“MR. BREEZE is a book about hope,” maintains Richfield. “It asks, what if everything we’ve been taught turned out to be a lie? What would we do? How would we all be judged if our maker was to suddenly appear? It asks us all to look inside ourselves and ask those questions.”
Richfield, who is president of a communications equipment company in Pennsylvania, was going through a particularly rough period in his life and “I did not see a lot of good things happening in the world,” he says. “I wanted to write something that might inspire others to look for something good in the world.” One day, he says, “I just started typing, and 10 months later MR. BREEZE was done. I write as it comes out of my head. No notes. I start with ‘what if’ and go from there.”
Richfield admits that he has almost no formal education. “I consider myself a storyteller more than a writer,” he says. “When I was younger, my friends used to say, ‘What’s the story, Morrie?’”
MR. BREEZE (the title is inspired by a song by the rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd) follows the increasingly amazing experiences of freelance photojournalist Michael Ryan as he hears of stories about a man named Zack, who can seemingly perform inhuman feats that could be called miraculous. Ryan eventually meets Zack and becomes, at Zack’s insistence, Zack’s messenger. Along the way, a dog named Rover, who also possesses otherworldly powers, joins Zack and Ryan in their adventures, which include a remarkable visit to the Centers for Disease Control, in Atlanta, in search of a cure for AIDS.
The secret of who Zack is and why he has chosen Ryan to tell his story to the world forms the surprising and moving climax to the book.
And there is a MR. BREEZE sequel in the works, Richfield notes. The working title is REVELATION: THE RETURN OF MR. BREEZE. “The second book is about how we take that message (from the first book) and what we do with it.”
In the meantime, Richfield hopes that readers of MR. BREEZE “find the storytelling compelling. I also would like them to be entertained and to want to tell others about it. If they come away wanting to be a better human being, that would be a huge plus.”
About author Morrie Richfield
Morrie Richfield lives in Pennsylvania with his two sons, his dogs and his cat. He is working on his next novel, and he still dreams that someday the world will be a better place for all of us to live. Web site for book is at http://www.mrbreezethenovel.com
136 pages paperback, $11.99; ISBN: 0615461034; 13: 9780615461038
Published by CreateSpace (May 2011)
Available at www.amazon.com, www.barnesandnoble.com and other online book outlets. Kindle edition also available.