabitation and marriage?
Answer: My mother lived with her second husband for several years before they got married. It was like one month he had his own apartment, the next month, he was moving into ours. To each his own, but as I grew up, that’s just not something I desired for myself. I wondered why my mother and step-father lived together for so long before they tied the knot. If one were to say to strengthen their marriage because they were able to get to know one another, they’d be wrong because they later divorced. Some people can make it work. For others, cohabitation can end in disaster. My uncle recently passed away and his long-time, live in girlfriend, with whom he had a child, really had no say in the way his last days were handled or even his funeral. Some denounce marriage because they say they aren’t spiritual. The novel touches on this but offers a counter for cohabitants who love each other. Love, in itself, is very spiritual.
Question: What did you hope to accomplish by publishing your novel SIMON’S SPLINTER?
His third novel, SIMON’S SPLINTER, will be available on Kindle, Nook, and Paperback on 11/28/14. Please visit the Website http://jamesfantbooks.com for more details.