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Interview with Mike Duran

This month's interview is with Mike Duran, whose books, The Ghost Boxand Saint Death, we've reviewed in the past.

How would you describe your spiritual and/or religious beliefs, and how would you say they influence your writing?

Well, I was raised a Catholic and, after a long spiritual trek, converted to Protestantism (specifically Evangelicalism). My beliefs are fairly mainstream. I espouse the standard creeds—Nicene and Apostles’ Creed—and am a regular church-goer. I’m also an ordained minister and pastored a church for over a decade.

I suppose my beliefs influence my writing in a variety of ways. For one, our lives are part of a huge meta-narrative. That’s how the Bible portrays human history, as the playing out of this over-arching cosmic drama, with many players, and humans in the leading role. So, in a sense, all stories are micro-narratives within a vast cosmic story. I tend to approach my stories and characters that way, as micronarratives within a larger cosmic strugg…

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