Welcome to our latest edition of 3 Questions Wednesday, and say hello to Eric Landfried. Eric’s first novel, Solitary Man, just released this month!
Let’s get started… First question:
Who is your favorite author?
Eric: That’s such a tough question since for a book-lover, having to choose a favorite author is kind of like having to choose your favorite child. I have many favorites like Neil Gaiman, Elmore Leonard, Kurt Vonnegut, and Flannery O’Connor, but the one I consistently adore would have to be Mark Twain. I just recently revisited A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, and it’s still a brilliant bit of literature. Twain was a master at social commentary and proves it here as well as in Huckleberry Finn. Add his sharp and often hilarious wit to that, and you’ve got an all around enjoyable read. He’s easily the author whose work I re-read the most.
I Mark Twain. Now here’s an interesting question—
If you could write about anything or anyone fiction/nonfiction, who or what would you write about?
Eric: I’m fascinated by the story of Robert Smalls. I first learned about him on an episode of Drunk History, of all places. He was a slave who freed himself and many others by stealing a Confederate ship and sailing it into Union-held waters. His actions inspired Abraham Lincoln to accept black soldiers into the Union army, and after the Civil War, Smalls became a politician, representing South Carolina in the US House of Representatives. I’ve longed for someone to turn his life’s story into a book or movie, but I doubt I ever would since I know some folks out there would have a problem with a white man like me writing the story of a Civil War-era African American. I’m sure Smalls’ story will inspire someone someday.
How interesting…I have never heard of him before. Great idea. Last question—
If you could spend time with a character from your book or another book, who would it be? And what would you do during that day?
Eric: After three years writing and editing Solitary Man, so I’ve already spent a lot of time with the characters. And so I’ll choose a character from another book. I’m in the home stretch of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov, and I think the youngest of the three brothers, Alexei “Alyosha” Karamazov would be a fascinating character to have a conversation with. He’s a kind and compassionate soul who loves God and his family, despite his father being a reprobate and despite the obvious faults of his brothers: the passionate, impulsive Dimitri, and the clinical, insensitive Ivan. I think he’d be an amazing person to chat with about life, theology, and culture. I know a conversation seems kind of a boring as a choice of event, but I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t be boring for me. He’s one of the most well-written characters I’ve ever read.
Great choice 🙂 Thanks, Eric, for visiting us at 3 Questions Wednesday, and allowing our readers to know you better.
Readers, Eric will give away a signed print copy of his book, Solitary Man. US entries only. Please leave a comment below to be entered.
Ten years after a brutal war, cannibals and humans fight over the pieces of a hardscrabble existence. Former Navy SEAL Doyle has been prowling the broken remnants of a devastated America for years. Alone in an armored bus loaded with weapons and supplies, he’s grateful for his solitude. Being alone makes it easier to survive, as others can become liabilities. But when a vicious cannibal attack leaves Doyle in need of fuel and repairs, he has no choice but to venture into the nearest settlement.
Jonathan has been pastoring a small church in that same settlement, and when he meets Doyle, he sees an opportunity to expand his ministry. Cannibals have kept everyone from traveling, but Doyle’s armored transport brings hope to Jonathan and his church. The two men strike a mutually beneficial bargain, but neither of them realizes this journey will change them both in ways they could never have imagined as Doyle’s unbelief collides with Jonathan’s faith.
As they look to establish churches in other settlements, they battle cannibals, militant atheists, and a mysterious super soldier with dark secrets. Solitary Man is a gritty, action-packed post-apocalyptic story with a solid, Biblical worldview.