Author Inteview & Book Giveaway: Breaking the Devil’s Heart by H.A. Goodman

Welcome to Author H.A. Goodman

H. A. Goodman is a former financial advisor for Morgan Stanley and Charles Schwab as well as a former LAUSD history teacher. He has a degree in International Relations from the University of Southern California and has also worked at the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute. His debut novel, Logic of Demons, has received rave reviews from over 35 book blogs and review sites. In 2012, H. A. combined his love for fantasy and philosophy to create a whirlwind ride through the afterlife in Breaking the Devil’s Heart.

If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
I’d like to go into the future since I already have a general idea of the past. In my humble viewpoint, human history has been an accumulation of cyclical events that mirror human nature. For example, even though we’re separated by thousands of years from the Greek and Roman Empires, there remain a startling number of similarities between now and then. Wars, political and economic strife, love and hate, religion, human relationships, and even our likes and dislikes haven’t changed all that much. For proof, just take a look at Plato’s Republic or Aristotle’s Nichomachean Ethics, and you’ll see how relevant those books are to your own life, even though they were written well over two thousand years ago.

Primarily, I’m interested in the future to see first if we still even have a planet and if we haven’t blown each other to smithereens with nuclear weapons (I must sound like such an optimist). If indeed our world still exists, then I’d be interested in finding out if the human race has evolved philosophically and morally. Will there still be wars and genocide, or ethnic and religious tension in the future? Will our view of love and relationships still be the same? What will fashion be like, and will people be flying around on space scooters? Who knows? These are only a few of the reasons I’d like to travel into the future. That and I’d like to see if future societies have their own version of Keeping up with the Kardashians and Jersey Shore (just joking… kind of). Ultimately, I’d want to find out if we’ve learned from our past in more ways than what I see in our world.

If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?
I’d have dinner with Jesus, Mohammad, Moses, Buddha, and one of the early Hindu sages. After dinner (I wouldn’t want to ruin the meal), I’d ask them how they think humanity has lived up to their teachings.

What is one book everyone should read?
Everyone should read George Orwell’s 1984. The dystopia he writes about might seem like a distant and impossible nightmare, but the more one reads the daily paper, the more frighteningly similar our reality is to Orwell’s imagination. Ultimately, it’s a critique on what makes human beings tick, as well as what happens when people allow others to think for them. Thus, while the world might be just dandy for you and I, someplace on the planet, hundreds of thousands are living through hell. But, that doesn’t stop me or your from watching Dancing with the Stars, or seeing how the Lakers are doing. I’m no better than anyone else, for the record.

If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
I’d like to fly like Superman.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

One food you would never eat?
I’m allergic to asparagus, so I’ll never eat asparagus.

Skittles or M&Ms?
M&M’s, no contest.

What inspired you to want to become a writer?
I was going through a tumultuous period of my life and one evening, I just started to vent my emotions through characters, a plot, an underlying theme, and a story. I find that writing is very cathartic and lot less expensive than therapy. Also, I used to play endless hours of Dungeons and Dragons and read countless comic books growing up, so that helped in a great way as well.

Which authors have influence you most how?
George Orwell and Franz Kafka have influenced me tremendously since both are masters at using metaphor and satirical allegory to highlight a very relevant message about human nature.

Pizza or Pasta?
This is kind of like answering, “Who do you like better? Di Nero or Pacino?” But, I guess I’d have to say pizza, because I couldn’t live without pizza.

If you could have a signed copy of any novel what would it be and why?
Assuming that the Bible was written by God, or at least authored by God, then I’d like a signed copy from the big guy upstairs. That would certainly get me top seller status on Ebay. I guess you could classify the Bible as historical fiction, authored by a higher being – one that I hope exists but not too sure given the political and social strife I see daily in the L.A Times.

Breaking the Devils Heart

When Stewart and Layla recruit a demon to spy on the Devil, their decision takes them on whirlwind ride through the afterlife. Journey alongside this young couple in H. A. Goodman’s new novel, Breaking the Devil’s Heart, and join forces with a teenage Angel outcast to bankrupt Satan’s underground Company and save Heaven from civil war. H. A. Goodman’s Breaking the Devil’s Heart is a rollercoaster afterlife experience that tests a young couple’s love, their grasp on reality, and the essence of human nature. What happens when Stewart and Layla tour Hell’s Marketing Department and Stock Exchange? What happens when their relationship is tested by Satan? This book is unlike anything you’ve ever read, or ever thought the afterlife might be like. Breaking the Devil’s Heart is an enlightening look into an alternate world, a new afterlife, and a profound journey inside the human conscience.

Giveaway Details:
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