Monday, January 9, 2017

Character Interview: Pope Pius XIII from 'Dominion'

We’re thrilled to be talking to Pope Pius XIII from Doug Hewitt’s, Dominion.  It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Pimp That Character!

Thank you for your interview, Pope Pius XIII.  How old are you and what do you do for a living?

I am 74. I am the Pope. That is not only what I do for a living, it is my life.

Can you tell us about one of your most distinguishable features?

I am celibate and always have been.

What would I love the most about you?

It is my hope that my desire to seek the truth is so raw and pure that it is admirable.

What would I hate the most about you?

Well, allow me to say that the word hate is distasteful to me. It is difficult for me to imagine hate because I have purposefully tried to eradicate it from my vocabulary. But, in my opinion, it is truth that people hate.

Where do you go when you are angry?

I take a walk on the Vatican grounds and pray.

What makes you laugh out loud?

I love the innocence of children. They make me laugh. God bless the children.

What is in your refrigerator right now?

I’m afraid you would need to speak to the Vatican chief chef.

What is your most treasured possession?

My rosary beads. They were given to me by Mother Theresa. I can feel the holiness in them.

What is your greatest fear?

That our Church will not be as effective as it needs to be to spread the Word as humanity leaves its Earthly confines. My fear is that the Church does not accompany the expansion of our species into space.

What is the trait you most not like about yourself?

I am human; therefore, I’m a sinner. Christ forgives, but sinners we all are.

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?

I thought it was too harsh. I mean, I only watched. I was a concerned adult. But I understand the need for drama. Still, why involve a pontiff?

What is your idea of a perfect day?

Judgment Day.

What are three must haves when shopping at the grocery store?

Oh, it’s been a while, but I have a secret desire for Diet Coke, nutty donuts, and raspberries.

I’m opening up your cabinet.  What foods do I see?

Again, speak to the Vatican chief chef.

If you could change one physical thing about yourself, what would that be?

To be honest, I wish I could climb the staircases in the Vatican more quickly than I do now.

Are you a loner or do you prefer to surround yourself with friends?

The human spirit shines brighter when surrounded by friends. So, yes, friends.

Who is your best friend?

I feel that Christ is my best friends, but I want to be flexible here, so I’ll add that Doug Hewitt, author of Dominion, is a great, true friend. I recommend that you visit his website,

Do you have children?

Although Roman Catholic, I do not.

What is your favorite weather?

I view weather as a daily miracle. It’s all wonderful. I’ll admit to a bit of a thrill during a thunderstorm. Remember, I travel to the Moon in Mr. Hewitt’s book.

What’s your idea of a perfect meal?

Bread and water.

Someone is secretly in love with you.  Who is it and how do you feel about that?

I feel sorry for this person. This person does not understand who I am. And I hope that this person can confess and do away with any carnal thoughts.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Shortstop for the Yankees. (chuckles)

What is your most treasured possession?

My rosary beads, as I explained earlier.

Do you like to cook?  If so, what is your favorite thing to cook?

No, I do not cook. Perhaps I could make a sandwich.

If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do today?


About the Author

D.A. Hewitt is an award-winning author of four novels and over a hundred short stories. One novel was awarded a gold medal from the Independent Publishers Book Awards for best regional fiction. He attributes his success to hard work, honing a skill and providing an outlet for his passion for writing.

Born in Michigan, he lived for 25 years in North Carolina before returning to live in his home state. In addition to enjoying sky diving and mountain climbing, he is a proud veteran of the US Marine Corps and has earned a degree in mathematics.

Mr. Hewitt admits to a fascination with the work of Carl Jung and of the Gnostic religion. He’d always thought intertwining these topics in a science fiction novel was a stretch, but one day the storyline of Dominion came to him. He wrote the novel in a stream of consciousness. “It makes sense, tapping into the collective unconscious,” Mr. Hewitt says, “very much like Carl Jung might have predicted.”


About the Book:

Author: D.A. Hewitt
Publisher: Double Dragon eBooks
Pages: 372
Genre: Science Fiction
It’s the year 2075. Lunar mining and processing facilities have prospered near the lunar south pole, where the Moon’s largest city, Valhalla, rests on the rim of the Shackleton Crater.

Dominion Off-Earth Resources has beaten the competition into space and is ready to establish its monopoly with the opening of the orbiting space resort Dominion. But Pettit Space Industries has a secret plan to emerge as a major contender in the commercialization of space. The upstart company is training the first space rescue squad at a secluded off-grid site in Barrow, Alaska.

The rescue squad gets nearly more than it can handle when its first mission involves the Pope, who’s traveling to the Moon to establish the Lunar See. During the rescue attempt, they discover Earth is imperiled by an asteroid large enough to cause mass extinction. Using the unique skills taught during their training, skills emphasized by the great psychoanalyst Carl Jung, these Jungi Knights must elevate their game if they are to save both the Earth and the Pope—while not getting killed in the process.

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