Author Interview with David Litwack

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1) What is the hardest part about being an author?

 I have no problem coming up with ideas and always have more than one project queued up. As long as I keep working, my muse seems to be generous to me. But bringing a book over the finish line to publication is hard. To quote Vince Lombardi, “”Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” The final few drafts of a book require an ever finer attention to detail and a level of concentration that won’t settle for good enough. It’s lots of work, but well worth it.

2) Can you give us the synopsis of your book?

 Along the Watchtower crosses genre borders, part love story, part fantasy adventure, part family drama and chronicle of recovery and personal growth.

It’s the story of an Iraq war veteran, Lieutenant Freddie Williams, whose mind and body have been shattered in an IED explosion. Once he was a skilled gamer and expert in virtual warfare.  Now he’s a broken warrior, emerging from a medically induced coma to discover he’s inhabiting two separate realities.  The first is his waking world of pain, family trials, and remorse—and slow rehabilitation through the tender care of Becky, his physical therapist. The second is a dark fantasy realm of quests, demons, and magic that Freddie enters when he sleeps.

In his dreams he becomes Frederick, Prince of Stormwind, who must make sense of his horrific visions in order to save his embattled kingdom.  His only solace awaits him in the royal gardens, where the gentle words of the gardener, Rebecca, calm the storms in his soul. While in the conscious world, the severely wounded vet faces a strangely similar and equally perilous mission—a journey along a dark road haunted by personal demons of guilt and memory—and letting patient, loving Becky into his damaged and shuttered heart may be his only way back from Hell

  3) Is this part of a series or a stand alone?

Stand alone.

 4) How many hours do you write per day/week/month (choose time period yourself)?

 I write two sessions a day, where a session is about two hours, the most I can concentrate at one sitting. On a day when I’m struggling, I may do only one. When I’m on a roll and can see my characters as if they were alive, I might do three. I try to write every day, seven days a week, except when life intervenes.

5) What is your favorite book?

 It’s way too hard to pick one. I’ll cheat and name a few:

Hemingway’s For Whom the Bells Tolls, Steinbeck’s To a God Unknown and Of Mice and Men, Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End, Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince, Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. And of course, The Lord of the Rings.

 6) What are you working on now?

 I’m in late stage edits with an alternate world story called The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky. It’s about a world divided between the Blessed Lands, a place of the spirit, and the Republic, whose people worship at the altar of reason. A mysterious nine-year-old girl from the Blessed Lands sails into the lives of a troubled couple in the Republic and seems to heal everyone she meets. She reveals nothing about herself, other than to say she’s the daughter of the sea and the sky. But she harbors a secret wound she herself cannot heal.

I’m also planning what will be a sequel to There Comes a Prophet. I’ve always wondered what happened to Orah and Nathaniel after their world changing heroics and what became of the contemporaries of the keepmasters who had crossed the great ocean. Stay tuned.

 Thanks for answering my questions!

About Along The Watchtower

17798039A Tragic Warrior Lost in Two Worlds…

The war in Iraq ended for Lieutenant Freddie Williams when an IED explosion left his mind and body shattered. Once he was a skilled gamer and expert in virtual warfare.  Now he’s a broken warrior, emerging from a medically induced coma to discover he’s inhabiting two separate realities.  The first is his waking world of pain, family trials, and remorse—and slow rehabilitation through the tender care of Becky, his physical therapist. The second is a dark fantasy realm of quests, demons, and magic that Freddie enters when he sleeps.

In his dreams he is Frederick, Prince of Stormwind, who must make sense of his horrific visions in order to save his embattled kingdom from the monstrous Horde.  His only solace awaits him in the royal gardens, where the gentle words of the beautiful gardener, Rebecca, calm the storms in his soul. While in the conscious world, the severely wounded vet faces a strangely similar and equally perilous mission—a journey along a dark road haunted by demons of guilt and memory—and letting patient, loving Becky into his damaged and shuttered heart may be his only way back from Hell.

Author Bio

6439448The 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, the first novel in this new stage of life, was published in July 2012. His second, Along the Watchtower, will be available in June 2013.

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.

Contact Info

David Litwack

Email: dave@litwack.com

Website: www.davidlitwack.com

Facebook: David Litwack – Author

Twitter: @DavidLitwack

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6439448.David_Litwack

There Comes a Prophet trailer: http://youtu.be/43girNzSFsw

Along the Watchtower trailer: http://youtu.be/f1JMK-ukaPo

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