How Was the Idea for Soon Born?
Jerry: There were two letters to the editor in Time magazine that made me start thinking what our society and world might look like if people got their wishes.
Eds: Those letters were received by Time magazine soon after the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Towers. Here are excerpts:
"… ban all these religions, cults, and man-made concepts of how to worship God. Bar the different religious leaders from spreading their views as the only absolute. … Forbid religions, and there will be fewer fights."Eds: The controversy about the 10 Commandments in Alabama has people discussing the stripping away of religious freedoms. Are you surprised that this discussion is going on at the time of the release of your novel?
If there were no religions, and only empathy, altruism, and humanism to lead the way, the world would truly be an enlightened place.
Jerry: Yes and no. There is enough of this type of controversy that I thought the time was right for this idea and story. If it wasn't the Alabama flap, it would have been something else. Our religious freedoms are threatened everywhere.
Eds: Does this controversy make your story seem even more conceivable?
Jerry: I think it does.
Eds: Your fans know that you play word and number games within your book. Are there any hints you can give about Soon? Does the name of your central character hold special meaning?
Jerry: Yes, there are anagrams throughout. The main character's last name is significant. So is the name of arch villain Ranold B. Decenti. And there are more.
Eds: What about this novel do you think will especially appeal to the LB readers?
Jerry: It's set in the future and there are a lot of parallels to Scripture.