Pious is the debut and best-selling novel by Kenn Bivins, the author of the Wedding & Disaster of Felona Mabel.
Carpious Mightson is not who he appears to be, wearing the guise of a handsome leader of virtue. He seems friendly, loving, hard working, and God-fearing. Little do his neighbors, co-workers, and girlfriend know that he harbors a secret that compromises his integrity.
When Ian Kaplan, a registered sex-offender, moves into the family-friendly community of Mechi Lane, the HOA drafts Carpious to be the one to compel Ian to put his house back on the market and leave.
While Carpious is struggling to maintain his own secret, Alethea Mightson, Carpious’s ex-wife, resurfaces in an attempt to extort money from him for what he assumes is her substance addiction. She threatens to expose his past if he doesn’t comply.
A murder occurs and Carpious’s composure begins to spiral out of his control, while all that he has built threatens to topple. Will the consequences of new sins expose the old ones?
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Kenn Bivins is the best-selling author of Pious and, the highly anticipated new release, the Wedding & Disaster of Felona Mabel. He is also an illustrator whose work has appeared in comic books, advertising and broadcast animation.
Kenn’s work demonstrates that he has a penchant toward telling multi-layered redemption stories where definition between black and white is cleverly blurred.
Pious is his first novel.
What is the significance of the title and where did the idea for Pious come from?
The title is a play on the actual word, pious, which means pure and dutiful. It is also a play on the main character’s name, Carpious.
Pious is an amalgamation of many ideas that I had at the onset of wanting to write my first novel. There were a lot of stories that I wanted to tell with Pious and it simply and organically grew into a tale of duplicity and forgiveness.
In a novel that is thematically about forgiveness, you feature a character who is a registered sex offender. This lays the ground work for a powder keg of a story. How do you think people will respond to this character and the role he plays?
I hope that a lot of the scenarios in Pious will make people feel something strongly. The character you speak of, Ian, and the role he plays in forgiveness is not what you would expect. “Powder keg” is the most appropriate expression.
What character are you the most like?
As a writer, I find it impossible to create a character without breathing some degree of self into each one. These characters are born of my interpretation so they are like my offspring. They can’t help but look similar, talk similar, or have some similar imperfection.
So in other words, you and Carpious have much in common?
(laughter) Carpious has much in common with a lot of us. He has been defined by something that happened to him as a child that he never recovered from. The fact that he hasn’t resolved this thing, colors the decisions that he makes, even at age 45.
Speaking of characters, Alethea is quite a character. Do you know an Alethea in real life?
I do. Several, in fact. Despite being rough around the edges with a potty mouth, Alethea, as the Greek origin of her name indicates, speaks truth. I can respect the fact that she’s real without apology.
Explain the cover.
The image of a dove being released into the heavens has always evoked a feeling of peace and purity. On the cover of Pious, you have that but blood taints the whole scene. That same principle runs throughout the novel.
Pious by Kenn Bivins was written in such a style that makes it the perfect book for being the focus of a book club read to dissect the social context, allegories, hidden treasures, moral quandaries, and so on.
The following questions are a guideline to begin to delve deeper into the world and mind of Carpious Mightson.
“Secrets. Everyone has them.” Pious has quite a few. Here are some, in case you missed them…
WARNING: If you haven’t read Pious yet, these secrets are also known as SPOILERS.