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Sunday, July 8, 2012

2-Question Interview With Greg Mitchell

Rift Jump CoverRift Jump by Greg Mitchell

The day Michael Morrison died was the day his life began.

A sinister threat is growing in the void between realities, and Michael has been recruited to stop it. Ripped from his own violent life, he is sent rift jumping to other worlds seeking out the agents of the Dark and putting them to an end by any means necessary. The love of his life, Sara, joins him as he battles Civil War space ships, sea serpents, superpowered humans, and even his own duplicate from a parallel timeline.

But the darkness he fights is growing within him too, calling him to the same destiny as every other Michael from every other world. If he is to change his fate, he must learn to love, to forgive, to trust, and to let the man in the Stetson guide him to become the warrior of the Light he was always meant to be.

Mini-Interview with Greg Mitchell

So your new book Rift Jump is about this guy that travels to parallel dimensions inside of a sheet of paper. You have got to tell me the story behind that.

Yeah, the paper thing. The seed of Rift Jump began as a dream I had one night, waaay back when I was, like, fifteen or something. I remember, distinctly, that it was about this kid (a much cooler version of my young self) who traveled the worlds in a sheet of paper. I can still see the paper in my mind’s eye. It gently rode the winds and you could see flickering images on it, like a movie was being projected on it. It fascinated me in my dream and I translated it exactly into the story. What does it all mean? Who knows. It’s just my unbound id. Draw your own conclusions about the power of simple sheets of paper to carry us to strange and wonderful worlds.

You say you had the idea for Rift Jump when you were fifteen. Have you been writing it all this time?

Not the incarnation that’s out now, no. I wrote a whole series of Rift Jump short stories on and off over the last couple decades—just for the fun of it. It was a sandbox where anything was possible and I had no rules or boundaries of logic. I just wrote whatever I felt about life at the time. I never intended anyone to read them, as I honestly never tried very hard while writing them. It wasn’t about making a professional product—they were more like journals, chronicling my journey into adulthood and my spiritual walk. It wasn’t until a year or so ago that I looked back at this long trail of weird stories and I realized there was something beautiful buried underneath all those personal ramblings. I dug all the old stories out of my desk drawer, dusted them off, and set to work to rewrite them into something that made some semblance of sense to everyone who wasn’t me. I’m very proud of the end result. It’s basically the story of my adolescence—only with a lot more monsters, gangsters, and high-flying adventure :p But, in the interest of full disclosure, that original Rift Jump story that I wrote when I was fifteen is included in an Appendix of the new book that’s out now. It’s a hoot.

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