Monday, 30 June 2014

Guest Post : Ideas Are Everywhere by David Litwack

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Publication Date: June 13, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Fantasy

Today I'm delighted to welcome David Litwack, author of Along the Watchtower, to my blog. As you read his post, you'll probably guess what attracted me to his book.

Ideas Are Everywhere

David Litwack
Mt. Etna erupting, a rustic stone church in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, the Temple of Zeus in Agrigento, the old merry-go-round in Oak Bluffs, the Chihuly Glass Museum in Seattle, and the Palantine Chapel in Palermo.

All of these are sources of inspiration for my next novel, the sequel to There Comes a Prophet.

I’ve always believed that the difference between the creative and non-creative person is not the ability to come up with new ideas, but rather being open to them when they present themselves. That’s why it’s so important to write regularly. When I’m writing every day, I live in two worlds, the world of my evolving story and the real world. As a result, when I see something that strikes me, my mind makes connections. The images I see morph into scenes in my story. What would the mood of the setting be like? How would my characters experience it? In what way would the experience alter their actions and therefore change the plot.

Out comes my smart phone. A few pictures, some hastily entered notes. Then, when I get home, I rough out a new scene. Does it always fit in? Of course not. But it gets the creative juices flowing.

When I reread a copy of a soon-to-be-submitted novel for the final time, I always wonder how it all had come to pass. But I know this: if I’m open to new ideas and follow the threads, one thing leads to another. And a couple of years later, after much blood, sweat and tears, voila–instant novel.

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David Litwack, author of There Comes a Prophet, Along the Watchtower, and The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky

Along the Watchtower by David Litwack

A 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.

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. His novels include: There Comes a Prophet, Along the Watchtower, and the newly released The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky.

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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