Thursday, November 03, 2005


"Writing is a dog's life, but the only life worth living."
Gustave Flaubert

I've been working on the detective story. It's coming along scene by scene, page by page. It's basically, as I've said before, about a cynical detective who rediscovers his faith when he investigates the murder of a Catholic priest.

Speaking of religion and newfound faith... I watched author Anne Rice on "The Charlie Rose Show" last night on PBS and it was an amazing interview with the legendary writer. She has written a new novel called "CHRIST THE LORD: Out of Egypt". And here is the description of the novel by the publisher: Having completed the two cycles of legend to which she has devoted her career so far, Anne Rice gives us now her most ambitious and courageous book, a novel about the life of of Christ the Lord based on the gospels and on the most respected New Testament scholarship. The book's power derives from the passion its author brings to the writing, and the way in which she summons up the voice, the presence, the words of Jesus who tells the story. In stores November 1.

Anyway, Rice went on to tell Charlie that she was an atheist for nearly 30 years. Her late husband was an atheist. However, she said she rediscovered her faith while he was still alive, returned to her Catholic faith and told her husband they needed to get married in the church. He agreed without a fuss. Since his death, Rice has devoted herself to extensive historical research (her forte) on the life of Jesus. She says this new novel will be a trilogy. The story is told until Jesus turns eight. Charlie asked Rice, after all her research, what was the most important message she derived from Jesus... her answer? "To love one another". And the biggest impact on her life since writing the book and revisiting her faith? She treats people better and with more compassion.

I haven't read the new book, but I certainly plan to. If it's as captivating as her interview, it's a must-read for the holiday season. So the Vampire Lady of New Orleans, who now resides in California, is devoting her professional and personal life to Jesus Christ.

Who says miracles don't happen in modern times?

1 comment:

Mona said...

What a cool post about Rice. I came back into the city from CT and passed through Grand Central. There was a queue of people lined up outside the bookstore waiting to get their new copies of her book autographed. Very cool and interesting and I did NOT know the back story. I was thinking, what the hell is she doing writing about Christ? But it's all making sense now...I can completely relate to her issues with faith , being a young skeptical "Catholic" myself..