Author Q & A
1. What inspired the storyline for The Barista?
I was inspired to write The Barista because of a poem I wrote back when I was 17 years old in high school. The poem was about a person who lived their life carelessly because they didn’t truly know God. As I grew older, I turned that poem into a play while in the military and then I chose to write the book because I wanted to help others find answers to all of the questions I struggled with as a new Christ follower.
2. What type of research did you have to do for The Barista?
Too much research was done. I spent years researching and reading The Bible over and over until it finally stuck. This subject was not only dear to my heart, but I wanted it to be truthful to the word of God. So, my research was strong because I didn’t really want to add my own opinion or contradict what the scriptures said about the subjects that The Barista Covered.
3. What are the most interesting facts that you learned while researching and writing The Barista?
One of the most interesting things I learned about the word of God had to do with the Heavens, Hell and Sheol. That was a subject that I didn’t know too much about and learning about it was fun and exciting and I was anxious to share it within The Barista.
4. What surprises do your fans have to look forward to in The Barista?
My goal was to make the entire book a great read, but the biggest surprise will come starting in chapter 6 and will continue until the end of the book. Those suprises include more background stories on the character, his family, his life's purpose, Heaven, Hell and much more.
5. How awkward was it initially to write a "dialogue" as Jesus?
Very awkward at first. I spent months reading over just the new testament and watching films of Jesus before I could even write the book. Understanding his personality was very important to me and I knew readers would watch my portrayal of him closely.
6. Do you have a favorite character in The Barista? Why?
Cephas was actually my favorite character. I enjoyed writing from his perspective because he allowed me to say what I wanted to say without a filter. With Emanuel I had to be careful with what I said, but Cephas allowed me to say whatever I wanted to say. He reminded me of myself with how he followed God, but didn’t fully have the heart or love of God for all others.
7. What message would you like your readers to take away after reading The Barista?
My wish is that my readers can walk away knowing Jesus a little better. The ultimate desire is that they seek to know Him for themselves through a personal relationship. Throughout my growth in Christ, I struggled to find a true leader and answers for my difficult religious questions. My hope is that I can help someone not go through those same struggles that I went through.
8. What research surprised you the most?
Finding out about the 144 thousand was what surprised me the most. We all grow to think we know who they are and what they are coming for, but my research and understanding was a great shock once I really found out who exactly they were and how they got to their positions.
9. What aspects of being a writer do you enjoy the most?
The feedback is the best part. I know I wrote about a sensitive topic, but the response has been great. I expect some people to hate it and disagree with its dialogue, but so far it's been better than expected.
10. What new projects are on the horizon?
I have no idea as of yet. Truthfully, I don't really consider myself a writer. I was inspired and with prayer, God has helped me write this book. My hope is that He will continue to lead me, if that means writing another book, then that is what I will do.