QUESTION: How do you feel the media/technology revolution has changed our intake of stories and storytelling?
DON: The technology Revolution, and that includes the publication of eBooks and the availability of books in so many different multimedia forms, has been the most revolutionary and significant event in the world of literature since the invention of the printing press, in my opinion. My very first novel released, TREASON, a military Thriller based upon a young JAG officer his called upon to prosecute three Islamic imams who are part of a terrorist sleeper cell in the Navy, was released in 2005. The book languished in sales a little bit for the first four years, but then, at the beginning of November 2009, the terror attacks at Fort Hood happened, carried out by an Islamic jihadist name major Nidal Hassan, carrying out the attacks as a U.S. Army officer planted inside Fort Hood.
About that time, my publisher, Zondervan, now owned by HarperCollins, decided to put TREASON on Kindle, and because the book had a storyline that some say "predicted" Fort Hood, the book the exploded to the top of the Amazon bestsellers list, and the rest is history. Amazon, as you may know, is the largest bookseller in the world, and while there are some old-fashioned folks like me to like the hold our books and smell them and cuddle with them by the fire while we're having hot chocolate or whatever, the fact is that Amazon has sold more eBooks than paperbound books. In other words, now, in the age of the e-book Revolution, eBooks outpace all other books in sales, and I don't see that changing anytime in the foreseeable future, although I remain partial to paper-bound myself, largely for nostalgic reasons.