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USA Radio Network interview 'The First Gospel'
-  with John Clemens, April 12,2017

The First Gospel Interview - Darryl Nyznyk

Q&A: Get to know Darryl

My Favorite Place to Write:​

  • Several years ago, I hired someone to build a desk out of old wood and tree stumps. It truly is a work of art, and while I can certainly write at almost any desk anywhere, I prefer sitting in my home office, the sun filtering through my shutters onto my “old wood” desk with the wind blowing and ocean pounding outside my windows. It’s inspirational, although if I stop to look at the wonder outside, it definitely sidetracks me.

Three Books I wish I’d written:

  • To Kill a Mockingbird. I loved this book. Harper Lee captured, with such simple clarity, the life and times of a horrifically segregated South and how kids had to deal with it.  Her plain but vivid language is something I aspire to, and its success is beyond human reckoning.

  • Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts: Supposedly a true story, this book was almost 1000 pages long and didn’t drag even for a page. To be able to rivet a reader with lyrical prose that demanded reading was unimaginable to me.  Yet Roberts did it.  I long to be able to keep up the pace and excitement while telling such a vivid and exciting story.

  • Shogun by James Clavell: Again, a long book which could very well have been arduous because of that length, but turned out to be amazingly clear, fast paced, and filled with memorable characters who seemed to live even outside the pages of the book.

The Spotify List: Assign a song to my main character in THE FIRST GOSPEL:

  • This is a tough one because one song simply will not work.  In the beginning of the story, perhaps Scott McKenzie’s great 1967 song, San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Some Flowers in your Hair), best epitomizes Mathew Carter.  He’s a bright young man who’s graduated from college AND law school, yet he’s chosen to step off the fast track and live what was once called the “hippy life” of waiting tables at a restaurant and hanging out at the beach. 

  • ELO’s Hold on Tight, with its frenetic pace and wild sounds picks Mathew up as he struggles for his survival as well as those he holds dear. 

  • And the last song ... I’ll leave that to the readers to determine what best fits his character at the end of the book.


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