I’ve been receiving literally countless requests for some discussion topics on Shepherd, primarily asking about themes I used while writing the book.

Rather than respond to all of the emails or even wait for any to come in, I figured I would go ahead and spell out some of the themes here:

 

Repetitive inversion of protagonist through the looking glass

Name

Michael Ozarks – Andrew Henry
Shepherd – Henry, Drew
Lottery Man – Andrew, Jason Henry

Vegetarianism

Michael Ozarks – Former
Shepherd – Current
Lottery Man -Becomes after mocking

Reading

Michael Ozarks – Love/Hate
Shepherd – Hates
Lottery Man – Loves

Musicianship

Michael Ozarks – Former
Shepherd – Terrible
Lottery Man – N/A

 

Hollywood occult symbolism

Platinum Pyramids

6th plus 7th floor

6 years, 6 books, 6 films

Hyper-sexuality

 

Shepherd

Feed my sheep three times

Being called to use his talents for God’s purpose after drudging through sin

 

Writing taboos

Starting with chase scenes

Dream sequences

Apotheosis

Clichés

Writer as protagonist

 

Minor themes

Roommate Carrie: Karen’s substitute