Why did you start writing fiction? What inspired you to write Deadline? Did you ever think you’d write a novel when you were my age (14)?
I wrote it because I wanted readers to see that at the heart of life is the choice of what we believe. Doc and Finney represented two conflicting world views, and Jake would have to choose between them. I also wanted readers to get a picture of eternity, a sense that the afterlife is real. I’ve written six novels now (Deadline was the first), but I didn’t picture myself writing novels until I’d written about five nonfiction books first. I was probably 15 or so when I first thought I might write some day, but not until 20 or so that I thought seriously I might be a writer.