Discussion: Mike and Mike chat about shifts in the publishing industry: changing to ebooks, the dwindling paranormal romance titles, and more.
Interview: This week, Mike, Lorrie and Mike chat with author J. F. Lewis about his "Void City" series, and how the popularity of the first book, Staked, was the catalyst for his getting kicked out of their church.
Jeremy recounts how his writing a vampire novel containing a strip club and evangelical werewolves raised concerned with his church's elders, and how that discussion led to calls for his excommunication (and possible stoning?)
He also lists the church's requirements to get back in their good graces -- refusing future monies from the book, renouncing the book publically, refusing to continue promoting the book or sign future copies, and refuse the publisher permission to publish the second book, and more -- and what he's had to change in his writing life to accomodate some of their demands for his family.
Discussion: Mike and Mike follow up the interview with Jeremy with a discussion about the merging of faith with gaming, fantasy, and science fiction, and how people have used speculative fiction and alternate worlds to explore their faith more deeply or from a different perspective. This leads to a talk about the tendency of some groups of people to turn to isolation in order to protect themselves from the dangers of mind viruses (ie, any ideas counter to the accepted worldview that may make one feel superior to others who think differently), and to how writing fiction is a safe way to explore the various fringes.
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