by Ray Donley
River Groves Books
5 autographed copies will be given away on Friday, January 11, 2013!
About the Book:
JOSHUA WAS SHOCKED TO HEAR HIS FATHER'S VOICE ON THE RECORDING
Junior! How's it hanging, young man? If you are listening to this, that means I am dead and you are alive, which is of course exactly how I planned it. Yes, I knew the explosion was going to happen, and I made sure you and Pete were out of town when it did . . .
Junior, first let me say that I am sorry about what happened. Second, I am sorry everyone is blaming you. Unfortunately, things are gonna get worse before they get better. But you have Jennings blood running through your veins, boy, and I know you can handle whatever happens. You are my only son and I love you very much.
Thirty-year-old Joshua Jennings Jr. is the last living member of his family and the primary suspect in a terrorist bombing that killed the president, the vice president, and his own father. To make matters worse, Joshua discovers that his father planned the explosion and set up Joshua to take the blame.
Overnight, the media transforms Joshua into a celebrity criminal. He rockets to first place in the Criminal Fantasy League standings. Feature films and bestsellers explore his motives for blowing up the president. A television personality proclaims Joshua's innocence so she can market "Let Him Be" T-shirts. The Baptist News Channel announces that Joshua is the Antichrist, and that the end of the world is near.
Junior is Joshua's journal. It chronicles his three years as a fugitive on the run from law enforcement and vigilantes while he tries to figure out how he fits into his father's plan. When Joshua mysteriously disappears, the journal is discovered and becomes a worldwide bestseller, described by scholars and literary critics as "a classic study of the human condition."
Exclusive Interview with the Author!
1) Let's talk about your main character, Joshua. How did you think him up?
Joshua Jennings, Jr. is a 30 year old guy who is given a very difficult mission by his father. It takes Joshua 3 years to complete this mission. Joshua is very loosely based on Jesus Christ, who was 30 years old when he began his ministry, which took approximately 3 years. Joshua is the original Hebrew form of the Greek name Jesus.
2) What authors and books are you most influenced by?
I enjoy humorous books, thrillers, and the Bible. I am a big fan of Kurt Vonnegut, Carl Hiassen, and Dan Jenkins. So I wrote a humorous book very loosely based upon the New Testament, and added a presidential election, terrorists, chase scenes, and explosions.
3) How would you describe JUNIOR's target audience?
I wrote JUNIOR for someone like me. Readers who are interested in sports, cosmic cause and effect, the Bible, silly religiosity, politics, and movies where things get blown up will like Junior.
4) JUNIOR is written as a journal. How did you come up with that idea?
I thought it would be fun to read a first person account of a guy traveling across the United States while trying to avoid be arrested by law enforcement authorities or shot by vigilantes or Islamic terrorists. The journal format allows the reader to experience each moment along with Joshua.
5) What's the deal with the footnotes?
A novel with footnotes is unusual, I know. But the premise of JUNIOR is that the journal is discovered after Joshua disappears, and becomes a beloved book that is studied by scholars and historians. The footnotes have been added by a "Junior scholar" and are, for the most part, funny. In keeping with the New Testament theme, the footnotes are comparable to the footnotes and cross-reference information that editors add at the bottom of virtually every page of the Bible.
About the Author:
Ray Donley is an attorney who lives in Austin, Texas. After writing factually accurate and mostly boring legal briefs for thirty years, Ray decided to write a novel so he could just make stuff up.Visit the author online at: www.JuniorTheBook.com.
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