Q: Although The Pilgrim and The Fragment are stand-alone stories that take place many centuries apart, the quest for The True Cross entertwines the plots. Tell us about your thinking/plotting process in designing these parallel stories.
Davis Bunn: My intent was to create parallels within the story of the artifact. This whole issue of reliquaries and what they represent has been a divisive factor between parts of the Christian community for 700 years.
Within the Protestant world, we tend to forget that for tens of millions of worshippers today, within the Russian church and Greek and Armenian and Catholic, these are still considered holy.
Because of my mother’s and my sister’s strong Catholic faith, I wanted to try and bring this story to life. Not just the controversy, but what this entire aspect of our shared history could mean.
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