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Interview: The Eighth Scroll author Dr. Laurence Brown

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Stirring the flames of age-old controversies, The Eighth Scroll by Laurence B. Brown draws on the three Abrahamic faiths of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam to create an unbelievably dynamic and powerful story. Set in a world that teeters between orthodoxy and heresy, this thriller is packed with intrigue and adventure. When a Roman Catholic scholar involved in the Dead Sea Scrolls Project hides one of the scrolls because of the heretical message it contains, no one is the wiser until decades later, when a prominent archeologist discovers reference to the scroll in an archeological dig. This discovery spurs the world religions into a dangerous game of cat and mouse, in which all who seek the hidden scroll are mysteriously silenced, leaving the salvation of humankind to a father and son, who must either find the hidden scroll . . . or die trying.

1) How did you get started writing professionally?

Beats the heck out of me. Up until the age of thirty-five, I hated writing. I wouldn’t even write thank you notes for gifts! Then something inside me flicked a switch and I started studying comparative religion. It was like rolling the snowball that starts an avalanche. My studies intensified, and once I started writing, the information just seemed to flow. One book followed the other, and here I am!

2) Who or what has had the most influence on your writing?

That’s a tough question, because I am pretty much a self-taught author. I don’t believe I follow any other author’s style, and my voice is my own. One editor, Arlene Robinson, really helped me craft my work, but the greatest influence on my writing has been my love of God and truth.

3) Do you plot out your storyline in advance or write more as you go?

I start with a skeletal concept, develop the characters of the story, then let the characters come alive and drive the plot. In a way, the story grows in front of me from the characters’ motivations and actions.

4) What interrupts or interferes with your writing the most?

Marketing and promotion are, for me, the most annoying aspect of commercial writing. I wish I could just write. The business aspect really slows me down.

5) What is next for you?

I have two new novels on the verge of publication. Within two months, The Zion Deception should hit the shelves.

About the Author:
A graduate of Cornell University, Brown University Medical School and George Washington University Hospital residency program, Laurence B. Brown is an ophthalmic surgeon, a retired Air Force officer, the medical director and chief ophthalmologist of a major eye center in the Middle East. The author of four books of comparative religion, he is also an ordained interfaith minister. His most recently discovered passion is writing fiction, of which The Eighth Scroll is the first of three completed novels.

For the past two decades, he has divided his time between America, England, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia. Dr. Brown’s immediate family consists of his wife, three daughters and an ever changing assortment of hamsters and parrots.

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