How did The Gestalt Man come to be?
The Gestalt Man is an original story inspired by a conversation with my sister regarding a patient she worked with at a hospital with multiple personalities, who, instead of struggling for dominance, managed to live in cooperation with them. I thought this was such a unique situation and would make a great concept for a novel or screenplay.
However, the idea truly crystallized for me after seeing a Japanese television mini-series called MPD Psycho (based upon a Japanese manga), about a police detective who has multiple personalities and is involved in intrigue. But where MPD Psycho dealt with the main character’s inner conflict within himself, each personality fighting for dominance, I thought what would happen if he was actually able to work together with his multiple personalities to help him solve the crimes he was investigating.
I originally wrote The Gestalt Man as a television series pilot, because I thought it would fit nicely with an episodic format, each season representing a new story arc. But the technical issues surrounding the conceptualization of “multiple personalities” created some difficulties in the writing and so I decided to try executing the idea as a novel, and found, in my mind, a successful method of telling the story by incorporating the various perspectives of each of Jeck’s multiple personalities.Once I had the narrative strategy, the rest of the novel was much easier to write. Well, not necessarily "easier", but better, I should say. At least now I could concentrate on the telling of the story, rather than how I should tell it.