On January 3rd I participated in a Twitter party hosted by @CuriosityQuills to talk about my new novel Paradise Earth: Day Zero. Fueled by gin and tonics I chatted with readers and fellow authors about Twinkies, the end of the world, mythology, Utah, and more. In between I answered questions about the novel.
How long was the idea in development? — @AlisonReads2
All my life? It was inspired by juxtaposing childhood religious beliefs against the bombing of Dresden via Vonnegut
What’s your writing process? — @ninapost
My writing process is drinking and vomiting emotions. It’s not very glamorous.
Has anyone from the JW church read your novels? — @courtney825
I haven’t heard yet. My stuff is considered apostate and satanic. Who knows though.
Weren’t you listed as a fake Mormon/religious imposter somethingsomething online? — @vitka
My name appeared on an “apostates on Facebook” list warning Jehovah’s Witnesses to stay away. LOL.
When will Volume 2 be released? — @courtney825
When I finish writing it. I’m very slow.
Were you raised as a Witness? What about your family are they still involved? — @ninapost
I was raised as a 3rd gen JW. I was kicked out for apostasy at 30. My parents no longer speak to me.
What is apostasy? — @SharonBayliss
For JWs apostasy is holding a different opinion from their stated beliefs/practices.
How many of your characters are based off of real JWs? — @TheaIsis
All of them? I just did a find/replace from real names to fake names before it went to press.
Which one was you? — @TheaIsis
I can relate to the narrator’s crisis of faith, but he is his own person. He is an amalgam of many ex-JW’s.
Check out Paradise Earth: Day Zero, an epic deconstruction of faith at the end of the world and beyond!