Author Interview "Micah Dank"
For Micah Dank, writing is in his blood. His father and grandfather were both producers at CBS News in Manhattan. Micah was an actor in high school and then became interested in writing from his 12th grade english teacher. From there he majored in English at SUNY Albany and transferred down to CUNY Hunter College in Manhattan to earn his Bachelors degree in ‘Language Literature and criticism’. It wasn't until he moved to Boston that he became interested in all the esoteric sciences including: astronomy, astrology, astrotheology, out of body experiences, akashic records, remote viewing, religions, and lucid dreaming just to name a few. All of which can be found in his new thriller series called, "Into the Rabbit Hole."
Is this your first book? If not, could you tell us a bit about your other writings?
This is the first book of my 6 book series. This is my first novel attempt.
Tell us a bit about “Into the Rabbit Hole” and the inspiration behind it?
I became interested in Astrology, Astronomy and Astrotheology in 2013 when I was living in Boston. I found through my research from studying it about four hours a day for 7 years that there was a definite provable hidden code of it in the Bible. I was originally going to write a nonfiction Astrology book, but I decided it would be more fun to make them a series of thrillers where the characters figure the code out themselves.
How would you describe the book?
I know the answer to the world's deepest secret," Graham Newsdon, a functioning alcoholic and Harvard medical student and the protagonist of Into the Rabbit Hole declares in the novel's opening page. After stumbling across a puzzling communication from his deceased Navy Seal brother, Graham must work to unravel a litany of secrets sobering in their implications not only for himself, but for the past twelve-thousand years of human history. Had he not, in his hungover state, opened the email, Graham could have continued on his predetermined successful, if dysfunctional, path and never embarked on the paradigm-shifting journey that so loosens his grasp on reality and obliterates not only what he chooses to believe but what he trusts as fact. With the help of his long-term girlfriend, his quirky Mensan best friend, and his wild and athletic best girlfriend since childhood, he sets out to decode this complex cryptogram, which he soon discovers is charged with the potential to unhinge the very control that certain government officials are intent, at all costs, on maintaining.
My books are a symbiosis of truth and fiction. It very much parallels real life and some tropes from modern day life can be found within them. The characters are early to mid twenties so there’s a bit of adolescent humor tied into my thriller while at the same time their school knowledge comes into play. If you like Dan Brown's work you’ll find that mine parallels very similarly with the exception of the humor that I’ve added to the characters. But the same kind of issues. Anagrams cryptograms, acrostics, symbology mixed with astronomy, astrology and astrotheology.
What would you like readers to take away from reading your book?
I would like them to realize that things aren’t always what they seem in the World and to be open to questioning everything. Each book builds off the mysteries of the previous one. What is mostly like is for people to research my claims for themselves online because some of the hard to believe things in it are actually true.
What did you learn while writing this book?
I learned that buried within me I had the ability to craft a well rounded novel. I also learned as I was writing that the story took a life of its own. I outlined briefly every chapter before I wrote them and as I was writing, I found that situations changed and characters did as well. The story basically wrote itself and I was just the conduit who typed it up.
I know writer’s don’t like to compare their writing to others, but that said, what writers do you think would be in your orbit?
I would compare this first novel to Dan Brown. With its cryptograms and anagrams and constant tension throughout. I would also compare the universe which the book revolves into to George Orwell’s 1984.
What are you currently working on?
I have currently finished all 6 books. Going back here and there to make minor edits as I see fit.
For more information on Micah and his books visit: https://www.micahdank.com/