Interview with Theophilus Monroe, Author of The Curse of Cain
16 Feb 2022
What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write The Curse of Cain?
Cain (yes, that Cain) was a character in a previous series I wrote. He was the character from Biblical lore who, on account of his “mark” never died. Six thousand years later, he was the chief psychiatrist at an asylum for the magically and mentally deranged.
After I wrote that series I polled my readers and asked which of my side characters they’d like to see as the heroes/heroines of their own series. I almost forgot about Cain and added him at the end of the poll. He won by a landslide. So, I decided to craft his own series!
If you had to pick theme songs for the main characters of The Curse of Cain, what would they be?
“Hungry Like the Wolf,” by Duran Duran. Since Cain’s curse is that he’s also a werewolf, it fits.
What’s your favorite genre to read? Is it the same as your favorite genre to write?
I like to read epic fantasy, usually. I do write epic fantasy though not as often. My first epic fantasy series will be coming out under the name of my elven half-brother T.R. Magnus towards the end of this year. So, I do write epic fantasy, and I’ll be publishing it soon!
What books are on your TBR pile right now?
“The Iron Prince,” by Bryce O’Connor and Luke Chmilenko. I’m also still trying to get into the latest installment in Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive, “Rhythm of War.”
What scene in your book was your favorite to write?
There’s a scene where an Ogre in the asylum, who thinks he is the reincarnation of Michael Jackson, enthralls the entire asylum through a spell to do the Thriller dance.
Do you have any quirky writing habits? (lucky mugs, cats on laps, etc.)
I don’t know how quirky it is, but I don’t write on a computer. I use a Freewrite.
Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?
“If the world were going to end tomorrow, I’d plant a tree.” Martin Luther
If you could choose one thing for readers to remember after reading your book, what would it be?
This book his a strong “redemption” message. Obviously, Cain has a lot to atone for. But the mistakes of someone’s past don’t have to be a prison that defines a person’s life.
Theophilus Monroe is the author of the new book The Curse of Cain
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