I live along the banks of the muddy Mississippi with my remarkable wife Sue, three dogs, two cats, and a flock of very lively parrots. I received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University Of Nebraska School Of Journalism and a Master’s of Science degree from Western Illinois University. My career choices have included advertising, research, writing, PR for a New York City art gallery, and stints in the broadcasting and entertainment industries.
Day Omega counts down the last seven years before Christ’s Final Judgment. The end-times novel begins when millions of people round the world suddenly vanish during a violent storm that sweeps the planet. After “Disappearance Day”, as the media dubs it, anarchy and chaos reign supreme and the United Nations is impotent in stopping the madness. So a new one-world government is formed; once sovereign nations are now annexed into ten sectors, each with their own leader. But one of them has plans to control the world and all its citizens who, incidentally, must have a microchip implanted in their hands—for prosperity and security sake, of course. The story examines what could happen if people turn away from God and put their faith and trust in His enemy.It is also the personal story of an ordinary middle-aged man from Chicago who despises nearly everything in his life—his family, his job, his past, his present—until he is chosen to bring people back to God and to sanctuary, when everything is falling apart around him. It is his journey of failure and triumph, tragedy and joy, his spiritual growth from atheist to Christian, and how he keeps the faith, even through seemingly insurmountable odds.
What is the craziest thing you have ever done? When I was young, single, footloose and fancy-free, I did a lot of things that, in retrospect, seem crazy. It’s a wonder looking back as an older (wiser?) person how fearless we might have been in our youth and how we survived!
That being said, after college graduation I packed up my few possessions in a half dozen cardboard boxes and lit out for Los Angeles from Nebraska, having never been there, no connections, no job offers—only my adventurous spirit and a will to succeed. Within a week, I got a job at a fashionable restaurant; within a year I was a page/tour guide at NBC-TV studios in Burbank which led to a position in the Program Research department. Along the way, I performed stand-up comedy, acted in plays, did cable comedy shows, and generally enjoyed life in sunny, Southern California. But God had other plans for me.
Beside salvation, what is the best gift you have ever received? This is where God came into the picture. While in LA, I developed a close friendship with a guy from Seattle, whose wife was from Quincy, Illinois. He decided to start a radio station there and asked if I wanted to help him get it launched. I put my stuff in storage and told him I’d commit two years, with all intentions of returning to the West coast after that.
Sue is very blessed to have you in her life. I can tell you have an amazing marriage. Who is the most important influence in your life besides God?
What would you like your readers to say about your writing?That I tell a good story—one that makes them want to keep turning the pages and that my work had an emotional impact on them. Most importantly, that it made them think.
What do you want your readers to take away from your novel? I sincerely hope I inspire readers to “get right with God”, regardless if the end-times are at our doorstep or not. It’s also important that people research and question what their government and media spoon-feed them—oftimes, it seems, the truth is shaded gray and there might be ulterior motives to their altruistic promises.Most importantly, I hope readers will appreciate all that they have—to love their family always, to enjoy their possessions, rather than trying to accumulate more. To keep the faith when everything seem to be crumbling about them. Believe me, I’ve been there—things taken for granted can be lost in a flash.
What are your dreams of 2009? What do you hope to accomplish this year?I’m unemployed . . . again, having been laid off last summer from a marketing job, so it’s going to be interesting to see where the Lord takes us next (hopefully to a warmer climate!) And I plan to make some major headway with my second work-in-progress called “Saving Jesus”. Briefly, it’s about a time-travelling quantum physicist who is “chosen” to thwart John 3:16. I’m anticipating an exciting, healthy, and amazing year, and wish you all the same. May God bless us and keep us through this New Year!
If you want to learn more about Day Omega or email Craig you can reach him at his website: http://www.dayomega.com/
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