Q&A With Author Jack Cavanaugh
- Monday, October 10, 2005
Q: Do you have any End-Times series coming?
A: It’s called “Kingdom Wars.” The first book will release Fall, 2006. Actually, "Death Watch" is pretty much a prequel to “Kingdom Wars.” The theme of "Death Watch" is that the supernatural is here and now. It is active in our world and it’s not out of the realm of possibility for it to surface in very dramatic ways. I’ve recently been doing some in-depth study of Ephesians and Galatians and Revelation, and it’s amazing how clearly those New Testament books teach the active presence of supernatural forces in our world. You didn’t have to remind people of the New Testament world that the supernatural was actively involved in world affairs. They saw it all too clearly. But we’ve swallowed the enlightenment teaching that man is the measure of all things and as church people have gotten so busy doing church work that we rarely give the supernatural world a second thought. I believe times are coming when all that will change and I’d want to write some trumpet-sounding novels that open some eyes.
My goal for the series is to be very, very biblical in all of the supernatural aspects I portray. The more I study the Bible, the more I keep asking myself, “How come I haven’t seen this before?” And the more I want to share these new discoveries through fiction.
Q: How did the idea of "Death Watch" come about?
A: The concept of people receiving "Death Watch" notices originated with my co-author, Jerry Kuiper. He pitched the idea to me because he hadn’t written any fiction. He’d heard of me through the San Diego Christian Writers Guild of which we are both members. Normally, I don’t have any trouble telling people that my plate is full and they need to write their own stories, but this idea really gripped me and I wanted to be a part of it.
Jerry is a fun person to work with. He’s a true Renaissance man — a natural-born salesman, a singer, a professional artist; he makes board games and goes to toy conventions to sell them; he founded Save A Friend ministries which has a Web site and local radio show; and he’s an Elvis impersonator. Who wouldn’t want to work with someone like him? He developed the idea for “Wonder Wheel” which we included in "Death Watch." He even went up to Hollywood to pitch the game show idea to television executives.
Q: “Wonder Wheel” seems very similar to “Wheel of Fortune.”
A: Maybe in the wheel, but with "Wonder Wheel" there are three wheels turning in opposite directions and they determine so much more than just a dollar value. And then we decided to make this a post-modern game show. This is not your grandmother’s game show, in other words. With "Wonder Wheel" people at home have a chance to play. And the top home winners on any given night can then race to Hollywood. The first contestant to arrive at a specified hotel gets to be a contestant on the show that night. So naturally, we have one of our characters racing to Los Angeles.
Q: How did you choose the location for "Dear Enemy"?
A: Boy, that’ll give you whiplash, switching that quickly from "Death Watch" to "Dear Enemy."
After completing the "Songs in the Night" series with Bethany House Publishers, I still had one book left on my contract with them. So we were looking for a single book topic preferably set in World War II. I had this love story idea in my file and thought this setting would be a great backdrop for it. By the time of the Battle of the Bulge, there was enough battle history between the Americans and the Germans to generate a healthy hatred for each other. It was the perfect setting for two Christians on opposite sides of the war to meet each other.
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