As it turns out, Brock Booher lives fairly close to me, we are both published through Cedar Fort, and he makes an outstanding lemon pie. It has been my pleasure to have met him and I decided that an interview with this author was in line. I suggest that you keep an eye on this guy because I expect his writing career to really soar.
Q1: What was your inspiration for writing his particular story?
A1: The stories my parents told me over the years provided the initial inspiration for the story, but I have always pondered the gifts we each have. The book started as a short story that didn't really work that well, but as I researched the ideas sparked by the short story and my parents' stories, I found inspiration a few pieces at a time until eventually I had a novel. I find that inspiration comes from a variety of sources.
Q2: Healing Stone takes place in the 50s. Why then?
A2: I chose that era for two reasons - it was the time period of my parents' stories, and it was the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement. One provided me with the intimacy I needed, and the other provided me with the conflict and tension as a backdrop. It was an time when the world was simpler and time when the world was about to change significantly.
Q3: Are any of the characters based on real people?
A3: One character is based on a famous revenue man that busted up more moonshine stills than other revenue officer in Kentucky history. I researched his history and tried to get his personality right, but I did have to take a bit of license with the timing and involvement. All the other characters are a combination of people I have met over the years, people I grew up with, and my imagination.
Q4: Healing Stone is set in Kentucky. How would the story be different if it happened someplace else, like California?
A4: I don't think this particular story would feel right in California for me. It needed to happen in the South because of the various themes it explores. If it had taken place somewhere else the nugget of the story would be the same, but the themes supporting the storyline would have to be different. Time and place influence a story as much, or more, as characters do. We can often take a familiar story line and change the time and place to give the story a different feeling, but sometimes it doesn't work. For me, this story had to happen when, and where, it did for it to feel authentic. The sequel will use a different time and place to capitalize on different themes.
Q5: What does the future hold for Stone Molony?
A5: He has to find his fortune in the world. He has to move through life like the rest of us. The only problem is that he isn't like the rest of us. He has a gift. We shall see what fortune and trouble his gift will bring.
A6: I am not sure what genre to put this book in LOL. Maybe that's what makes it stand out. It has the feel of magical realism, religious writing, mystery, and coming of age all rolled into one. I wasn't really thinking of a
genre. I just wanted to tell a story.
Q7: What challenges did you have writing this book?
A7: Finding the time is always the biggest challenge. After that it was finding the right voice. Once I found the voice the story just poured out. Then my challenge was finding a publisher that would publish it.
Q8: What was your favorite chapter to write and why?
A8: I enjoyed writing the scene when Leck convinces Stone to try and heal a young girl, Hazel, with polio. It brought me tears when I wrote the scene. I love the irony of someone that didn't feel worthy of healing insisting that the healer who didn't feel confident enough to heal should try and heal a young girl with the faith to make it all happen. It was the moment when Stone begins to understand his gift and unlock his future.
Q9: What message do you want your readers to walk away with when they finish
A9: I hope that like all good art the reader takes away the message they need most. That could be a message of hope, a message of change, a message self-development, a message of justice, or perhaps a message of faith. I hope that I have layered enough themes throughout the story that the reader can take whatever message they need at the
Q10: What are you working on now?
A10: I am playing with a sequel idea, but I have another manuscript about a young street orphan in Lima, Peru, that gets caught up in an organ-smuggling organization. I hope to
have it ready by the end of the summer. I am always coming up with new ideas...