Author Interview & Book Giveaway: The Last Seer and the Tomb of Enoch

Welcome to Author Ashland Menshouse

The Last Seer and the Tomb of Enoch is Ashland Menshouse’s debut novel. Ashland Menshouse received a Bachelor’s degree from Georgetown College in Georgetown, Kentucky. He obtained a doctoral degree from the University of Kentucky and completed post-doctoral studies at Emory University. He currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia, where he spends most of his time working with ill and injured children. Current projects include this novel’s sequel, The Last Guardian and the Keeper of the Magi.

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What is one book everyone should read?
“The Republic” by Plato. This work is the jumping-off point for ideals of justice and personal moral growth, which is essential knowledge for living in our world today. I’m not much of a traditionalist, but sometimes reminding ourselves of the fundamentals can really provide important perspective.

Night owl, or early bird?
Definitely night owl. The only reason I’m awake at 5 a.m. is because I’ve been up all night.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Prepare yourself to see the unseen as you’ve never seen it before.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
I’ve nearly completed the second book in the series, The Last Guardian and the Keeper of the Magi, and I’m already plot-planning for the third book, The Last Nazirite and the Shadowlight.

What inspired you to want to become a writer?
Words are the most potent device human beings possess. With words, we can abate tears, calm a stormy heart or inflict interminable pain. I’ve always held the highest respect for words, and the only way I know how to become more adept at my verbal facility, is to practice using words. I’m not much of a talker, so writing followed.

I wrote a great deal of poetry as a teenager and young adult, but have had a nagging inkling of writing something larger for quite a while. I finally made the time, and now I’m addicted.

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
Judy Blume saved me from my own tween apocalypse. I love all of her books.

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
There are specific points in the novel when I occasionally allude to a countrified rock ballad or a rap-version of a somber melody, playing in the background. I’m not completely convinced it adds much for the reader, but it’s part of the mood I’ve set for the scene in my own mind. And there are little ditties I hum as I think about some of the minor characters. Maybe one day, with e-readers, songs will play as we read certain chapters, like a storybook soundtrack.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Put your helmet on, keep your nose to the floor and don’t stop moving forward. Never give up.

Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
I think I’m a bit of a mixture of both Aubrey and Buzz. When I was younger, I wanted to be Buzz on the outside, but I wasn’t smart enough, and felt more like Aubrey on the inside, but was twice his size.

Favorite quote from a movie?
It’s from “The Princess Bride”…“Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something.” A dark, but honest modicum of truth from a fun-filled fantasy. It’s a reminder to me that without pain, there could be no art, and without art, we would never comprehend pain.

The Last Seer and the Tomb of Enoch

Can a ghost haunt more than your home?  Can a Bigfoot track more than footprints? 
Aubrey Taylor’s cozy life in the subdued, Appalachian town of Lake Julian had never been exceptional.   Shouldered by his lifelong friends, Buzz Reiselstein and Rodriqa Auerbach, he quietly endured the thrashings of a persistent pack of pesky bullies, which included the most-feared kid in school, Magnos Strumgarten, and his own obnoxiously, well-accomplished brother, Gaetan.  Comfortable in his humdrum niche of the absolutely average, Aubrey never pushed back…
…until fate dug a little too deep, and the unseen darkness of unspoken places stole his mediocrity.
When spurious specters and elusive mountain men battle for a tomb of Watchers, buried in ages past, only those who choose to search beyond the surface feel the grip of the ancients’ revenge.   Unusual disappearances, a colorful cadre of insightful townsfolk and a whirlwind of blunders and mishaps exposes the struggling forces that transform Aubrey and his friends into more than spectators amidst the oldest war of all.

Giveaway Details
2 copies of The Last Seer and the Tomb of Enoch
Open to US only
Ends 5/3/12

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