Mike Difeo – Author Interview

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

The Lost Christ: The New Beginning.

The first book of a trilogy titled: The Christ Trilogy, is about after the world is destroyed and all memory of the past is lost. Two thousand years later a time capsule is unearthed. In it is something called the New World Testament and Torah: Two writings that threaten to shake humankind down to its very core. From the readings of the two books a new underground society is born, the re-birth of religion, a new beginning. About the same time of the discovery, a child is born: A baby boy named Jesus. What if God is about second chances? What if this is the world’s second chance? What if Christ isn’t crucified this time? What if he is? A thought provoking journey into the world of “What if…?”

Tell us something about yourself.

I was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts and presently live in Wellington, Florida and I spend my summers in Blowing Rock, North Carolina. I am the owner of Mr. Mike’s Restaurant and Lounge in Haverhill, Massachusetts. I began writing two years ago, when one sleepless night I sat myself down in front of my computer and began putting on paper a story, letting my mind run free.

How did you publish this book? Why did you decide on that publisher?

After I completed the first of the three manuscripts, I sent a copy to several publishers along with a synopsis of the second and third books. SterlingHouse Publisher was the first to reply. A week later I signed a three book contract and received a small advance.

How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?

Before owning a restaurant, I work as an associate engineer in the manufacturing of photo-typesetting equipment. Working directly with newspaper companies and independent printers I caught the bug, but it wasn’t until I retired young that I began writing.

How do you do research for your books?

I have found the Internet and Bible to be valuable research tools.

Did you learn anything from writing this book? What?

Through my research I’ve learned to put myself closer to my religion. From the edits of the first book and my publisher’s insistance, I learned to go to the next level of writing when writing the second book of the series, being released in June, 2010 — The Suffering Christ: The Dark Reprisal — and again to another level when writing the third book: Forever Christ: Birth of a New World.

What are you reading now?

True Believer, by Nicholas Sparks.

Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?

All three books of the trilogy, 80,000 words each, are completed and in the publisher’s hands. I have also completed an adult murder mystery, 93,000 words, titled: The Castle Club, but have yet to send manuscripts to publishers. I am presently about half into a children/young adult fantasy I’ve chosen to title: Dream Flight, about a young boy and girl who after being struck by lightening have alike dreams each night after. In their dreams they meet and fly from one adventurous land to another in quest for the Peridot Gem that unlocks the gate to the Land of the Seventh League…. I am considering making it a series.

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

When writing let your mind run free, do your research, don’t give up, and buy a lot of paper and ink for your printer.

What are you doing to promote your latest book?

Book signings as often as I can seem to work best, personal web-site, library presentations, radio interviews when I can get them and as much exposure on the Internet as possible. The Lost Christ: The New Beginning was featured in Publishers Weekly and premiered at Book Expo America in New York City. On the Barnes and Noble web-site it received a 5-star rating. Also available Amazon-Kindle and Mobipocket.