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DJ: Hi G.A.! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
G.A. Minton: Hello DJ, it’s a pleasure to be here! My father was a career Air Force man, so we moved around quite frequently during my formative years. Though born in Texas, I spent my early childhood growing up in a small town located in northern California. From there, we moved to Mississippi and then back to Texas while I was still in school. Having spent time living in various areas across America, I’ve learned much from my exposure to a wide variety of people and their cultures. I’m a horror/sci-fi author who has published two novels thus far. My debut novel, Trisomy XXI, was published by World Castle Publishing on June 6, 2016, and I’ve recently completed the screenplay for it. Antitheus is scheduled for release on October 16, 2017, and will be available in eBook, Paperback, and Hardcover formats. Currently, I am hard at work processing the text for another tale of the macabre. I happily live in Texas with my wife, a son and daughter, and two Bengal cats named Phinneas and Shamus.
DJ: What is Antitheus about?
G.A.: ANTITHEUS is a supernatural horror novel that takes the concept of Good vs. Evil to a whole new level. Here’s a short synopsis: Trapped by a blizzard in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, a group of clergymen attending a religious conference find themselves thrown into a gruesome battle with evil incarnate itself. One by one, the holy leaders are being brutally slaughtered by an unknown, malevolent entity. Facing impossible odds and running out of time, the survivors must work together to match wits against their deadly adversary. It’s an epic battle of Good versus Evil, with the winner taking all…the fate of every man, woman, and child on Earth hangs in the balance! Conjured up from the vivid imagination of G.A. Minton, the award-winning author of TRISOMY XXI, comes a tale of unspeakable horror. Akin to Seven, The Prophecy, and Angel Heart, ANTITHEUS takes the forces of light and darkness to a whole new level—holding an unforeseen ending that will both surprise and amaze its reader. Prepare yourself for a terrifying trip into the world of infinite evil!
DJ: What were some of your influences for Antitheus?
G.A.: The surreal story behind the birth of Trisomy XXI and Antitheus harken me back to Mark Twain’s old adage that “truth is stranger than fiction.” I’ll try to be brief, but please allow me to start from the beginning. A few years ago, I was rear-ended by a speeding, drunk driver, who totaled my car and landed me in the hospital emergency room with a closed-head injury. As a result of this devastating car crash, I sustained a closed-head injury, which not only adversely affected my memory, but also posed problems with my abilities to communicate with others. After months of seeing a neurologist and taking medication used to treat patients suffering from Alzheimer’s Dementia, my damaged brain slowly healed itself. But during my recovery, I noticed that something had changed in regards to my thought processes. As bizarre as it may sound, I had developed a newfound passion for writing, an overwhelming urge to pen a story—resulting in the birth of my first novel, Trisomy XXI. Somehow, the damaged neurons in my frontal cortex had rearranged themselves into a new and different configuration, thereby enhancing the creative abilities of my brain (a rare form of savantism known as acquired savant syndrome, which is defined as “a person who acquires prodigious capabilities or skills following dementia, a head injury or severe blow to the head, or other disturbance”). Trisomy XXI, like my new novel, Antitheus, came to me from out of the blue, somehow spawned de novo in my mind. I didn’t choose to be an author…it chose me. Weirdly enough, it was a car accident that was responsible for my newfound passion for creative writing (a true story, even though it sounds like a twisted plot from a Stephen King novel). Prior to my car accident, I had neither the desire nor the training to write anything of a literary or creative nature, much less a novel. It was only after my brain had healed from the closed head injury that a number of ideas for dark stories erupted from my newly-enhanced imagination.
DJ: Could you briefly tell us what makes your main characters compelling?
G.A.: I purposely described the characters of Antitheus in vivid detail so that the reader can easily identify with each one of them. Zeke Reinhart, who is the proprietor of The Goldmine Lodge, calls Sheriff Scott Parker when he finds one of the clergy members of The Shepherds of God brutally murdered. One by one, the inhabitants of the lodge are being savagely slaughtered by an unknown entity. Time is running out, so the survivors must devise a plan to defeat their evil adversary…the fate of all mankind is at hand! I’ve taken extra effort to ensure that everyone in Antitheus has a realistic and three-dimensional persona. Every character has been endowed with a unique set of personality traits that the reader can both appreciate and relate to. When you read Antitheus, you’ll see what I mean.
DJ: What is the setting of Antitheus like?
G.A.: The story of Antitheus takes place at The Goldmine Lodge, a scenic, isolated area located high up in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. A group of clergymen called The Shepherds of God are holding their yearly religious conference there, and have been trapped inside the lodge by a raging blizzard. One by one, the holy leaders are being viciously murdered by an unseen, otherworldly being. Facing certain death, the survivors must devise a plan to destroy the bloodthirsty predator before its evil prophecy is fulfilled.
DJ: What was your favorite part about writing Antitheus?
G.A.: Antitheus, like Trisomy XXI, is a horror story written with a number of twists and turns incorporated throughout its shocking journey into the unknown. I enjoyed writing Antitheus because it allowed me to create a suspenseful tale of supernatural horror that can both be shared and enjoyed by others. Given the number of favorable book reviews Antitheus has already received before its release date, I believe that this novel will be a favorite among readers of mystery and horror. If I can stir up those emotions of fear, dread, and terror in my readers, then I am a happy camper who’s accomplished his goals. To me, that is what’s great about being an author!
DJ: What do you think readers will be talking about most once they finish it?
G.A.: Probably the surprise ending that no one would have ever guessed… except for the great Mr. S. Holmes, I presume. Here are a few comments from some professional book reviewers about Antitheus:
“Harken back to Stephen King’s now-famous characters who were trapped in a huge hotel with a blizzard raging outside (while the demons raged within), and throw in some of the debates regarding right vs. wrong that Dan Brown focused upon in his now-famous tale, and you will create a mixture from where this incredible book could have been born. To say this is simply one of those good vs. evil battles would really not do this tale justice; it’s too well-written. The author has made sure that every character has that touch of evil. Minton has made sure no stone was left unturned.” Quill says: If you want that great horror story that’s intelligent and frightens you to death, this is the book for you! – Amber Lignor from Feathered Quill Book Reviews.
“ANTITHEUS by G.A. Minton is a blend of horror and fantasy, a story that brilliantly handles the all-time conflict between good and evil. ANTITHEUS is a masterfully executed story that will entertain fans of horror and stay with them for a long time. Couldn’t put down!” – Christian Sia’s 5-STAR Review from Readers’ Favorite.
“Minton is very good at what he does, so make sure to lock the doors before you start reading!” – Horror Palace Book Review by Damnetha Jules.
“ANTITHEUS by G.A. Minton is part horror, part supernatural thriller–a gripping story that will leave the reader with shivers. The drama is intense, the characters believable and rock-solid, and the entire piece is mind-blowing.” – Readers’ Favorite 5-STAR Review from Romuald Dzemo.
DJ: Did you have a particular goal when you began writing Antitheus? Was there a particular message or meaning you are hoping to get across when readers finish it? Or is there perhaps a certain theme to the story?
G.A.: The underlying theme of Antitheus addresses the divine dichotomy that affects all humans: Who will win in the epic battle of Good versus Evil?
DJ: When I read, I love to collect quotes – whether it be because they’re funny, foodie, or have a personal meaning to me. Do you have any favorite quotes from Antitheus that you can share with us?
G.A.: I don’t want to divulge any spoilers, so here are a couple of quotes.
“I’m not a doctor, but the man’s got a hole in his chest bigger than your fist. And his heart is missing too!”
“Since we can’t leave the lodge, we’re going to have to figure out how to stop the thing…before it murders us all!”
DJ: What is next for you after Antitheus is released?
G.A.: I’ve recently completed the screenplay for Trisomy XXI, so now I’m busy at work writing my next novel, a story of the macabre with some bizarre plot twists that should both mesmerize and horrify its unsuspecting reader. One of my trademarks is that my novels contain an O. Henry or Rod Serling surprise ending—hopefully intended to baffle even the most astute of mystery readers!
DJ: Where can readers find out more about you?
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amzn.com/G.-A.-Minton/e/B01D5QASXO
Author Newsletter: https://www.gaminton.com
YouTube: https://youtu.be/71HtB1dHyZY Antitheus Book Trailer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlcJvtdThMo Trisomy XXI Book Trailer
DJ: Before we go, what is that one thing you’d like readers to know about Antitheus that we haven’t talked about yet?
G.A.: I dedicated Antitheus to my wonderful Mother, Shirley, who always gave me encouragement and support for my writing. She passed away on June 5th, 2017. I love you, Mom!
DJ: Is there anything else you would like add?
G.A.: Links to where you can purchase Antitheus (Release Date 10/16/2017):
Amazon Books: www.amzn.com/B0744XJ11K (Kindle)
Author Website: https://www.gaminton.com
DJ: Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to answer my questions!
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About the Book:
Trapped by a blizzard in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, a group of clergymen attending a religious conference find themselves thrown into a gruesome battle with evil incarnate itself. One by one, the holy leaders are being brutally slaughtered by an unknown, malevolent entity. Facing impossible odds and running out of time, the survivors must work together to match wits against their deadly adversary. It’s an epic battle of Good versus Evil, with the winner taking all. . .the fate of every man, woman, and child on Earth hangs in the balance!
Conjured up from the vivid imagination of G.A. Minton, the award-winning author of TRISOMY XXI, comes a tale of unspeakable horror. Akin to Seven, The Prophecy, and Angel Heart, ANTITHEUS takes the forces of light and darkness to a whole new level—holding an unforeseen ending that will both surprise and amaze its reader. Prepare yourself for a terrifying trip into the world of infinite evil!
“ANTITHEUS is a masterfully executed story that will entertain fans of horror and stay with them for a long time. Couldn’t put down!” – Christian Sia’s 5-STAR Review from Readers’ Favorite.
“ANTITHEUS is written to read like an irresistible spell for fans of thrillers and realistic tales of horror.” – Readers’ Favorite 5-STAR Review from Romuald Dzemo.
About the Author:
From his early childhood, G.A. Minton has always been a diehard fan of science fiction and horror. Whenever a scary movie was playing down at the local theater, he was there in attendance with his friends, loudly screaming in terror alongside them. G.A. enjoys many hobbies, but the game of golf is one of his favorites, having lettered on his high school golf team. Besides writing, he also enjoys reading, traveling, fishing, swimming, snorkeling, working out, listening to hard rock music, and watching great movies—especially those genres that encompass horror, science fiction, mystery, and comedy.
Strangely enough, it was only after G.A. was rear-ended by a drunk driver and suffered a closed-head injury that he developed a newfound passion for writing (even though this story has the makings for a bizarre Stephen King horror novel, it is nonetheless true). After numerous visits to a neurologist and months of taking medication used by patients afflicted with Alzheimer’s Disease, his injured brain slowly began to mend itself. When the damage to his brain finally healed, G.A. noticed something very different in his thought patterns. Now, there was an overwhelming urge, a compulsive drive to put on paper fascinating stories that had formed de novo in his mind. That’s how TRISOMY XXI, his first novel and recipient of multiple awards, was born. One could surmise that the damaged neurons in G.A.’s frontal cortex had rearranged themselves into a different pattern, thereby enhancing the creative elements in his brain (a rare medical condition, known as “acquired savant syndrome”). God only knows. . .stranger things have happened! G.A. is now referred to as “the savant horror writer” by many of his friends.
G.A. has recently completed his second novel, ANTITHEUS, a dark supernatural tale of horror that takes Good vs. Evil to a whole new level. Currently, his brain is busy at work, meticulously processing the text for another story of the macabre that will both entertain and horrify its unsuspecting reader. One of G.A.’s trademarks is that his stories contain an O. Henry or Rod Serling surprise ending that would baffle even the likes of the great Sherlock Holmes! G.A. lives in Texas with his wife, a son and daughter, and two Bengal cats named Phinneas and Shamus.