You Think I’m Twisted?
Because of the type of books I write and the villains I create I often get asked how a Christian can come up with such twisted, evil, demented characters.
It’s easier than you might think. I know that sounds creepy, but the reality is that all of us have the potential for evil within us. Great evil. Vile stuff. As the saying goes, “We all have a little Eichmann in us.” Referring, of course, to the Nazi “architect of the Holocaust,” Adolf Eichmann.
During one of my visits with my oncologist I mentioned this fact to him, that readers often think I’m weird or strange because of the villains I bring to life. He said, “Michael, you’re no different than anyone else. Everyone has that stuff in their head, you’re just not afraid to expose it.”
Deep stuff, really.
I can create those kind of characters because I recognize the existence of evil and I want to shine the Light on it and expose it, show the consequences of it, how it manipulates and controls and captures and ultimately destroys. And I want to contrast that to life in the Light, forgiven, grace-filled, free.
Please understand, I don’t take it lightly. I don’t explore the dark side for kicks and fantasize about it and toy with it. Just because I write about creeps doesn’t make me one. I’m not a twisted person.
But I’m also not afraid to expose the potential that is there.