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J. R. MAXON
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How did you come up with the idea for ReBecoming?
J. R. Maxon on October 30, 2008.
This novel is a book I feel fills a void in the multi-genre niche of Visionary Fiction—timeless lessons in a fictional story—and I’d thought about writing it for a while. The surprise for me is how it finally materialized with this particular cast of characters, especially the female heroine, Diana Archer.
Are the characters based on anyone you know?
For most writers, characters are always in some way based on someone they know or knew, both living and deceased. But the fun comes in reconstructing their style, mannerisms, and individual characteristics into totally new beings that come alive on paper and in your mind.
Who is your favorite character in “ReBecoming?”
It’s really hard to have a favorite. Each one is interesting because each has his or her own set of self-deceits going on in their own world and they each will wake up at the rate they wake up. So to me, every character is just like a real person with things you love about them, and some things you wish they’d let go of.
How long did it take you to write “ReBecoming?”
The actual writing took seventy-two days. But the rewrites, editing, and editor’s comments took much longer to incorporate. And because the book contains numerous teachings for living a happier life, each lesson had to be appropriate.
What was the most difficult part of writing “ReBecoming?”
The hardest part was working in all the bits of timeless wisdom, or what you could call ‘lessons,’ into the story lines. Accomplishing this while maintaining coherent story arcs was, to me, much more difficult than a purely nonfiction version.
Your website states that you are touring and teaching the messages in this book. Can you tell us more about how you are doing this?
Yes. I’ll be doing a series of 60-120 minute ‘mini’ seminars at local independent bookstores and learning centers in association with the book release in 2009. I’m also developing a 1-2 day version of the seminar. Please check with the “ReBecoming: The Way of Opportunity” website for more details later.
If there were one specific message you want readers to get from this book, what would you want it to be?
There are so many it is hard to choose. I think that three of the main ones are that all the little choices we each make every day really do add up, happiness is all around us if we could but perceive it, and you don’t have to live in pain and fear.
Who has been your biggest influence?
I would say that aside from my immediate family, it would be all of my spiritual teachers, whom I’m not going to name here in respect for their privacy. Some have passed on, but I feel their strong presence inside me even today. Also I try to learn from every living experience that comes to me.
Is there another book in your future?
Yes, more than one. “ReBecoming: The Way of Opportunity” is to be a series of four novels (the second and third of which are already underway). There will also be two non-fiction books that will parallel and illuminate more fully the lessons in the novels, a journal-type of book (currently in outline form), and a photography book with teaching quotations overlaying beautiful photographs. The second novel will be a prequel to “ReBecoming,” has a different kind of romantic romp, a terrifying mystery, some humor, and a lot of local color that comes from a living on an island for a lifetime. The third novel will be the sequel to the first two and it’s, well, so unique that it will shock and surprise every reader. Some of the characters from “ReBecoming” will be in each novel, with other very different new characters that, to the best of my knowledge, have never had leading roles in any previous fiction book. They will be a big surprise, and pleasure, for the reader.
Do you have anything specific that you would like to say to the readers?
Just that when you get a copy of “ReBecoming: The Way of Opportunity” (you could borrow one from a friend, but then you might not want to give it back) that as you read and engage the principles in “ReBecoming” that they help give you the tools to make your life happier than you’ve ever imagined. They work. I know this for a fact. And as Jon, one of the main characters in “ReBecoming” says, “…knowledge is always to be passed along, and truths are always to be shared. Why let someone else suffer from the same affliction?”
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