A New Book: I, Judas: The 5th Gospel published today. No SEX
My latest title, I, Judas: The 5th Gospel, is now out, exclusive for 30 days to Nook First, and then it will be available everywhere.
They say never discuss money, sex, politics, religion or family. Hmm. Well, there’s no sex in the book. Does that count?
My wife and I watch a lot of TV. We watch MSNBC and Fox News. We watch Colbert and the Daily Show. We watch Family Guy even though Rupert won’t let you fast forward through the commercials on your DVR. We want to see all sides of things. And that’s where I, Judas comes from.
I was an altar boy. Not in Boston. In New York City. One of the most striking things I experienced was when we had a visiting priest, an African. When we were in the sacristy after he said mass one day (and it had a walk in safe for all the chalices, et al, which by itself makes you wonder), we were talking. And he said that if those people in the pews really believed the words they were mouthing, they would act much differently than they do. The simple way he said it, even at that age, I could feel his sincerity. I felt it when he said mass. A lot of priests were going through the motions. In nomine Patris, yada, yada,. He meant what he said. Every word.
By the way, we always got bigger tips at funerals than weddings. Isn’t that weird?
I also went to Catholic School through Cardinal Spellman (same as some supreme court justice) until I went to West Point, which means I’m really socially stunted.
Anywho. I, Judas: The Fifth Gospel grew out of a couple of things. One, as noted, was trying to see both sides. What if both sides were wrong about the Rapture? I remember a movie years ago The Rapture. It was brutal because it portrayed the Rapture occurring just as the Bible lays it out. Don’t watch it unless you’re ready for some nasty stuff.
My book starts at The Last Supper. Then goes to present day.
With an object appearing in space. Three days out. One side thinks its Wormwood. The other an asteroid that came through a wormhole. One side wants it to hit. The other wants to stop it.
And then we’ve got Judas. Sitting in the Amazon. All these years. Waiting. For the Second Coming. Except it aint what anyone expects.
And he has a story to tell. About the Bible. Do you know how many authors it had? How long it took to be pulled together? What was left out? What Revelations is really about?
Jen Talty, my business partner, came up with the phrase Factual Fiction about my books. I’ve written about a lot of stuff. My wife and I joke when we’re watching TV (especially National Geographic, History, Military or Smithsonian Channels) and I’ll go “I wrote about that!” And she’s like—“Yeah. And? You’ve written about almost everything.” In my Area 51 series, I think most people would be surprised to realize 95% of it is factual. I just add in a fictional reason. For example, in Area 51 The Sphinx, the Sphinx has indeed been scored by rain. Which brings its date into question. And yes, sometimes I use the same fact over, such as in The Sphinx I use Sir Richard Burton’s lost manuscript as a plot device and in I, Judas I also use it as a plot device: the lost Fifth Gospel of Judas. But Burton’s wife, Isabella, did indeed burn a manuscript over his body. So there was this mysterious manuscript.
So. No sex in the book. But I am going to put sex in Area 51 NightStalkers, which I’m writing now and will be released on 11 December from 47North. I used to joke that the only sex I’d put in my books before collaborating with Jenny Crusie ended up with someone, usually the woman, dying. That way the man didn’t have to make small talk and he could go avenge her death. So look for a high body count in Nightstalkers.