5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Paul Collins, author of Mack Dunstan’s Inferno
Paul Collins: Mack Dunstan’s Inferno was inspired by the documentary “Bowling for Columbine“, where Michael Moore challenged actor Charlton Heston on his role in gun rallies on the week of a massacre at Columbine High School. Well, the Heston Estate forbid the use of Heston in the work, but iUniverse has published it because I changed Charlton Heston into Mack Dunstan, and the paperback is called Mack Dunstan’s Inferno.
JP: What sets Mack Dunstan’s Inferno apart from other books in the same genre?
PC: Mack Dunstan’s Inferno is about the death experience without the dogma of organized religion. It is also about the victims of violence, not the guilty who are being punished for their crimes. It is every day average people, including politicians, and Hollywood actors, all adding humor, or insight into the work.
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that led to Mack Dunstan’s Inferno getting out to the public?
PC: This book mentions names, some famous, some not. Mack Dunstan’s Inferno is a reflection of our society, a sight we would not like to see, but we have to see it and understand it to make this world better. Essentially, sometimes you have to walk through the mud, to smell the roses!
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take you to start and finish Mack Dunstan’s Inferno?
PC: The only way I can scribble is to daydream. The idea comes stream of consciousness, before I start following a structure. This idea also came right from “Bowling for Columbine” and reading Dante’s Inferno. I started writing it in May or June of 2004, and I finished it at the end of February 2005.
JP: What’s next for Paul Collins?
PC: I have worked in film and TV for over ten years. I meet a lot of crazy characters in my position. I find if you work with someone for 12 or 14 hours, you will get to know a person more than you plan. Some people leave a lasting impression because they may something private.
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