Author Interview: Eric Landfried

Your name 
*Eric Landfried

The name of your book
*Solitary Man

What Genre is your book? 
*Post-apocalyptic, action-adventure, thriller

If it’s not released yet, when is your launch date?
*Out since 3/15/19

Tell us a little about your book. 
*A former Navy SEAL, an unbeliever, agrees to transport missionary families through a devastated American landscape overrun with ferocious cannibals in exchange for fuel. As they strive toward their goal of establishing new churches and proclaiming the Gospel, they have a profound impact on each others’ lives.

Tell me about your main character(s). 
*Doyle, the former Navy SEAL, is an older man, gruff and cynical from being beaten down in life and losing his family in the war that destroyed the country. He prefers to travel alone, but the need for supplies forces him to strike a deal with…. Jonathan is a faithful Christian and the pastor of a tiny church in a small community. He imagines himself as a modern day apostle Paul, desiring to travel to other communities and start churches. He has a passion for the Gospel and a boldness that leads him to proclaim God’s truth even when death is staring in his face.

How has faith played a role in your book? 
*The book hinges on Jonathan’s desire to rebuild God’s church, and I don’t hold back on the Gospel presentations. There’s also a lot of general biblical knowledge (Jonathan explaining the story of Job to Doyle) and lots of presuppositional apologetics in a scene where Jonathan debates an atheist/agnostic.

What was the hardest part about writing this book?
*I received a critique from a pastor friend of mine that pointed out some theological mistakes I’d made. Since I am sinner saved by God, humbling myself to receive this criticism was difficult to do, but since my pastor friend was absolutely right, I as a Christian had no choice but to acknowledge that I didn’t know as much theology as I thought I did. I made the changes he recommended, and I’m studying God’s truth a lot more these days.

What was the most enjoyable part about writing this book?
*I love editing. Getting the first draft in all of its glorious messiness out onto the page is great, especially once you’re done, but going back through the story and fixing it, making it perfect, that’s what I enjoy the most.

If you could swap lives with your main character for a short time, would you? Why or why not? 
*I’m not as tough as Doyle nor as bold as Jonathan, so I probably wouldn’t last long in this universe. In certain ways, both of these men are an aspiration for me. May God give me the strength and the courage to be like them.

Why do readers want to pick this book up? 
*If they love action adventure stories, they’ll enjoy it. If they love Gospel saturated plot lines, they’ll enjoy it. If they’re looking for strong female characters (Jonathan’s wife, Mia) they’ll enjoy it. And if for some reason they’re looking for bloodthirsty voracious cannibals, they’ll love it. I really think there’s something here for almost any reader as long as they’re willing to give it a chance.

What’s next for you as an author? What are you working on now? 
*Solitary Man has a satisfying, yet slightly ambiguous ending, so I’m currently working on the first draft of the sequel. After that, I’ve got plenty of ideas in several different genres. I’ll have to see which story is speaking to me the most once the time comes.

Anything else important you want to tell readers? 
*If you’d like a signed copy of Solitary Man (which might be worth a nickel on eBay), you can order them directly from my website, ericlandfried.com.

Want to learn more or purchase Solitary Man?
https://www.facebook.com/ericlandfriedauthor/
https://twitter.com/e_landfried
https://www.instagram.com/ericlandfried/
https://www.amazon.com/Solitary-Man-Eric-Landfried/dp/1620208482/

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