--As told to Rubina Ramesh
wwiii is looming - the saints must defend their country... and their faith before the second coming
A chance meeting with a friend introduced to me to the event where Randy Lindsay, author of Call to Arms was coming for his book launch at Barnes and Noble. She knew my fascination for these book launches and told me to go and have a look.
I immediately sent a FB message to Mr.Lindsay, hoping he would give me a few minutes of his time. It was a pleasant surprise when I got back a warm reply within few hours.
Gathering all the resources I could find online, I went to meet him at B&N – the favorite haunt of all readers and writers in Phoenix. Since it was a book launch and I was certain he did not have much time to entertain my questions, I decided to ask him a couple of quick questions and promised to send him my interview questions via mail. So watch out for this space for an interview and a review.
He is a thorough gentleman. Pardon me if you feel I am gushing. LIVE authors do that to me. He was so cool about sharing his views regarding this book
So what is unique about this book?
The Savior’s second coming is approaching and each member of the Williams family—along with all the other Saints—must decide whether to heed the call to gather. This tense novel takes place in the near future and dives into the wide-sweeping political, social, and religious drama of a family caught between life as it’s always been and a new beginning in Zion. --- The Blurb
This book deals with the Mormon Culture. A: Mormons believe Jesus Christ is literally the Son of God, the Savior and Redeemer, who died for the sins of humankind and rose from the dead on the third day with an immortal body. God, the Father, also has an immortal body.
The question ‘are you a preacher’ must have crossed my face for he was quick to tell me that this book just has characters who are Mormons. He said,
Point noted. :)
Another point we discussed is how difficult it is to get publishers in the USA. He said very candidly,
“I was lucky to get a publisher who believed in my story.”
And then the writer in me had to ask - “Why did you choose this subject? Why did you have to write this story?”
Everytime I ask this question, I hear the same answer and everytime when an author says this – I see the same sparkle of conviction.
“This is one story I wanted to write.”
More about him in an upcoming interview and review.
About the author
RANDY LINDSAY is a native of Arizona. He lives in Mesa with his wife, five of his nine children, and a hyper-active imagination. His preoccupation with “what if?” has led him to write speculative fiction. Although The Gathering is his first novel, Randy has had short stories published in Penumbra e-zine and several anthologies during 2013. If you want to find out more you can check him out at RandyLindsay.net.