Why is it that, when I’m mainly concerned with promoting my novel Sardinian Silver and getting other things published, I write so much about religion and spirituality? Well of course, religion and spirituality, although not necessarily the central focus of my writing, are usually a major part of the background. To my mind fiction deals with the essential in life, and what is more essential than the purpose of existence? Books—whatever their genre—that don’t touch on this at least tangentially are of little interest to me.
A week ago I was on a European trip that ended up in Oberammergau for the well-known passion play. I’ll shortly be writing a more detailed article on that: suffice it here to say that the story of Jesus’s passion and execution (whether or not it is historically accurate) is magnificent and powerful. For a fiction writer that is surely the most important.