The “Thursday Interview” hosts Curran Geist!

I was just a guest on the blog The Thursday Interview. It was a delightful interview, packed with probing and philosophical questions. All my religion and philosophy classes sure came in handy today.

Below are some highlights from my interview.

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Curran Geist, author of “Only The Cold Remains”

Today I’d like welcome Curran Geist, author of  “Only The Cold Remains” to the Thursday interview. 
OK – HERE WE GO !!  
No.1 Would you break the law to save a loved one? .. why?
Definitely, yes. I would do anything to protect the ones I love, including give up my own life. So breaking the law would be nothing. Furthermore, there is a difference between “law” and “justice”. I believe many laws are unjust and oppressive. Thus breaking a law – whether for a loved one or even a stranger – can actually be the moral, right thing to do in many circumstances.
No.2  What is the difference between being alive and truly living?
Well, this is a highly subjective question. So I can only speak to how I view this, and not how other people should see things. For me, I think being alive refers to the physical aspect of existence. If I breathe, if my heart beats – well, then I’m alive. However, to truly live, I have to be in touch with my emotions and dreams. To truly live, I have to try and make this world a better place and to be the best person that I can. For much of my life, I was just being alive and sleepwalking through my existence. I decided to pursue my passion for writing and in turn became far more in touch with what I think it means to be human and to truly live.
No.3  What motivates you to write?
I’m not just motivated to write. I need to write. I found that without writing I was a bit empty inside. So there’s that. However, I also write because I think it’s one of the best avenues to looking into the eyes of others. I love imagining how different people would wrestle with difficult circumstances. I’m passionate about human rights issues. There are so many horrible things happening around the world. I use to feel really powerless and like there was nothing I could do. However, writing gives me a tool to push back against that injustice. Through my characters – who often face oppressive circumstances – I can also take a stand. This is empowering to me. It is also a cathartic process to help me overcome some of the difficult things that have happened in my own life.
No.4  Why do humans want children?
Wow, great question. I’m actually expecting my first child this summer. I’m so excited. I can’t really say why humans – in general – want children. Some people are quite nefarious. I want to have a child, because I absolutely adore my wife. I wouldn’t want a child, if I wasn’t with such an amazing person. The world can be a cruel place, but also so beautiful. I want a child to help show that little one all the good in the world, through love, kindness, and empathy. Having this child has brought my wife and I so much closer. I see myself as one part of a global community. Having a child helps add to that sense of community with our soon-to-be unit of three.  
No.5  What was the biggest challenge in creating your book “ONLY THE COLD REMAINS” ?
Self-doubt. It’s just so important to believe in yourself and what you’re doing. As with other writers, I got a lot of positive but also negative responses to my first book. It’s a fine balance between being receptive to constructive feedback, but then not sacrificing aspects of my writing that are important to what I’m all about. I wrestled with this a lot when writing my latest book. I began to wonder why I was writing in the first place. Eventually, I focused on what was important to me, which was just to write characters that I could truly love and be proud of. Hopefully readers will fall in love with them, too.
No.6  What is the most important thing you have learned in life so far?
Just to respect all forms of life. I love animals — even bugs. I try my best not to kill any type of bug. If I go on hikes, I watch the ground not to step on worms or caterpillars. It may seem kind of silly, but I think showing respect to smallest, most “insignificant” beings helps frame my view on life in general. No life is insignificant to me. No decision should be taken lightly. Power should never be wielded carelessly. Killing a tiny insect may not seem to affect you, but it can affect a whole ecosystem that we can’t see. There is just so much more to the world than we may not even realize. So I just try to respect other living beings as best I can. Though, that can be difficult. Living in NYC for seven years definitely tested my patience. 
No.7  How did you come up with the title “ONLY THE COLD REMAINS” ?
Well, the series is called THE SITY, which is symbolic for an extraterrestrial city of sin. I chose the title for my latest book, ONLY THE COLD REMAINS, because of its double meaning. The best way to explain the double meaning would be that the word COLD can be a noun or an adjective. 

You can read my full interview here.


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