Author Ted Dekker
Today I am very pleased to welcome
the master of thrillers, Ted Dekker to Interviews &
Reviews. Ted is the award-winning and New York Times bestselling
author of more than forty novels, with over ten million copies
sold worldwide. He was born in the jungles of Indonesia to
missionary parents, and his upbringing as a stranger in a
fascinating and sometimes frightening culture fueled his
imagination. His fiction has been honored with numerous awards,
including two Christy Awards, two Inspy Awards, an RT Reviewers'
Choice Award, and an ECPA Gold Medallion. In 2013, NPR readers
nationwide put him in the Top 50 Thriller Authors of All Time.
His current book, The 49th Mystic, was just released in
May of 2018 and entered the Christian Booksellers Fiction
(Suspense/Mystery) list at #2. A sequel, Rise of the Mystics,
will follow this fall.
Ted's daughter, Rachelle Dekker, is also an author and
has a new book herself, The Calling #2. It entered that
same list this month at #5.
Ted, you are
well-known for stories that explore truth and the world through
a different perspective. How do you come up with the themes
behind your books?
I grew up in the jungles of
Indonesia among cannibals - a white face in a sea of noble
warriors whom I tried my best to emulate. As such I was an
outsider and, coming to the United States, an outsider there as
in from outside the cultural bubble gives one a unique
perspective of the people and beliefs inside the bubble, and it
was from this perspective that I began to write.
said that, my primary purpose in writing has always been to
understand my own identity in this world because I wasn't deeply
rooted in any particular cultural identity that made sense to
me. Thus, all of my stories, whether involving serial killers or
other worlds, are a quest to discover truth in a world of
Your new series,
Beyond the Circle, includes two books, The 49th Mystic
(May 2018) and Rise of the Mystics (October 2018), which
are in the same universe as the Circle series.
How are these two titles related to that series?
The 49th Mystic is a
whole new story in the same universe as Black, Red, White,
and Green (the Circle series) and ultimately is the
fulfillment of that series. But it reads as a stand-alone
without requiring anyone to have read the Circle.
Ted Dekker with daughter and fellow
author, Rachelle Dekker
The two stories intersect and complement each other, like how
Batman's story intersects Wonder Woman's, but they aren't
dependent on each other. For those who have read the
Circle series, The 49th Mystic will bring a whole new
layer of meaning and fulfillment to what they think they know. It's
a wild, wild ride.
Seals play a huge
role in both books.
Why are these important to the overall plot?
We are all on a quest to discover light in darkness, love instead of
fear, meaning where questions persist. The 49th Mystic is
about a blind girl named Rachelle who is tasked with the quest to
find the Five Seals of Truth before her enemies destroy her. In many
ways, these five seals are what we're all searching for in our own
lives. We find ourselves on the same wild quest for seals of truth
that Rachelle is on.
Your main character
is a young blind girl named Rachelle. How does her
vision affect the story line?
The story asks a critical question: What if we are all blind and
don't know it? Perception is at the very heart of this story as much
as our lives. So we, along with Rachelle, take the journey of
blindness to sight in staggering fashion. The greatest challenge
Rachelle faces isn't seeing but retaining her sight, because the
forces aligned against her easily blind her over and over. Just like
You have described
these books as "the most important novels I have ever written."
Why are these books so personal to you?
I've learned much about life since I first penned the Circle
series fifteen years ago. The 49th Mystic is the
culmination of all I have written.
Interestingly, Allen Arnold, the publisher of that first
series, said the same thing after reading The 49th Mystic. It
is said that our challenges become our greatest teachers, and I
would say that this story most closely resembles all the challenges
and all the breakthroughs I've experienced in my life to this point.
It's very personal, but it's also universal. We all share the same
essential journey through life, from blindness to sight, from
darkness to light, from fear to love.
What do you hope
readers will learn from
The 49th Mystic?
The true nature of love and how we might walk in that love.
Everything else means nothing without it.
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