18 March 2013

Blog Tour: There Comes a Prophet | Guest Post + Giveaway



The Book <<


THERE COMES A PROPHET
by David Litwack


Published July 9th 2012
from Double Dragon Publishing

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.”


>> About the Author


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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.





Guest Post << 

What’s life is like after having your first novel published for the world?

I believe most writers write because they have to, because there are characters in their heads screaming for their story to be told. And those characters aren’t impressed that you’re published. This may sound strange to non-writers, but we’re actually not fully in control. Each story has a dynamic of its own. The characters rebel if you make them do something out of character.

As the author, Jean Little, wrote:
"Your only responsibility as a writer is to be true to the story that has chosen you as its writer."

When I’m writing, I have little pride in being published. Writing is a humbling endeavor, a craft with no end point. I can always get better.

So the act of writing doesn’t change much.

What did change was my interaction with the real world. If I hoped to be read—what should be the goal of all writers—I needed to reach out. That meant going to events and participating in social networking. Prior to There Comes a Prophet being published, I had neither a Facebook nor Twitter account. Now I not only have both, and am active on them daily. I also maintain a website and blog. But I spend most of my time reaching out to book bloggers, such as this one (Thank you for hosting me, Renae).

I believe book bloggers play the most important role in the ongoing publishing revolution. Changes in the way books are printed (or created digitally), distributed and marketed have weakened the monopoly of the traditional publishers. Whether you agreed with their taste or not, they at least served as gatekeepers, maintaining a level of quality. Now anyone can publish.

The good news? Wonderful books that had been buried in the profit-only slush piles of the industry are now becoming available. Great new authors are being discovered daily. But the democratization of publishing has also created a quality crisis. Who’s to help the average reader rummage through what is now a public slush pile? The answer—book bloggers. Dedicated readers themselves, they are building up an ever increasing list of followers who trust them. They’re providing a great service to an industry that seems otherwise in chaos.

And yes, I read every one of my reviews and take them to heart. I love being able to hear from readers. Any author, published or otherwise, should always be trying to learn and improve.

What’s the biggest difference since being published? Managing my time, prioritizing between book marketing and book writing. When I sit down to work every morning, I remind myself that I’m a writer, practitioner of an ancient and difficult craft, a storyteller. And that should always come first.


A big thanks to David for sitting down and writing this guest post for me! 
It is much appreciated! 
>.< 




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