Welcome to my tour stop for The Seekers Series, The Children of Darkness and The Stuff of Stars by David Litwack. This is a science fiction dystopian series from Evolved Publishing.
About The Children of Darkness:
This second book in The Seekers dystopian series continues the story started in the critically-acclaimed The Children of Darkness.
Against all odds, Orah and Nathaniel have found the keep and revealed the truth about the darkness, initiating what they hoped would be a new age of enlightenment. But the people were more set in their ways than anticipated, and a faction of vicars whispered in their ears, urging a return to traditional ways.
Desperate to keep their movement alive, Orah and Nathaniel cross the ocean to seek the living descendants of the keepmasters’ kin. Those they find on the distant shore are both more and less advanced than expected.
The urge to write first struck at age sixteen when working on a newsletter at a youth encampment in the woods of northern Maine. It may have been the wild night when lightning flashed at sunset followed by the 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 — and without prior plan — 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.
PLEASE WELCOME TO DAVID to BOOKHOUNDS
- What is on your nightstand?
At this moment, my nightstand is pretty boring—a bottle of water, a box of tissues and cough drops—since I’m fighting off a cold right now. My desk is more interesting: a pad of yellow post-it notes to scribble down ideas; pictures of my family; the cork from the bottle of champagne we popped to celebrate my first book being published; metallic book ends with a large ‘BO’ on one side and “OK’ on the other, with my five published novels wedged in between. And an extremely messy pile of all the things on my to-do list that I’ve ignored for the past week.
- What author would you totally fan?
I’d love to have met Tolkien. The world of The Lord of the Rings is so vivid and detailed, I’ve always suspected he might be Gandalf, and the trilogy is just him recording history as he lived it.
- What makes you cringe?
People who don’t take responsibility for their own happiness.
- Do you obsessively plot out each point or just go with the flow?
Somewhere in between. I find it dangerous to just go with the flow. A novel is a lot of work, and a wrong turn without a sense of where you’re going can lead to months of rewriting. I try to be clear on what my main characters want, and who or what is preventing them from getting it. Basically, I know the beginning and the end, and the makeup of my characters. If I fully understand these, the journey in between can be vague when I start writing, but I can trust my characters to complain if I try to take them too far afield.
- Is there a word you love to use?
I love to start sentences with ‘and’ or ‘but’. I’ve now learned that if I need the conjunction, I should probably just merge it with the prior sentence, and if not, I should delete it. But for some reason, using starting conjunctions has always seemed more dramatic to me (see what I did there). By the final draft, I’ve usually expunged most of them, and my editor takes care of the rest, except for the rare case when the world is needed for emphasis.
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+ a second winner wins paperback copies of The Children of Darkness and The Stuff of Stars (US)
Ends Feb. 10
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