First, a word about the two novels I have written based, sort of, on my life as a JW. I created by own cult for the books, partially to avoid legal complications and partially because it was easier to write that way.
The Word of God Foundation was started in 1903 and has its headquarters, “New Jerusalem” in Seattle. It’s followers are call themselves “Disciples of The Word” or more frequently just “Disciples.” They talk about being “in the Word,” as opposed to “Outsiders” or non believers.
The Foundation believes that shortly God (always referred to as “The Lord Almighty” or “The Lord”) will destroy the Outsiders and establish a Paradise on Earth. The primary function of Disciples is to make more Disciples, so they can be saved.
The Foundation as a long record of failed predictions regarding the coming of Armageddon, 1933, 1940, 1941 and 1997 being among the failures.
The Foundation is led by a team of twelve Apostles, although for a long time there was only one Apostle.
I am very nearly done with “Armageddon’s Angel” which I started writing in November for National Novel Writing month. I have described it as “The Da Vinci Code” meets “Silence of the Lambs.” It starts with the discovery of a body in a Disciple Gathering House (church). The Servants (elders) who discover the body spend forty-five minutes arguing about whether or not to call the police before doing so – after notifying the legal department at New Jerusalem.
When the police are stymied by the attitude of the Disciples toward the investigation, they bring in an ex-Disciple as a consultant. The dead girl had been “cast-out” for sexual misconduct and the general feeling was she got what she deserved. But it becomes clear that a serial killer is at work.
“Armageddon’s Disciples” which was written first follows the Disciples after the leadership decides that Armageddon has been delayed because the Disciples need to prove that they will do anything for The Lord in order to earn Paradise.
I’ve been sharing this with a writers group, and they seem to like it. When I first mentioned this project on this board, some one remarked that most people don’t care about witness type issues. It seems that they do if you throw in a psychotic killer and some nude pictures of an elder’s wife.
The latter prompted a question from a member of my group: how much of this is based on real life experience? In an effort to answer that question I’m writing an essay about my life as a witness. I’d like some feed back on a couple of things – how to describe the combination of control and boredom that makes up a JW’s life.
Are you guys interested in reading this? My problem is that the damn thing is now eleven pages long and I’m not done.
Comments on all this welcome.
Before anyone asks, I’ve been trying to sell “Disciples” for several years without success. I’m sending queries to agents (only AAR members). A couple of been interested, but were too busy to take on a new writer. I hope “Angel” may generate more interest. If I don’t get a taker I will probably go to lulu.com sometime this year.