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April 22, 2013

Book Spotlight: There Comes a Prophet by David Litwack – Interview

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“But what are we without dreams?”

A thousand years ago the Darkness came—a terrible time of violence, fear, and social collapse when technology ran rampant. But the vicars of the Temple of Light brought peace, ushering in an era of blessed simplicity. For ten centuries they have kept the madness at bay with “temple magic” and by eliminating forever the rush of progress that nearly caused the destruction of everything.

A restless dreamer, Nathaniel has always lived in the tiny village of Little Pond, longing for something more but unwilling to challenge the unbending status quo. When his friend Thomas returns from the Temple after his “teaching”—the secret coming-of-age ritual that binds young men and women eternally to the Light—Nathaniel can barely recognize the broken and brooding young man the boy has become. And when the beautiful Orah is summoned as well, Nathaniel knows he must somehow save her. But in the prisons of Temple City he discovers a terrible secret that launches the three of them on a journey to find the forbidden keep, placing their lives in dire jeopardy. For a truth awaits them there that threatens the foundation of the Temple. But if they reveal that 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.”

add to goodreadsThere Comes a Prophet by David Litwack
Publication Date:  July 9, 2012
Publisher:  Double Dragon Publishing

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Top Favs with David Litwack

You’re home alone, there’s a fire!  Top 3 things you’d grab and save from the fire.

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My computer, my backup drive, a picture of my wife and two sons—not necessarily in that order.

Top 3 Favorite authors (dead or alive) and why:

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John Steinbeck for richness of language and intensity of characters.

Ernest Hemingway who wrote: “My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the simplest possible way.” I use his straightforward style to temper Steinbeck’s tendency to overwrite.

And of course, J.R.R. Tolkien, the father of all things fantasy. No one has ever created worlds with such brilliance. Middle Earth is so detailed, I sometimes believe he was really Gandalf and was just penning his memoirs.

Top 3 Favorite snacks while writing and why:

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When it’s going well—blueberries, grapes, and cashews. When I’m blocked, chocolates, jelly beans and cashews. When I’m massively blocked—tootsie rolls.

Your 3 Favorite books that inspired you to write and why:

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The Lord of the Rings. No book has been so responsible for creating a genre. Prior to Tolkien (and World War II, the atomic bomb, the cold war, etc.), people believed in absolute reality. Now most of us aren’t so sure. I love the Einstein quote: “Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” It’s why I write speculative fiction.

For Whom the Bell Tolls.  Told in Hemingway’s typically understated language, it’s a great story. The last thirty pages when Robert Jordan lays dying and tries to convince Maria to leave him, telling her they will always be together . . . I can almost tear up just thinking about it..

 To a God Unknown. This little known novel by Steinbeck was reviewed in the New York Herald Tribune as a “Strange and Mightily Obsessed Book.” The New York Times called it a novel that “attempts too much” and “achieves too little.” It’s not Steinbeck’s best and is far from the pinnacle of a writer’s craft, but its raw passion is stunning. It showed me it was okay to take risk and aim high.

Top 3 favorite techniques to overcome writers block and why:

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Read. There is nothing like the craft of great writers to stimulate your creative juices.

Rummage through my style file. When I read, I highlight snippets that impress me (Kindle makes this so easy). When I finish the book, I copy my notes and marks into this file. I organize it into categories such as: weather; outdoor scenes; character features; situations etc. Over the years the file has grown to over seventy pages. When I’m stuck, I browse it until something comes to mind.

Take a break. Go for a long walk, especially along the beach. And when all else fails, nap—let my subconscious solve the problem.

 

About the Author:

 

 

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.

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2 Comments

  1. What a great cover this has, and I like the sounds of it too. :D

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  2. Candace
    4/22/2013

    Thanks so much for having David on and featuring him on your blog!
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