JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
P.G. Forte, author of Edge of Heaven
Welcome to the afterlife, where men are men and the angels are fallen. Edge is an unlikely angel. Unable to atone for the sins he committed while human, he’s resigned to spending the rest of eternity in Limbo. Until he meets a miracle named Matteo.
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the idea and inspiration to write Edge of Heaven?
P.G. Forte: Edge of Heaven is one of those stories thatâ€™s been knocking around in my brain for awhile. I guess the original impetus was a discussion about peopleâ€™s very different impressions and perceptions about angels. It got me wondering whether we were all talking about the same beings at all. When the first paragraph of the prologue popped into my head, I knew I had my story.
People have all sorts of misconceptions about angels. They think weâ€™re perfect. They think we donâ€™t have feelings or emotions or lust after each otherâ€™s bodies — and occasionally after yours as well. Thatâ€™s nonsense. Of course we do. Weâ€™re only human, after all. Or at least some of us were. Once.
JP: What sets Edge of Heaven apart from other novels in its genre?
PGF: Does it even have a genre? Like most of the stories that intrigue me, Edge of Heaven combines several sub-genres. I think that, by itself, sets it apart. But, I think the humor is what really makes it differentâ€”at least for me.
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that lead to Edge of Heaven getting out to the public?
PGF: In this case, perseveranceâ€¦or possibly sheer stubbornness. Edge of Heaven was a hard sell at first. Too many people read it and wanted me to change Edgeâ€™s voice, or change the POV, or the tense in which the story was told.
I knew it would need to find just the right home and it did. I finally found an editor who loved the story as much as I did.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take for you to start and finish Edge of Heaven?
PGF: Edge of Heaven is a lot shorter than most of my other books, so itâ€™s no surprise it was also one of the quickest in terms of writing it. The initial story only took about a month to write. The editing and re-writing probably took twice that long!
From start to finishâ€”not counting that first page, which was a total gift from my museâ€”Iâ€™d say the process took approximately six months.
JP: What’s next for P.G. Forte?
PGF: Iâ€™m currently working on a short Christmas story and hoping to get back to work soon on another angel book. Itâ€™s not a sequel though!
Iâ€™d like to set the record straight on that because a very odd rumor seems to be circulating claiming thereâ€™s a sequel in the works. Thereâ€™s not.
Which isnâ€™t to say Edge and/or Mattie might not make a surprise appearance elsewhere sometime in the future, but as of this writing I have no plans for a sequel!
Iâ€™m also awaiting word from my editor on the status of a new ms Iâ€™ve recently submitted. That is a sequel, as it happens, to my vampire novel, In the Dark.