Blog Tour Stop: There Comes a Prophet by David Litwack (Interview + Giveaway)

Welcome to my stop on the There Comes a Prophet tour, hosted by the wonderful Candace at CBB Book Promotions! David Litwack has stopped by for an awesome interview about his new science-fiction novel! Learn more about There Comes a Prophet and then continue reading for the interview! 

There Comes a ProphetThere Comes a Prophet
by David Litwack
Publisher: Double Dragon Publishing
Release Date: July 9th, 2012

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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.”


What inspired you to write There Comes a Prophet?
One day I was walking on one of my favorite beaches near my home on Cape Cod. To my right was Martha’s Vineyard rising up from the fog and to my left were inlets common to the Cape’s ragged coastline. The first and smallest was called Little Pond, with just a few homes around it. The next was the much bigger Great Pond. For some reason, I started imagining a young man, who’d grown up in the smaller village, feeling limited and wanting more from life.

At the same time, I was thinking about the trends of the day, about the rise of a fundamentalism that distrusts science and is adverse to modernism. Yet these same folks were quick to use cell phones and computers to organize, and the first to seek modern medicine when they became ill—all technologies that would never have come to be if their ideologies had prevailed.

The two concepts—a young man limited and the society that limited him-- came together, and the world of There Comes a Prophet was born.

How long have you been writing?
A dozen years and forever, depending on what you count. I started writing in high school and wrote well into my twenties until family and career intervened.  Then I took a long hiatus. Now, in this new stage of my life, I’ve been at it for five years, resulting in There Comes a Prophet and two new books nearing completion.

Who was your favorite character to write?
I’m very fond of Orah, but I’d have to say Thomas. The great thing about Thomas is that he’s not remotely adventuresome or idealistic. He goes along only because of loyalty to his friends. But in many ways, he’s the best example of what Orah and Nathaniel are fighting for—the freedom to dream and grow. He represents, as Orah says, innovation reborn.

Did you have to do any particular research for the book?
Of course. Even in an imaginary world, there’s research to be done. Orah is a weaver and there are a number of descriptions of her at the loom. I knew nothing about weaving and had to research it.

Even the laurel wreaths made for the winners at Festival needed research. Consider the following excerpt:

“When all the races had been run, the elders awarded prizes. By tradition, each winner had a wreath placed on their head, made from the flax that grew around Little Pond.
Flax was a vital crop, harvested for its fiber and seeds. But in the spring when the flax was in bloom, families would go out among the stalks and search for the most beautiful flowers, the whites and lavenders, with the blues most valued. During the long June evenings, everyone would sit and weave the stalks into rings. Then the flowers would be hung on the walls to dry, looking like the wings of a butterfly. A simple prize, but even the oldest had their festival wreaths still decorating their homes.”

I’ve never raised flax, didn’t know what color the flowers came in or when they were in bloom. Nor did I know how to turn them into wreaths. That all required research.

If you could describe There Comes a Prophet in three words, what would they be?
Potential for greatness. There Comes a Prophet is a story about what happens to a society when the potential that exists in each individual is stifled.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers? 
If you love it, keep writing and never give up. It won’t be easy, but it will be fulfilling. If you don’t love it, find something easier to do.

Since Nawanda Files highlights books into movies, what is your favorite movie that was adapted from a book? 
I’m tempted to say the Lord of the Rings. I read it for the first time many years ago and never imagined it could be made into a movie. It was too sprawling and fantastic. But with the advent of CGI and new cinemagraphic techniques, Peter Jackson was able to pull it off.

But I think I’ll choose For Whom the Bell Tolls. It was one of my favorite books, and I remember being so moved by the final thirty pages. And there they were on the screen. The mortally wounded Robert Jordan (Gary Cooper) telling Maria (Ingrid Bergman) to leave him and they would still be together always. No special effects. No CGI. Just wonderful acting and that great Hemingway dialog.

Thank you so much David for stopping by Nawanda Files!  


David Litwack

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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.


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  1. Thanks so much for hosting a tour stop! That was a fantastic interview and I enjoyed getting to know a bit more about the book!

  2. i like how you asked him what his favorite book turned into a movie was!