“Divine Murder” How Did You Dream Up the Idea of Physically Killing God?

“Divine Murder” How Did You Dream Up the Idea of Physically Killing God?

Often readers of my novel “Divine Murder,” ask how I dreamt up the idea of physically killing God. I always confess it hit me like the proverbial thunderbolt. I was sitting on top a park bench in Ocala, FL, itching with the desire to write a new novel, but searching for a unique plot. Abruptly the “god is dead” quote from Nietzche popped into my mind. Hmm . . . philosophically one can certainly make a case, but what if it could be done physically?

Abruptly there burst the unique plot idea. What indeed if one could physically kill the Almighty? Quickly this concept led to interesting plot dilemmas for the author to solve. Primarily, if one could physically kill God, who on earth could possibly want to commit such a foul act? Was it insane, or could any good feasibly come from the despicable deed? Could be fun to solve this particular dilemma!

Who would be the Adam and Eve at the opposite pole of my tale? I alighted on names for the human protagonists, Zoe and Warren.

Next I realized, okay if there were a reasonable, good outcome from killing God, and if I created a group of characters capable of fulfilling the mission, then what could be the scientific methodology of getting the job done? Could be fun constructing the omnipotent bullet!

Lastly I saw there grew an interesting theological angle, from an agnostic point of view – if God could indeed be physically killed, then beyond a shadow of doubt, it proved He existed. This appealed to the agnostic in me, a stance I debated throughout my adult life.

So this was the origin of “Divine Murder.” Readers tell me it logically falls together quite well, this solving of all the dilemmas. In fact my favorite email regarding the novel came from a gentleman in France, who — tongue in check — complained how once he started the novel, it kept him up all night and far into the morning, compelling him to see how it all ended.

Writers live for these comments.

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