Monday 14 September 2015

Author interview & giveaway: Scarlet Ambrosia by David Gittlin

About the Author:

After a career in marketing communications, David Gittlin wrote screenplays before turning to novels.  His first novel, “Three Days to Darkness,” was a recent nominee to the James Kirkwood Prize for creative writing.  “Scarlet Ambrosia” is his second novel.  He lives a quiet and happy life in Aventura, Florida with his wife, Bonnie.


Do you plan everything or just let the story flow?

I make copious character charts and create a detailed plot outline before writing the story.  I find that this kind of preparation deepens the characters and enriches the plot.  The characters and the plot always deviate from the original plan in the manuscript, but I’ve learned to always prepare first to avoid meandering and dead ends.

Do your characters ever want to take over the story?

Yes.  It’s always a good sign when this happens.  If my characters get too far out of line, I can corral some of their actions in subsequent rewrites.

What is your favourite food?

I’m a big fan of Italian food.  I must have been Italian in a past life.  My best friend is also Italian.

Are you a morning person or a night owl?

I’m much more of a morning person especially when it comes to writing.  I do my best work when I’m fresh and energetic.  My characters are definitely night owls.  Funny how that works.

Where do you dream of travelling to and why?

I’ve been everywhere except the Far East.  I’d like to go to China.  I’ve read and heard so much about the country in the news.  I’d like to visit some of the major cities and learn more about China’s rich history and literature.  I’m sure China has had a more powerful influence on my life than I realize.

Do distant places feature in your books?

I’ve written scenes in European and South American countries.  I’ve travelled as far away as India but I don’t like to feature countries where I don’t have a deep understanding of the people and the culture.

Do you listen to music while writing?

Yes.  I’m listening to music as we speak.  Thank God for You Tube.

What have you learned about writing and publishing since you first started?

The short answer is they are both very hard things to do.

Is there anything you would do differently?

Actually, no.  I could have easily made a lot more mistakes.

Who, or what, if anything has influenced your writing?

I feel that every book I’ve ever read has influenced my writing.  Thanks for asking this question.  I never realized this before.

Anything you would say to those just starting out in the craft?

If you think you are the next John Grisham or J.K. Rowling, you probably aren’t.
Learn as much as you can from professional writers.  I took online courses at UCLA which helped me to avoid many of the pitfalls most beginning writers encounter.

What are three words that describe you?

I’d say I’m emotional, excited, and optimistic (or trying to be).

What's your favourite book or who is your favourite writer?

I have too many to boil it down to one.  Here are six of my favourite books off the top of my head: Catch 22, Slaughterhouse 5, The Martian Chronicles, Siddhartha, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, The Tommyknockers.

List of previous books if any?

Three Days to Darkness: Is there literally a prescription for happiness?   Darius McPherson has only three days and three friends to save the world from the people and the creatures who would have us believe that a new anti-depressant is the key to the treasure chest of happiness and success.


About the Book:

Scarlet Ambrosia--Blood Is The Nectar of Life
David Gittlin 
Genre: Paranormal Romance Thriller
Publisher: Entelligent Entertainment
Date of Publication: 4/1/2015
ISBN: 978-0-9882635-2-9
Number of pages: 350
Word Count: 85,000

Cover Artist: Debi Bodett

Book Description: 

How does a nice Jewish accountant tell his parents he’s become a vampire?  If only that were his biggest problem.

A one night stand, an error in judgment, a wrong turn—words can barely describe the events that thrust Devon Furst into the arms of a beautiful vampire lover.

The violent aftermath of that fateful night threatens to burn Devon’s eternal life down to ashes and endangers the lives of everyone close to him.

Everything in Devon’s life changes in the span of a few hours.  When he asks Mathilde de Roche one too many questions, the troubled vampiress has no choice but to offer Devon two terrible alternatives: Death or life as a vampire.  For a man aged twenty-eight and in perfect health, death is not an option.  Mathilde’s alluring beauty makes the decision and her vampire blood easier to swallow.

Devon must leave behind everyone and everything he holds dear to face a future full of uncertainty, and a five-hundred-year-old enemy endowed with super-human powers.

Book Trailer:

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Tour giveaway:

25 ebook copies in mobi or epub format to the first twenty-five people who sign up via google docs

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