Divine Intervention


This novelette is a tongue-in-cheek take on the role a creator might take in the creation of a human, and why the creator might intervene and call a stop to the work already done. Deacon and Joanne are twins who are polar opposites. One is inherently good: one inherently evil. It’s just how they were made, but does that mean they cannot take responsibility for their own actions? Or does it mean that the ultimate in omniscient narrators has to help out?

“So, what does God do when we aren’t looking? Maybe more than we think. The story was a wonderful look into the mind of a deity and his/her creations. The main characters were written with such vivid characterization that its easy to love or hate them. The only issue I had with the story is that it ended. I would love to see what happens next.’ – KH

“REALLY well written, but I was shocked that it ended so quickly. If you write another version we need a car chase and a struggle to the death. You know what I mean. Loved it though. Dead funny. Even for an atheist’ – MG

“I loved the line “So that’s me. God. Sexless creator of billions of beings, some sentient – and some not so much”. It put me in mind of my ex-boyfriend, though I think that God might have forsaken him. I don’t read too many stories about how manipulative God can be!” – IK

Publisher Review

This quirky little novelette is all about a pair of twins – Deacon and Joanne. One is inherently good, and the other evil. But it isn’t something that either of them are really all that responsible for. You see, at the route of it all is the ultimate in omniscient narrators, God.

God’s cheeky contrivances and his overanalytical approach to the relationship between chalk and cheese Deacon and Joanne gave me a huge amount of pleasure to write and still raise a smile when I read them back. What I loved about writing this book was that the story of good and evil, with a God narrator seemed so normal and right.  I tried to get God to be an impartial being, but he is obviously siding with Deacon, while secretly sympathising with Joanne for the fate he’s forced on her.

I wanted the book to have its fair share of humour and high emotion, and also to contain a few potentially  unfeasible plot turns. I think it succeeds here.An early review professed a little dissatisfaction at the speed of the ending. I have to confess that, mistake or not, this was entirely intentional. My original longwinded ending included a car chase, a kidnapping and a hostage recovery situation, but it never sat right with me, and put me off completing it for years.

In the end I knew it needed a concise and snappy conclusion. My reviewer would have preferred the car chase etc, but the way it ends now is as much an authorial quirk as it is a (possible) structural error.  When I watch TV, what I get out of it is simple – I like to watch the characters, their relationships and everything that goes on in their lives, ready for the build up, but when it comes to the fight scene or the car chase or the enormous pivotal disaster, I switch off (mentally or actually) and often leave the room. That isn’t what interests me as a person and definitely isn’t’ what interests me as a writer. So I’ll apologise in advance to those who would have preferred the ‘big deal’ ending, but hope you enjoy the story anyway.
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