What inspired you to write this book?
Chris: I’ve been in law enforcement for over 20 years, through which I’ve seen many tragedies. These traumatic events pushed me to begin writing a fictional story with a co-author back in 2008. My initial reasons for writing were more therapeutic than anything else – it was my way of dealing with life. I can still recall many of those people who lost loved ones asking me “Why” it happened and soon found myself asking the same question. Although my first writing endeavor is fictional, it helped me cope with that tormenting question – “Why do people die?”
Mike: Like Chris, “The Light Bringer” is my first attempt at serious writing. I have done short stories and poems in the past but only for family and friends to read. Having served in law enforcement for over 30 years, I have had ample opportunity to lend assistance and consolation to those who are victims or those left behind as a result of violent crime and other tragedies. It may sound odd, but helping others is the most important thing that we do in law enforcement. Nonetheless, I am always left with a feeling of wanting to do more for these people. I felt that capturing some of these events through writing may, in some small way, give hope to those who are frustrated by not being able to answer the question, “Why.” Although a work of fiction, it is our intent to stimulate thought through “The Light Bringer” and through this book help others to find the answer to that question for themselves.
What topics in your book or background do you think book clubs would find interesting?
Chris and Mike: We believe that the supernatural aspects of the book that tend to pull a reader into self reflection about the afterlife promotes the most compelling interest. Death and tragedy are difficult topics to deal with but everyone seems to have been touched by them at some point in their lifetime.
Tell us about your career outside of writing and how it influence your writing.
Chris and Mike: Both of us have been in law enforcement for a long period of time and as stated above, the tragedies we’ve encountered have allowed us to develop a passion for writing.
Describe your style of writing
Chris and Mike: Our writing is serious, dramatic and inspirational which yields hope in the face of tragedy and sheds light in dark times.
Which authors have inspired you?
Chris and Mike: We have a good friend who was one of the co-authors on a “Chicken Soup” book who has inspired us to strive for greatness. Popular authors that have influenced us include John Grisham, as he was once involved in the Criminal Justice System and Nelson Demille.
By: Chris Digiuseppi
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