D.K. Doulos has written stories most of his life and is thankful he can use his talent in service to God. When he’s not writing, he enjoys going camping, impersonating a grill master, and watching college football. Between epic cross-country family road trips, he’s blessed to live in Texas with his wife and four children. In this interview, Doulos talks about his new book, WoE Is Us. In a world of increasing technological advances and reliance, Doulos plunges his readers into the mayhem of a futuristic robot and cybernetic-implant connected society that—a decade before—fell prey to a deadly computer virus that killed billions and left millions orphaned.
FF: What motivated you to write WoE Is Us?
Over the past few years I’ve read several dystopian books and watched dystopian movies, and the thought occurred to me: “Jesus matters to a billion people on Earth, and many times people turn toward God when life gets hard. If these stories are set in a bleaker, darker future, why shouldn’t people be clinging to the hope found in Jesus?”
I’ve also observed a growing sense in our society that we can use technology to solve all our problems, even death. People dream of cheating death. One way or another, people are in search of a technological salvation, one achieved by humanity’s collective intellect and will. As a Christian, I think they’re looking in the wrong place.
FF: How long did it take you to research and write WoE Is Us?
While some of the initial ideas have been knocking around my brain for over a decade, I spent about two years actively writing (and re-writing!) the book.
FF: Are you interested in pursuing more writing projects in this genre?
Yes. My professional and academic background is in technology (computer science), but I’m not a hard-core science fiction junkie. The dystopian genre allows me to explore the future in a different way. Of course, I reserve the right to venture into other genres as well!
FF: How did your professional background influence you in the writing of this book?
I have a degree in computer science from the University of Texas at Austin. I’d say my experiences living and working in the city during and after college had strong influences in my portrayals of the Austin area in the book.
FF: What do you hope people glean most from reading WoE Is Us?
Whether yesterday, today, or in some dystopian tomorrow, Jesus is our hope and peace for now and eternity. As Christians, we can help and encourage one another to continue and persevere in our faith.
WoE Is Us
Genres: Sci-Fi, Dystopian, Suspense
Release Date: March 30, 2021
Lyrian Wallace was only ten years old when the Malevolence struck on October 10, 2056. She thought the next decade had numbed her to the grief, the death, the bots, and the daily struggle for survival. She lost her parents when they became Sleepers, but like everyone else, she had pieced together a new family. Lyrian was almost content when the Alliance began taking them . . .
The world always took things away from her. She could only live for today and never dared to hope for any heaven. But when her circumstances change, Lyrian must choose how she might live for both this life and the next.
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