The Homeland Directive presents some excellent character portrayals that beg the question of the book’s philosophical background and perhaps even your own. Any chance you could elaborate on it some more?
VENDITTI: When I’m writing a story, my focus is always on presenting both sides of the issue at hand. If I were to write as though I have all the answers, then the outcome would be preachy, and audiences don’t like being told what to think. So on one side of The Homeland Directive you have Dr. Laura Regan and the rogue government agents trying to protect individuals’ right to privacy, and on the other side you have Homeland Security Secretary Albert Keene doing what he believes he has to do to keep the country safe. Have personal privacy and public safety become mutually exclusive? That’s a question each reader will have to answer for themselves.
So just for fun what are some of your favorite conspiracies from over the years?
VENDITTI: I’m not a conspiracy theory buff, at least not when it comes to the real word. I do think that conspiracy stories can be very entertaining as fictions, though. Some of my favorites would be The X Files, The Day of the Jackal, Conspiracy Theory, and the first season of HBO’s Rome.
What about Presidents or other figures of government? Go any favorites among the annuals of U.S. History?
VENDITTI: I find All the President’s Men—both the book and the film adaptation—to be fascinating. The investigative journalism is riveting, and so is the insight into Nixon’s political machine. Campaigning probably bores most people to tears, but I can’t get enough of it.
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