Monday, October 30, 2017

From The Ash by Dave Heron

From The Ash
The Phoenix Series
Book One
Dave Heron

Genre: Sci Fi/Dystopian

Print Length: 255 pages

Publisher: DevilDog Press


Book Description:

Five days. It took me five days to crawl out from the bowels of the rubble. I emerged from my tomb into a world nothing more than a wasteland; propelled into chaos where everyone has all but lost their humanity.

My name is Phoenix, and the world as I knew it ended that day; the day the human race was nearly eradicated, and my journey home began.

About the Author:

Dave Heron was born in Pittsburgh, PA, where he resides with his wife, children and fur-baby. His two young boys, Max and Bennett, keep life interesting and often inspire Dave's creativity. Between juggling work, rambunctious kids and nagging wife, Dave enjoys spending time writing various genres. His greatest inspirations come from authors such as R. A. Salvatore, Brandon Sanderson and Mark Tufo.

Interview with Dave Heron

Where do you get inspiration for your stories? 

Everywhere. I have around five stories lined up for the future that popped into my head from random day-to-day events. My debut novel, From the Ash, was heavily influenced by the movie Mad Max. I remember leaving the theater after watching it, thinking to myself “I want to create something like that.” The wheels started spinning and a year later, From the Ash was born. 

How did you do research for your book? 

A lot of Google and Google Maps. Getting a “realistic” feel to a fiction story, I feel, is something that must be done right. For example, my main protagonist—Phoenix—begins in California in the prologue. With the first chapter jumping ahead to a year later, she is traveling up the border of Texas and Oklahoma. I took the distance between these two points, calculated the miles, and asked myself “Walking, would she end up here in a year?” This was a process I did when anything needed this authenticity.

Do you have another profession besides writing? 

Nope. I currently work at a bank on the graveyard shift (is it time to retire yet?), which, funny enough, is where I get most of my writing done. Shh, don’t tell my boss!

If you could go back in time, where would you go? 

Oh man, great question. Hmm, if I could be an apparition, I would love to spend a day in Roman times at the height of their empire. I find that time period fascinating. 

What is your next project? 

Currently, I’m working on From the Ash: II, which is coming along slowly but surely. It’s tough to find time to sit down and write with a full-time job, two young boys, and a plethora of other things on my plate. Still, I wouldn’t change a single thing about it. It’s such a privilege being a dad! 

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