Q&A with Dana C Carver

Today I’m taking part in the blog tour for Two Truths. I’m sharing a Q&A with the author with thanks to Zoe O’Farrell for inviting me on the tour and to Dana C Carver for answering my questions!

Do you believe the things in your book really happened or really exist?

I believe everything in my book is possible and I believe that the history we have been taught and the things we hold true are fraught with misconception and falsehoods. Writing Two Truths was about exploring these two things – What might really have happened throughout the ages? And How might we expand the things we believe about life? So, if you’re asking me if I believe in all the conspiracies and theories in my book, No.  But if you’re asking if I believe in the possibility of them being true, then yes, 100%.

 

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 ‌The analyst in me would love to give you an exact percentage, to go through each element of my novel and create a spreadsheet with a weighted algorithm behind it. But that is a rabbit hole I should avoid when I have novels and novelettes screaming to be finished. So, I will guess that 85% is fiction and 15% fact. But it is a tricky question because the facts in my novel are mostly surrounded by ambiguity and there are a lot of historical theories in Two Truths. 

For example, most people (and by people who do I mean? Historians? Facts specialists? 

The mysterious “they”?) would agree that someone named Saint Germaine lived in Europe in the 1700s and it’s probably safe to say it is a fact that he practiced alchemy. But the Germain character in my novel is based on many historical theories of Saint Germaine, like the fact that he had found the elixir of life and had magical powers. These things, as far as I know, have never been proven, but history and the internet are full of people throughout the years who believe he did. 

So, I think there is a more precise question – how much of my book is based on historical fact and/or historical theory? And if you are going to lump those two things together and ask the question that way, I would then switch it around and say 85% of it is based on facts or theories that have existed throughout time and only 15% is completely my imagination. So, really, to answer that question well we would need not only a spreadsheet and algorithm but also an agreed definition of “Fact”. And here I am half-way down the rabbit hole…

What was your inspiration for Two Truths?

Explaining that would be a book in itself. My mind is constantly producing ideas and inventing stories and my soul is constantly being inspired by the art and ideas that have come before me or are expressed to me. The book is very different than what it started out to be, because I was constantly exposed to knew concepts which impassioned me and which I couldn’t leave out. When they came about it was almost painful because I knew the book had to take on a new complexity and turn which would mean another year of writing, but I simply couldn’t leave some things out, and so away I went adding, changing, evolving. They rang so true to me, I had no option but to start weaving them in. It’s amazing to me that I ever finished it. There is a quote that has always lingered with me from the movie Babe (of all places!) “Little ideas that tickle and nag and refuse to go away should never be ignored, for in them lie the seeds of destiny”.

To answer more clearly, there are 16 “themes” or “concepts” in my book which were either inspired by things I saw or read. Weaving them together required several spreadsheets and giant pieces of paper stretched across my walls and ceilings. I would think anyone entering my writing areas during these times would have thought I was searching for a serial killer. And, I suppose in some ways, I was.

First and foremost, I wanted to explore the questions above.  What might really have happened throughout the ages? And How might we expand the things we believe about life

Secondly, I wanted a book with everything. I craved a book that balanced the practical with the paranormal, that merged science and love, that brought together the law of attraction and genetics, that showed both the Bible and re-incarnation could be true- but neither what we thought. I wanted an arena to play out conflicting theories. But I also wanted a book that was a page turner without compromising literary style. I couldn’t find one that had all this- so I wrote one.

Last, I want to challenge people to think outside the box, I want to inspire people to evolve themselves and the human race into more than we may think we’re capable of, and to be entertained by these ideas instead of feel preached at or pressured. I don’t want people to think like me on these topics, I just want people to think about them!

What’s your writing process like? Do you follow a routine or write when you can?

With a full time job and a family, I have always had to do both – create a routine which ensures windows for writing and jump on every opportunity that appears. But I would argue I have never followed much of a routine, more scheduling in time and honouring that time.

Over the years I found that targets worked better for me than a routine. I set myself weekly goals, based on a larger annual goal. Some years the goals have been outcome based (finished Part I, or edit chapter 14) and sometimes they have been output based (do 7 hours a week, do 30 minutes before breakfast). Interestingly, I’ve found output works better for me. It means I can choose what I do in that time, I just have to put in the time and things more likely to happen when I had a choice of what I did.

How did you research Two Truths? Did you enjoy it?

If research means the methodologically looking up of information – I’d say I did about 100 hours over 16 years (not much considering the time span). If research means a lifetime of reading books or talking to people in order to explore other ways of thinking, via history, philosophy, psychology, biology, theology and spirituality, then probably somewhere between 2-14 hours a day for 40 years. Most days, due to constraints would have probably been toward the lower end, so doing some quick math probably 50,000 hours’ worth of research. But basically the research I did was mostly in reading non-fiction of all kinds and then, once it made it into a book, doing final checks on accuracy.

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Two Truths is available from Amazon.

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