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About The BookFirst Circle Club by Alex Siegel
Published by CreateSpace on September 26th 2015
When Virgil is betrayed and murdered, he thinks his days of catching fugitives as a U.S. Marshal are over. He is condemned to an eternity of filing paperwork in the First Circle of Hell. Then a demon lord gives Virgil an unprecedented assignment. He will return to Earth as part of a team: two souls from Heaven and two from Hell. They must stop another damned soul who escaped and is now murdering teenagers on Earth. The serial killer has supernatural skills and is part of a larger conspiracy which is well prepared for a fight. If he is not careful, Virgil could be murdered a second time.
Today’s guest is …
Alex Siegel discussing FIRST CIRCLE CLUB
BAMF: Describe FIRST CIRCLE CLUB in 10 words or less.
Alex Siegel: Human souls return to Earth to stop a serial killer.
BAMF: What genre do you find yourself writing in most? Is this the same as what you read the most?
AS: I generally write fantasies set in the real world. They have a magical or supernatural element which elevates ordinary day-to-day life to an extraordinary experience. I will generally read non-fiction when I read for entertainment. I find that reading other fiction messes with my own writing.
BAMF: What are your ambitions for your writing career?
AS: I would like to have a lasting impact on the world. My books have a message that I want people to hear. In a nutshell, the message is that life is fleeting, and all our works will eventually lie in ruin, but the choices we make still matter. Our existence serves a purpose, but I can’t tell you what it is.
BAMF: What was your favourite scene to write in FIRST CIRCLE CLUB?
AS: An arrogant billionaire named Ken Walton is secretly talking to an angel on the roof of his office tower. The angel is seen as a face made of stars in the night sky. Ken believes he has negotiated a great deal for himself, but the opposite is true. The angel makes it clear that Ken is a small, weak, evil man who is in deep trouble. The First Circle Club is coming for him. The way the scene is portrayed combines a spiritual awareness with a nasty realism which really appeals to me.
BAMF: What advice would you give to your younger self?
AS: Take risks, and be prepared to walk away if the gamble doesn’t pay off. It’s just business.
BAMF: Can you describe the narrative arc in the series FIRST CIRCLE CLUB for us.
AS: The story begins with a dead serial killer who has somehow escaped from Hell. He returns to Earth to kill again. Hell sends two dead souls back to Earth to stop the killer, and Heaven does the same. The four agents from Heaven and Hell are known as the First Circle Club because they come from the first circle of Hell and the first level of Heaven. They are clothed in new bodies made for battle.
As the story progresses, it becomes clear that the serial killer is just a pawn in a larger game. A conspiracy in the spiritual realms is trying to upset God’s original plan. The First Circle Club must peel back the layers of this mystery while also fighting a harrowing array of adversaries. Sometimes the opposition is human, and sometimes it is demonic. The club even battles angels later in the series. They must travel to Heaven or Hell occasionally. Philosophical questions about the afterlife and the purpose of our existence enrich the narrative throughout.
BAMF: A lot happens in FIRST CIRCLE CLUB. What is your approach when writing such a complicated novel?
AS: I’ve been writing for a long time. First Circle Club is actually my nineteenth published novel. Over the years, I’ve learned the key to writing a complex book is working from a strong outline. I make sure I have every major plot point nailed down before I write page 1. I need to know how the book will end before I can begin. A weak outline usually leads to a muddled, confusing book.
Another key is just spending a lot of time thinking about the book. Whenever I’m driving, doing the dishes, or just sitting around, I mentally plot out the next set of scenes. If a new idea occurs to me, I write it down. A good writer is constantly writing even when he seems to be doing nothing at all.