Jack Brody interview, author of The Moroni Deception

A book that sounds great and I can’t fit it in. I’ll be so glad when I can start taking new books on for review. Till then Jack kindly let’s me pick his brain.

Please tell me about yourself – I’m a writer, ex-military, and an avid traveler.  The Moroni Deception is my first novel.

What is your work space and routine like? – My work space is a rather messy extra bedroom/office that’s almost always full of notes, drafts, and research material strewn all over.  My routine at the time I wrote The Moroni Deception mainly consisted of trying to write a few pages whenever I was able to find the time in my schedule–often rather late at night– and I would usually start off by rewriting some of the pages I’d previously written to try to get back into the flow.

What are you reading now? – The Bourne Identity, Christopher Reich’s The Rules of Deception, and rereading Charles Willeford’s The Way We Die Now. 

Some favorite books and authors? – My all-time favorite is A Confederacy of Dunces, followed in no particular order by The Sirens of TitanThe Impressionist, Ismael, and Catcher In The Rye.  My favorite writers are Kurt Vonnegut, Charles Willeford, Walter Mosely, John D. MacDonald, and John Le Carre.

You’ve been in the military, gone to film school, run a business, and are now a writer.  Wow, what else do you have planned? – I would mostly like to keep writing.  I just find that storytelling –which has always been a part of who I am–feeds my soul, if you will, more than pretty much anything else I’ve ever done. The writing aspect I know I need to keep working on, but I feel I’ve definitely made great strides since I began novel writing 5 years ago.

Has all that life experience been helpful while writing? –  Definitely, because of my dealings with people from all walks of life, whether I was life guarding, working in a textile plant, in the Army for three years, working in a bookstore, meeting countless people in the business I’ve been in for the last 10+ years, I think I’m able to add a degree of authenticity to my writing, in both my dialogue and characterization that say, someone just a few years out of college probably would not be able to provide.

What kind of research did you do for The Moroni Deception?  Extensive.  From sources as varied as The Book of Mormon, to several first or second hand historical accounts of both the Mountain Meadows Massacre and the death of Joseph Smith, to a number of other books examining the religion and its practitioners, to reams of information available on the Internet, I usually tried to find several corroborating sources, rather than just resorting to widespread myths and rumors about the religion, of which there were many.


Please tell us about your book – The Moroni Deception is a political conspiracy thriller, but like The Da Vinci Code, it also has a religious backdrop–in this case the Mormon Church.  While I definitely don’t mind the favorable comparisons to Mr. Brown’s wildly popular novel, I actually think of it as being more similar, if I had to draw a comparison, to Stieg Larsson’s Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, in terms of the elements having to do with an investigative reporter digging into the family background of a very powerful man, who in my novel is a U.S. Senator, who just happens to be Mormon, running for President.


What do we have to look forward to next and when? –  Even before I finished writing The Moroni Deception, I got an idea for the follow-up featuring Michael Chenault from some articles I’d been reading about a powerful, but rather secretive group that’s been shaping U.S. policy for almost the last 60 years.  I probably shouldn’t say too much more, and as far as when, well, let’s just say I hope it doesn’t take another 5 years.  I’d like to shoot for 2 years, but that probably depends largely on the success of The Moroni Deception and whether I’ll be able to devote myself full-time to writing.
Thanks so much.   Thank you, Jessica, for taking the time and for the great questions.

Michael Chenault, award-winning investigative journalist with the New York Times, is rousted in the middle of the night by NYPD detectives and accused of the bizarre murder of a complete stranger. After clearing himself, Chenault finds that Martin Koplanski, the retired history professor he’d been accused of murdering, was likely killed for a mysterious Mormon relic long thought to be just a myth.

Twenty-four hours later, Chenault receives an email with a photo of the recently murdered wife of Presidential candidate, Brockston Ratchford. She too appears to have been ritually killed in the exact manner as Koplanski, right down to having the same cryptic character scrawled in blood across her forehead. With way more than just a hunch to now go on, Chenault heads out to Salt Lake City, the site of the Ratchford murder investigation, to find out what, if any, connection there is between the murders.

With the help of a beautiful young reporter he meets along the way, Chenault comes to learn the dark family secrets of a rising political star, along with the rather strange but true history of the Mormon church. As he pieces the story together of what appears to be an ever-growing conspiracy, Chenault is pursued by The Brothers, two murderous zealots who will stop at nothing to retrieve the Mormon relic Chenault is also trying to find. What Chenault eventually discovers is that what he’s uncovered may not only affect the outcome of the next Presidential election, but decide the fate of an entire religion–if he can manage to stay alive.

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