10 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Guest Post by John DiRicco, Author of Through

Why did you decide to become a writer?

There are only 26 letters in the English alphabet. It is amazing to me that these 26 letters can (through hard work, inspiration, and sometimes maybe a little luck) be arranged into words, and those words into sentences, in such a way that moves a reader (or listener) to laugh, think, get angry, or cry. And sometimes all at the same time. Words can stand forever. Writing is so hard to do, and often frustrating to try, but there’s something about trying to find those words.

Your book “Through” is set in purgatory. How did you approach writing about a place like this?

I understand the religious connotation the word “purgatory” has, but I did not approach my story necessarily from that perspective. There are hints of that in my story, but I was interested in writing about the idea of atoning for the sins one commits during his or her life. Is there a price to pay for how you live your life? Who might make that judgement? And what if you can, after you die, still be forgiven for your sins? And the concept of a purgatory seems rather scary – a limbo that one may or may not ever leave, like an open prison of some sort.

How can readers identify with a character in purgatory?

I think readers can identify with the characters in this story because we are all flawed. No one is perfect, and while readers might not have committed sins as grievous as the characters in this story, they can ask themselves: “Would I have done the same thing if I found myself in a certain situation?”

Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is John DiRicco, and I was born and raised in Munhall, Pennsylvania. My schooling (St. Therese, Central Catholic High School, Duquesne University) kept me close to home, which was a great thing as I remained close to my family and met my future wife at Duquesne. We’ve been happily married since 2003 and live in the Pittsburgh area.

About the Book:
Is it too late, even after death, to save yourself? This is the only question worth answering for Thomas when he wakes up dead and in purgatory. He is perhaps trapped in this dismal world, with only fellow liars, thieves and sinners to turn to as he seeks an answer. One person seems to know a way out, but can Thomas trust her? Or anyone here? Or himself? The individuals he meets in purgatory are damaged and guilty. All are here for a reason, but few show just one shade. And some seek only damnation for themselves and others. There is not much time. Most succumb, sooner rather than later, to the pull below the surface. In this world, Thomas is both his own biggest weakness…and only hope.

Rating: ★★★★★

Book count for 2014: 00

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