Book covers decorate an entire wall of John Heubusch’s office on the second floor of the Reagan Library in Simi Valley.
During his seven years as the president and public face of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute, Heubusch, 58, has conducted onstage interviews with the authors of nearly all of those books. It’s been an integral part of the museum’s guest speaker series featuring conversations and book signings with the writers.
But this week the tables were turned.
On Tuesday, it was Heubusch who was answering the questions as actor Gary Sinise interviewed the newly minted author at a book signing at the presidential library for “The Shroud Conspiracy,” a fictional thriller published by Howard Books which was released March 14.
The book’s fast-paced plot about an anthropologist who authenticates the Shroud of Turin, purported by some to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ, sprang from a seed planted decades ago in the mind of a teenage Heubusch.
“I actually saw a documentary about the Shroud of Turin when I was 17 years old in a religion class in high school,” the Calabasas resident said. “The fact that this shroud existed was just remarkable to me. I just remember at the time thinking, ‘If this is really real, it has to be the result of some miracle.’ So I just put it in the back of my mind and many years went by.”