Matthew Toffolo: What is your novel about?
James Charles: Spirit of the Amaroq:
Pastor Jack Douglas resigns his ministry after a traumatic event and hikes across America. In North Dakota, he finds work on an oil rig until a violent turn of events forces him to seek seclusion in the Alaskan wilderness where he’s stalked by the mythical Amaroq wolf.
In Nome, Jack takes a job on a king crab fishing boat where he continues to struggle with his past tragedies while fighting feelings for the proprietor of a rustic inn, a beautiful Inuit woman, Qaniit.
A man from the past perpetrates a catastrophic event that will once again challenge Jack’s faith. Will Jack survive or will God forsake him once more?
2. What genres would you say this story is in?
3. How would you describe this story in two words?
4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?
5. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the
most times in your life?)
6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?
The Sun Also Rises
7. What motivated you to write this story?
I stumbled upon the mystical Alaskan story of the Amaroq wolf and adapted it here in an adventurous and romantic way.
8. If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would
Ernest Hemingway because he not only plays a central character in my previous novel, My War With Hemingway, but I read his books in the army. It would be one heck of a dinner and I could treat him to a Hemingway Whiskey Smash here at Gertrude’s in Kona!
9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
10. What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?
A chance for more exposure and your operation seemed to provide this opportunity.
11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
Write for the passion, not for the money….
Performed by Esther Thibault