One of the perennial themes of my fiction is the supernatural, and a continuing search for what my characters, and what I, really believe in.
The main character of the Michael’s books is John Jordan, a prison chaplain, who also struggles with his beliefs even as he investigates crimes, so I was keen to talk to the author about how we both walk the line of faith and reality.
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Michael Lister is the award-winning and bestselling author of the John Jordan suspense thrillers, with a supernatural edge, as well as historical hard-boiled thrillers. He also writes non-fiction, screenplays, and short stories.
- How Michael’s writing journey started and progressed
- How Michael was himself a prison chaplain and how his own work has impacted his writing
- What the job of prison chaplain involved
- The character of John Jordan and his struggles with faith
- Balancing belief with story and walking the fine line of religion
- How the exorcism can be read as possession, but it can be read as psychological. I come down on the side of the demonic and we talk about our own interpretations
- Why are people so interested in exorcism?
- Talking about our influences – including my own experience of Frank Peretti’s This Present Darkness at aged 15
- Michael’s non-fiction books about the meaning of life in film, based on a series of reviews he wrote for a paper
- The themes in Michael’s work that he keeps returning to
- Sense of place and why Michael is passionate about his area of Florida