Fires of Man (Psionic Earth Series #1) by Dan Levinson
Published: 17th June 2014
In a world where a gifted few can manipulate reality with their minds, two great nations—Calchis and Orion—employ these psionic powers in a covert war for global superiority.
In the heart of Calchis, a powerful young psion named Aaron Waverly is kidnapped, and forcibly conscripted. To the north, in the capital, a plan is hatched to decimate Orion, to be carried out by the ruthless operative known only as “Agent.”
In Orion, fresh recruit Stockton Finn comes to terms with his incredible new powers, and learns firsthand how dangerous they can be. Meanwhile, officers Nyne Allen and Kay Barrett navigate the aftermath of their shattered love affair, oblivious to the fact that Calchis draws ever closer to destroying the tenuous peace.
Finally, in the arctic land of Zenith, Calchan archaeologist Faith Santia unearths a millennia-old ruin. This lost temple might just hold the hidden history of psionic powers, as well as hints of a deeper mystery . . . that could shake the foundations of all mankind.
Tell us a little bit about your book in your own words.
Fires of Man is the story of several characters—an assassin, military officers, fresh recruits, and an archaeologist—who are caught amid a fast-escalating war between two nations, a war centered around the emergence of extraordinary psionic powers, kept secret from the general populace.
How much research went into your book and did you discover any surprising things?
There's a heavy military aspect to the book, and so much of the research I did revolved around that. I enjoyed delving not only into the organizational structure of the military, but also into the tools of the trade: weapons, vehicles, equipment. I did find the command structure and delineation between commissioned and enlisted personnel to be quite interesting; it was not something I was fully aware of before working on this book.
Are you a planner/plotter, or do you just follow where the story leads?
Both. I have most big story moments planned, but I allow my characters to lead me to those moments. And I'm always open to things changing.
What was the hardest part about writing your book?
The rewrites. The first draft went quite quickly, from first page to last about seven months. But it was subsequent drafts that fully solidified the world I had created, set the rules and characters down more concretely. There were a number of things that changed over the course of the next several drafts, all of them vital.
What's one thing you hope readers take away from your book?
I hope readers come away from this feeling inspired, and curious about our own world, its politics, religions, the perceived differences between us. And, of course, I hope they'll feel eager to get their hands on the sequel, Shadows Collide, which is due out next year.
Do you have a favourite place to write? Or a place you go for inspiration?
I love to write from home, and also at the Paragraph writer's workspace in New York City. Being in a room where you are surrounded by other writers, working, creating, is very inspiring.
If you could spend a day with any author (living or deceased) who would it be and what would you do?
George R.R. Martin, and I would pester him until he revealed the ending of A Song of Ice and Fire to me.
No, I'm kidding. I'll leave poor George alone and let him write. While there are other living authors I would love to spend a day with, I can't pass up the opportunity to spend a day with the author of one of my favorite series, Robert Jordan, who sadly passed away in 2007. I'd like to spend our time talking, over a couple meals and a bottle of good Scotch. I'd ask him about his series, The Wheel of Time, as well as the new series he was purported to be working on before he passed away. I'd ask his permission to let me write it in his stead.
What book(s) are you currently working on and do you have anything planned for the future?
I'm currently engaged in rewrites for a YA fantasy piece entitled The Ace of Kings. I'm also working on the first draft of the third Psionic Earthnovel, Prophet Rising. I also expect to get edits back from my publisher for the second book, Shadows Collide, quite soon.
Thank you for having me.
Thank you Dan! The Paragraph sounds amazing, I can only imagine how great the atmosphere would be!
Author Bio - Dan Levinson
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