An Interview with Joshua Golding, Author of The Conversation

July 3, 2012

When you picture someone reading your work, how do you see them? What do they think about, wear, and do? Or, maybe a better way to say it: who do you write for? And how do you see your writing nourishing others?

My readers include anyone who is genuinely interested in the spiritual and philosophical journey. Since much of my work focuses on Judaism and Jewish philosophy, many of my readers are Jewish. Some are very committed, Orthodox Jews, but others are less traditional. But I also have many Christian readers. Since the book is very philosophical, it is not light reading and therefore not everybody’s cup of tea. But, since my newest book, The Conversation, is a novel, it allows the reader to follow the main character through a spiritual and philosophical journey that is also intensely personal. Some of my readers will sympathize with the struggles and doubts, spiritual highs and lows that are common along this journey.

How do you use fiction as a practice for spiritual exploration, discipline, or growth? Can you offer any practical advice or sure-fire practices for folks interested in allowing writing to inform their spiritual discipline?

In my fictional work, I painted a picture of a college student who wrestles with the intellectual and practical challenges that are posed by a demanding faith such as Judaism. One of the techniques I used is that the character keeps a journal, in which he reflects on these challenges. In some ways, the novel is quasi-autobiographical. Many of the questions and conflicts which the main character experiences are ones which I went through as a college student. Writing this novel was something of a Read the rest of this entry »