The potential for violence lives within all of us, and I'm no exception. Violence in my novels is contrived--it's pure fiction--but reflects a core truth about human nature. It's never meant to be gratuitous, but rather serves the story.
You see, the problem with so much in religion today is that it's always all about becoming something other than who we are... all about getting somewhere other than where we are. For this, and a lot other reasons, people have given up on religion.
The Goo Goo Doll's John Rzeznik's has some advice for up-and-coming acts: "Don't worry about getting famous because that means nothing. There are a lot of really useless people in this world that are famous."