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AN INTERVIEW WITH JOHN FAUBION!
What made you so interested in the direction social media is going?
Two factors here.
One, I’m in the business. As a software developer, I’m responsible for a bunch of credit and debit card processing. That is, I provide the software tools to get it done. Because I’ve been at this a long time, I’m very aware of how much personal info is transmitted back and forth in the daily course of business. We encrypt it, tunnel it, protect it the best we can. And yet there are breaches.
When we’re involved in social media, we’re far more careless about the information we throw around. You and I can get a near-complete life history on anyone that approaches us on any of the various platforms. It is not usually very difficult at all. Sometimes it only requires two or three minutes to accomplish.
So social media is a major minefield. That makes it an entire new frontier for a writer to work in.
Two, I want to be a Christian that pays attention to the cultural shifts going on around us. I remember standing in my grandmother’s home as a little boy, hearing her ring up the operator and give her a four-digit phone number. In the short span of my lifetime, we’ve gone from that simple beginning, cascaded through the prank phone calls (“Is your refrigerator running? Better go catch it!”), to #900 sex numbers, and now to virtual people and virtual lives.
Back in 1970 a man named Alvin Toffler wrote a book called, Future Shock, where he dealt with the exponential growth of knowledge and technology. I read that as a missionary in Taiwan back in 1978. He defined the title with reference to, “too much change in too short a period of time.” We’re experiencing that in a big way, right now.
The greatest dangers are to the GenX and Millenials. They’ve grown up with this technology as a given. They’re not cautious, typically careless. A whole generation is at risk.
People are taught to “trust technology.” Ridiculous. As a tech provider, I can tell you that behind way too many finished tech products, there is a guy, or group of guys, who wanted nothing more than to get home and play video games. They’re the ones you’re trusting.
I’m afraid there’s just more than I can say about it here.
Did a specific event prompt your writing Friend Me?
She was right. That’s where Friend Me came from. I wrote the novel in such a way that it was demonstrably possible, given current technology.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I was born again on May 9, 1965. An arrogant young man, already married for over a year to a sweet girl I’d known since first grade, and for the first time confronted with the Gospel.
I was in the Air Force then, at a Minuteman ballistic missle base in Cheyenne, Wyoming. We trusted the Lord together that day, and never looked back.
I went to Vietnam (military), then to Bible college. When we were done with that, we moved back to Vietnam as missionaries. Until the Lord took her home in 1989, we’d worked in full-time Christian service the whole time.
God, with indescribable grace, gave me a second wife in 1990. We took my third daughter, and new six-week old son off to Beijing in 1991. We ministered in Chinese until 1999 when we returned (along with a fourth daughter!) to the USA. Since that time I’ve worked as a senior applications developer for a big electronics and appliance chain.
Can you see the Hand of God in all that? The details are even better. I thank God for every moment of life He’s given me.
An excerpt from Friend Me:
Melissa (the antagonist) discovers that her computer system has found her ideal man. She is sitting alone in her darkened office,…
“This was the one for whom she had kept herself all this time.
“If she didn’t click the mouse, then nothing would change. She would go on in her work, acknowledged as a success in her field. She would have the respect and admiration of all the people who knew her. But she’d resign herself to a life of loneliness and cold despair.
“With eyes closed, she leaned back in the high-backed chair and stretched out her legs. How would he touch me? Would he love me? I would be everything to him. Yes, I would become the only object of his love.
“She sat there in the dim light until there was no more doubt. Until she knew with deadly certainty exactly what she must do, no matter who he was.”
Thanks, John, for stopping by.
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