I like to take seemingly disparate threads and tie them together in what I hope is something new. And while many of the subjects in my novels are unique, I also hope that they are also timeless.
It reminds me of an incident that occurred almost ten years ago (maybe more), when I was watching a documentary involving ancient black-smith techniques. I learned how the ancient Norse would weld tiny bits of metal together to make a highly flexible, durable sword. When my roommate came home (he was an avid aviation buff, who was getting his pilots license at the time) I told him that it would be a really cool idea if they used lasers to weld tiny bits of metal together and create a lightweight and flexible material that could be used in planes. He said "Yeah. They kind of already do. They use it in commercial airplanes and its a form of carbon fiber. It's really weird how you can learn one thing and then apply it immediately to something you haven't learned, in a really effective way. Too bad you're a few years late."
So maybe the ideas in my new novel have been done by others, maybe done better than I could ever do. Maybe they have taken what was already there and clarified it, or given it a new spin.
Whatever the case I hope they are at the least engaging.
Digital Ghosts will be out soon. It begins with a lightning storm near an orphanage in 1970's New Mexico, and ends with a whimper.
It is also the prequel/sequel to my opus, a book I have been researching for fifteen years, and takes place before world war one.
Thank you, kind followers of a cult that may never be.