There Comes a Prophet by David Litwack – Interview & Blog Tour Giveaway

Author David Litwack

The urge to write first struck when working on a newsletter at a youth encampment in the woods of northern Maine. It may have been the night when lightning flashed at sunset followed by northern lights rippling after dark. Or maybe it was the newsletter’s editor, a girl with eyes the color of the ocean. But he was inspired to write about the blurry line between reality and the fantastic.

Using two fingers and lots of white-out, he religiously typed five pages a day throughout college and well into his twenties. Then life intervened. He paused to raise two sons and pursue a career, in the process becoming a well-known entrepreneur in the software industry, founding several successful companies. When he found time again to daydream, the urge to write returned. There Comes a Prophet is his first novel in this new stage of life.

David and his wife split their time between Cape Cod, Florida and anywhere else that catches their fancy. He no longer limits himself to five pages a day and is thankful every keystroke for the invention of the word processor.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.

If you like dystopian but are tired of bad guys and gratuitous violence and want something more thoughtful, here’s a dystopia where the characters face a moral dilemma and have to choose: accept the lie their society is based on or risk their lives to change the world.

If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?

Hmmm. Past? Lots of interesting people to meet. Find out if Shakespeare really wrote those plays. Future?  Find out what’s going to happen. Are there still hardcopy books in 2100? Will there be a book blogger with more than a million followers? I’ll go with future.

What is one book everyone should read?

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Life, The Universe and Everything…and don’t forget your towel.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

Butter Pecan…in a freshly baked waffle cone with heath bar crunch mixed in.

If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?

J.R.R. Tolkien. Although I’m not convinced he’s dead. I think he’s really Gandalf gone off to the grey havens. The Lord of the Rings was just his memoir.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects? 

I’m currently working on two new books.

The first, is light dystopian (dysfunction might be a better term, not so different from our world). The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky is about a world rigidly divided between The Blessed Lands, where people believe in the Spirit, and The Republic, which worships at the altar of reason. It explores what happens when a mysterious nine-year-old girl from a purely spiritual society crosses the ocean alone to save the soulless and enters the troubled lives of a young couple.

The second is a mix of fantasy and reality. Along the Watchtower is the story of an injured soldier, who returns from Iraq with Post Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury. While deployed, he was a squad commander, but also the leader of a World of Warcraft guild, organizing virtual raids with his men as an escape. While he recovers from the wounds of war, he lapses in and out of a video-game-like fantasy, on a quest to find the will to live.

When I’m done with those, hopefully in the next several months, I just might return to Orah and Nathaniel, in a sequel to There Comes a Prophet, to see how they’re making out in the new world order they’ve created.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?

If you really love it, keep writing and never give up. If not, find something easier to do.

What is your favorite Quote?

“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” – Albert Einstein

Which authors have influenced you most how?

Arthur C. Clarke, J.R.R. Tolkien, John Steinbeck. Think thoughtful sci-fi/fantasy with intense characters and a literary bent. Clarke for imagination and intriguing themes, Tolkien for world building and deep characters; Steinbeck for richness of detail and intensity.

What’s your favorite season/weather?

September on Cape Cod. Perfect weather, the leaves starting to turn, the crowds gone, walks along the beach and the cranberry bogs.

Who or what inspired you to become an author?

A girl with eyes the color of the ocean on a night with thunder and lightning and my one and only view of the aurora borealis. I was seventeen. She was the editor of a daily camp newspaper and asked me to write an article for it. Once I was published, that was it for me. Of course, it took many years and lots of hard work to get published again.

There Comes a Prophet

Who among us will cast aside a comfortable existence and risk death to follow a dream?

A world kept peaceful for a thousand years by the magic of the ruling vicars. But a threat lurks from a violent past. Wizards from the darkness have hidden their sorcery in a place called the keep and left a trail of clues that have never been solved.

Nathaniel has grown up longing for more but unwilling to challenge the vicars. Until his friend Thomas is taken for a teaching, the mysterious coming-of-age ritual. Thomas returns but with his dreams ripped away. When Orah is taken next, Nathaniel tries to rescue her and ends up in the prisons of Temple City. There he meets the first keeper of the ancient clues. But when he seeks the keep, what he finds is not magic at all.

If he reveals the truth, the words of the book of light might come to pass:

“If there comes among you a prophet saying ‘Let us return to the darkness,’ you shall stone him, because he has sought to thrust you away from the light.”

Tour Giveaway:
10 paperback copies of There Comes a Prophet open to US/Canada and 10 ebook copies ofThere Comes a Prophet open internationally.

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