Featured Friday! GT Rigdon
I write thrilling stories born from my desire to never stop asking questions. My themes revolve around fact and faith as viewed through a philosophical lens. In my first book, High Striker, these themes are woven into a story that leads us into a world where a brain surgeon who spent his childhood in a carnival is somehow connected to Isaac Newton, Nikola Tesla, The Bible, and serial killing.
From an early age, I have been intellectually curious with eclectic tastes, which probably explains my participation in two very different vocations. In my work as an engineer, I’m immersed in the facts and what is understood as truth in the physical world. On the other hand, as a former minister, I was forced to contend with belief in things not seen or provable. As a writer, satisfaction comes from creating entertaining stories that play out the moral choices that arise from the co-existence of these two world views.
What’s your favourite part of the lifestyle of an Author?
Well, I work as an engineer and an author. The writing gives me a creative outlet. I also enjoy the research and learning that comes from writing.
What made you start writing?
I’ve always enjoyed the process. In particular I had a story in my head for several years and so I finally decided to go for it!
No particular writer in terms of style. However, in terms of success, it would be Andy Weir, author of “The Martian”. He and I are both software engineers and writers and his success is certainly inspirational.
What’s your number one tip for an aspiring Author?
Be consistent. If you write a page a day you can produce enough material for a novel in a year.
What type of book do you like to read and does this differ from the genre that you prefer to write?
Actually, I prefer non-fiction. But when I do read fiction, I enjoy thrillers.
Which one of your characters would you most like to spend time with?
Amos Konklin of course.
Which book do you consider a must-read?
What’s been the hardest edit that you’ve had to make? Why did you want to keep the material in?
I’ve gone through several edits so nothing in particular stands out. In general practice, I believe every author needs to be open to feedback and willing to change his work.
If you could live in a book, which one would it be?
The New Testament.
If you could pick an Author to write your biography, who would it be?
If I’m ever lucky enough for anyone to take time to write my biography, I would not be picky.
We all know the phrase “the book is always better than the film.” Which film would you like to see remade as a book?
How about “Ex Machina”.
Can you sum up your life story in ten words or less?
An unusual life filled with many cool opportunities and experiences.
What’s exciting you about your next project?
I’m working on a screenplay which is very different than writing a novel.
And finally, you have one quote to be remembered by, what is it?
A good life is when you assume nothing, do more, need less, smile often, dream big, laugh a lot, and realize how blessed you are.
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