About The Authors
Behind The Book
Why We Write About Death
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1. Question: What is The Light Bringer about? Chris: The book centers around the main character who is a police officer that is forced to deal with numerous tragic incidents where people have died, all seemingly unrelated. As the story progresses he eventually learns that there is a connection among the deceased which becomes apparent beyond life. Although The Light Bringer is a fictional book, many of the incidents were based on real events that Mike and I experienced first hand. 2. Question: What makes this book unique? Mike: I think the unique aspect of the book is the direction of the story which takes the reader into the world beyond life – into heaven and hell. It also combines real incidents and supernatural fiction which make for an exciting read. 3. Question: Who would enjoy reading The Light Bringer? Chris: The book has some elements of adventure and suspense but I believe its main focus is one of inspiration in dealing with despair and grief. Anyone who has ever lost someone close to them will be able to relate to this story. It takes the reader down a dark path then builds them up as it tries to answer the question – why do people die. 4. Question: What message does the book send? Mike: The Light Bringer tries to send a message that articulates the importance of doing what’s right and being a good person. It illustrates how your actions in life affect you in the afterlife in an attempt to get the reader to reflect on their experiences - but at the same time it also offers hope to those who find themselves in extreme pain and trauma from losing someone close to them. 5. Question: How did you two get started? Chris: Mike and I have worked together for over 18 years and we talked about writing a book for a long time based on those experiences we’ve had in our personal and professional lives in dealing with traumatic situations. Then about 3 years ago, we formulated a draft of the Light Bringer, met our literary agent, Linda Langton – who helped us edit it for well over a year until we shaped it into the story we now have. There were so many good people along the way that helped, supported and encouraged us to keep going forward. This endeavor is as much their success as it is ours. 6. Question: So aside from the supernatural and inspirational aspects of the book is there any spiritual attributes and how does that relate to you two? Mike: Chris and I have similar values and a strong faith. We don’t really believe in coincidence but more in the concept that many things happen for a reason, as we clearly outline throughout the story. Being open minded to those things that happen in our lives, that allow us to see a portion of the bigger picture, sometimes makes life easier. Some people would call that good luck but we believe it is God putting us on a path and subtly guiding us in the right direction when we stray towards a dead end. We wouldn’t have made it this far without a sense of spirituality and a higher power watching out for us. 7. Question: So what are your goals regarding the book or how would you define success? Chris: Our definition of success started out as writing a book that would change at least one person’s life… for the better, but now we’ve come to believe that the book may have the potential to help many people and hopefully impact them in a positive way. Success isn’t real unless you pull others up with you. 8. Question: We’ve touched on incidents in the book that were based on real events – what are your backgrounds that gave you exposure to these events? Mike: Chris and I have worked in civilian law enforcement for about 19 years. I’ve been a police chief throughout those years and Chris worked his way up through numerous positions to assistant chief of police. I also had 22 years in the United States Marine Corps where I spent over half of that time as a military police officer. Our combined experiences gave us plenty of real incidents we used to write about. Throughout the majority of our lives we’ve been in positions where helping other people was the main focus and it becomes frustrating when you find yourself in those circumstances where you can’t fix the problem – like when someone dies. Those situations seemingly present an environment where there are no words or actions that can fix the issue immediately and although many times we’re told sincerely by those survivors that they appreciate all you’ve done to help them, you leave feeling like you should have done more. 9. Question: So what will your next endeavor be after The Light Bringer? Chris: The Light Bringer is the first book in a trilogy. The entire story is told over three books. We’ve recently completed the rough draft of the second and are working on the third. Becoming published authors has been a long- time goal of ours and working through the process of publication has been an exciting and educating experience. We not only learned many aspects of writing but also learned many lessons of life through all of the great people we’ve encountered along the way. 10. Question: You’ve said everything happens for a reason, do you think getting published with HCI books was fate or destiny? Mike: As we’ve said before, we don’t leave anything to coincidence. Our goals were to write and distribute a book that would change people’s lives for the better and HCI’s motto is “changing lives…one book at a time,” – what a great fit for us to have a publisher with a common theme and goals. We’re determined to ensure that their belief and faith in us doesn’t go unrecognized. 11. We touched on how you got started and you’re goals but why did you write the book – was there any other motivations? Chris: When you’re sworn in as a police officer, you raise your hand and take an oath to protect people, help them in times of need and bring about solutions to all kinds of problems. But there are some situations that you can’t fix. When you stand with a family that’s lost their child or when you’re holding a baby that's died– there are no words or actions that will make that situation right. You try to do what you can but in the end you feel hollow, like you needed to do more. It’s those situations that frustrate you because you can’t help or solve the problem and it’s those instances that you’ll never forget. Writing the book helped us make some sense of life’s tragedies – not complete sense, but some – and even though it’s a fictional book we hope it will do the same for others. 12. Question: How do people find out more about you two or The Light Bringer? Mike: You can go to our website – www.thelightbringerbook.com or www.thelightbringer.net. We also have a Facebook page entitled The Light Bringer. There are links on each that will lead you to our Blog in case you want to comment on the book or tell your own story of loss and enlightenment.
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THE LIGHT BRINGER
by Chris DiGiuseppi and Mike Force