by William M. Hayes Genre: Military SciFi Thriller, Time Travel
Winner - 2021 Pinnacle Achievement Awards—Time Travel
Winner - 2021 American Fiction Awards—Religious Thriller
Winner - 2021 Pacific Book Awards—Thriller
Winner - 2021 Firebird Book Awards—Time Travel
Winner - 2021 International Impact Book Awards—Military
Winner - 2020 Author Circle Awards - Novel of Excellence—Science Fiction
Military scientist Rydel Scott has discovered time travel. He also believes he's received a message from God. The message: go back in time and save Jesus from being crucified.
“Save Him combines the physics of chaos theory and the whiz-bang action of a techno thriller to fuel a military page-turner that tests the faith of everyone involved.” - Blue Ink Reviews
“Every time I thought I had this book figured out a little bit it surprised me...and then did it again and again.” Amazon Reviewer
Military scientist Rydel Scott is proud of the hi-tech gear he invents for battlefield heroes. When a secret mission involving one of his inventions goes horribly wrong, Rydel obsessively tries to learn what caused the system failure and accidentally reveals the ability to time travel. Overworked and massively sleep-deprived, he believes he has received a message from God—save God’s son. And the man of science embarks on a world-changing quest to rescue Jesus. As he covers his tracks to journey back undetected, he neglects to factor in the consequences of a devastating butterfly effect. And he’s terrified to discover The Unit, a highly-trained team of elite soldiers, is hunting him down to stop him from making choices that could upend all of human history. Will they find Rydel before he alters the past? And, if they find him, will some in The Unit be persuaded to join Rydel on his mission to save Christ?
Where were you born?
I was born on Long Island, NY and still reside here.
What do you do to unwind and relax?
Watch my NY Rangers.
How do you find time to write as a parent? I use my iPhone to jot down scenes and scenarios that come to me at work. At home, after my son is in bed, I'll write until I have to stop and get in my six hours of sleep.
Do you have a favorite movie? I love movies. But to tag one as my favorite would be hard to do—there are great films from my past that I love and great movies still being made.
Which of your novels can you imagine being made into a movie?
Save Him would make a good movie. Lots of action.
What inspired you to write Save Him?
I'd just finished one of my other stories, I'm not sure if it was Our Own Christmas Eve or A Messenger. Anyway, they were both dramas and had bittersweet endings. ‘Enough with all the drama’, I remember thinking. So I grabbed a beer and went out to my backyard where there's a fire pit to think about what I would write next. I wanted my next story to have a lot of action. Maybe something with an elite military group and add some sci-fi to the story—a mash-up. Ok, military, sci-fi—ooh, time travel. So we have this military unit going back in time to do what and in what time in the past? How about in the time of…Jesus. And what if someone in the unit tries to save Jesus? I didn't make it to the fire pit. I turned around with my beer and walked back to my house. Downstairs in the man cave, I jotted down the first and last scene of the story. That's usually how it works when I have a story I can tell. I get the beginning and the end, and then I fill in the middle.
How did you come up with the name of this book?
The title's two words are used frequently throughout the book for different reasons, so I was like, "there's your title."
If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be and why? And what would you do during the day? Sal would be the guy, I guess. He's a funny, unpredictable guy. As a writer, you create a character, and they sometimes write themselves. They say and do things without much thought from the writer— and it's awesome when it happens. As for your second question, during a day hanging with Sal, I could see us in a trendy Manhattan nightclub he talked our way into. Maybe Vegas for a day. Or in jail for a night. The officers would privately laugh about Sal's stunt resulting in our arrest, but we'd still be behind bars till morning.
Who designed your book cover? Pam Cunningham at Graphic Design by Pam. I got lucky. She did amazing work and her prices were very good compared to others.
What did you edit out of the book?
There was this scene where the Devil and Lazarus meet up alone at night on a trail leading to Jerusalem. I liked the scene but thought I could cut it to save pages. I like my books to come in at 270-300 pages max. Thinking about it now, maybe I should have worked that scene in the book.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Hit the damn save button while writing!
Do you believe in writer's block?
No. I have stories I'll never get to in my lifetime. If you can't come up with a new story to tell, then writing is probably not your gig.
Convince us why you feel your book is a must-read?
Well, I'm not sure if my book must be read. But if you're asking if it's original—I don't think there are too many going-back-in-time-to save-Jesus books out there.
What is your favorite part of this book and why?
Friendship. In all my stories, there are always strong friendships shared between most of the characters.
What can we expect from you in the future?
Hopefully writing books that don't suck.
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