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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Koontz on Faith & Writing Odd
From "Chatting With Koontz About Faith" (Tim Drake, National Catholic Register, March 11-17, 2007):
Spirituality has always been an element of my books. People who see it as a sudden development were just not perceiving it previously, when it was less central to the story. I write about our struggle as fallen souls, about the grace of God, but I never get on a soapbox about it. I'm first and foremost an entertainer.
While I was working on The Face, a line came into my head … "My name is Odd Thomas. I lead an unusual life." It had nothing to do with The Face, but suddenly I began writing longhand — which I never do — and finished a first chapter of Odd Thomas. That book, from beginning to end, was a flow-state experience of great joy.

In the Odd Thomas series, the overriding theme is the beauty and power of humility. The first three Odd books were gifts to me, and I can't wait to write the fourth. Alone at the keyboard, you find that writing is meditation, sometimes even prayer.
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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Odd Relationship Quote
     "In spite of all that we had been to each other and all that we hoped to achieve together in the years to come, I had been able to hurt her―Why're you afraid of sex?―when she pushed me too hard about my fear of guns.
     "A cynic once said that the most identifying trait of humanity is our ability of be inhumane to one another.
     "I am an optimist about our species. I assume God is, too, for otherwise He would have scrubbed us off the planet a long time ago and would have started over.
     "Yet I can't entirely dismiss that cynic's sour assessment. I harbor a capacity for inhumanity, glimpsed in my cruel retort to the person I love most in all the world."
―Odd, in Dean Koontz, Odd Thomas, ch. 21

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Friday, October 17, 2008

Odd Faith Quote
"Most people desperately desire to believe that they are part of a great mystery, that Creation is a work of grace and glory, not merely the result of random forces colliding. Yet each time that they are given but one reason to doubt, a worm in the apple of the heart makes them turn away from a thousand proofs of the miraculous, whereupon they have a drunkard's thirst for cynicism, and they feed upon despair as a starving man upon a loaf of bread."
―Odd, in Dean Koontz, Odd Thomas, ch. 19

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Odd Writing Quote
"Writing isn't a source of pain. It's psychic chemotherapy. It reduces your psychological tumors and relieves your pain."
―P. Oswald Boone, a.k.a. Little Ozzie, in Dean Koontz, Odd Thomas, ch. 16

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