These are dark days for Naphthali. The king has been murdered, the land invaded by the Imperial Army. It will absorb Naphthali into an Empire that stretches across all of Enialé at any cost. The ravaged people cling to an ancient promise, an assurance that a Prophesied savior will come to set them free…
Daniel Martin is trapped in a life that hasn’t gone as expected. His pharmacy is struggling and he is losing all hope of making a difference in his patients’ lives. His family is the one shining light in his disenchanted life, but he is torn from them when an accident draws him to Naphthali. The people need him but Daniel is driven by his need to return to the family he loves. Is he the Prophesied One? Only time will tell as both the Empire and the Resistance battle for Daniel while the fate of Naphthali hangs in the balance…
What is your favorite quality about yourself?
It’s funny, my wife and I were discussing this awhile back and I asked her what one word she thought described me. She said confident, and I think that is spot-on. There is almost nothing that I don’t believe I could do it if I put my mind to it…is that a strength or a weakness? Hard to say, although it is the quality that I think I most associate myself with. That, and a sense of humor; after all, if you can’t laugh at yourself, who can you?
What is your least favorite quality about yourself?
I really struggle with being judgmental. I try to live my life to be open to other views and ways of life, but it is so hard sometimes! Why can’t you see that what you’re doing is wrong? It would be so much easier if you’d just do what I tell you to…see what I mean?
How long have you been writing?
I remember first trying to write a novel when I was in probably the fifth grade. I had a great opening sequence and wonderful characters…and it lasted for about three pages. That was when I realized how hard it was to write a good story, but I guess you could say I’ve been experimenting with writing ever since then. Prophecy Foretold is the first book that I’d written, which I finished about five years ago…I guess you could say that I have been writing successfully for five years, but it has certainly been a life-long pursuit!
How did you come up with the title of the book?
The series as a whole is based on the adventures that Daniel has as he travels throughout this world that believes him to be a prophesied savior, so The Prophecy Chronicles seemed to fit, and it has a nice ring to it. Prophecy Foretold is about Daniel learning of the prophecy and maybe…no I can’t ruin the surprise. Does he fit the prophecy or not? That is the question in the book so Prophecy Foretold seemed to fit.
Are there any current books that have grasped your interest?
My tastes in books are pretty varied, but right now I am reading a historical fiction series by Simon Scarrow. It is a fictional retelling of the Roman invasion to conquer Britain. Very interesting reading!
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
For me the hardest part is always putting the first word on the page. I have all of these ideas in my head, but how do I START the thing? That can be really hard! It’s also the part that I usually end up rewriting the most number of times before the book is finally finished.
Give us three “Good to Know” facts about you. Be creative, you can talk about your first job, something that inspires you, anything fun that might grab the readers attention.
1) I love to challenge myself! Every year I try to come up with a new challenge to push my limits. In the past that has included being a missionary in Haiti, teaching college level classes, volunteering more at my church, competing in a triathlon, oh and writing a book! This year the goal is to compete in a Warrior Dash, which is a combination of a 5K road race and a pretty tough obstacle course. When I showed my kids footage online they were very excited to see that I’d be running through fire!
2) I’d love to be a full-time author, but until that becomes a reality my full-time job is as a pharmacist. I also direct a program at my local community college where I train future pharmacy technicians, the pharmacist’s assistant.
3) I love summer! To me if you have to wear more than a t-shirt and shorts you’re living in the wrong climate. Unfortunately I live in Iowa, so I get the pleasure of experiencing every season. Thankfully our winters are usually mild and only really last about two months…otherwise I’d be living on the beach in Florida!
Tell us a little bit about the cover art. Who designed it? What made you choose that particular image/artwork?
When I originally finished writing Prophecy Foretold I wanted to give a copy to my family members for Christmas. Just using photo software on my computer I took a picture of myself, added a gray beard and a big swirly scar on my cheek. Consequently when it came time to pick a cover for the published book I had an idea what I wanted. I knew I didn’t want it to look cartoonish or a painting, like a lot of fantasy novels do. I felt having someone staring out at you was a good attention grabber, so my publisher (Rouge Phoenix Press) found a much more handsome man than me to be on the cover! They added Daniel’s scar and voilà…only I think of Daniel being more middle-aged than the cover depicts. The cover art was designed by Ms. G.
ABOUT RON HARTMAN
Ron Hartman has had a life-long passion for the written word and is an avid reader. The Prophecy Chronicles are his first written works. Ron graduated from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy in 2000 and lives in Ottumwa, Iowa with his wife and three children. Read more about Prophecy Foretold, as well as excerpts from the other books in The Prophecy Chronicles series, at www.prophecychronicles.com.
His latest book is The Prophecy Chronicles.
The Prophecy Chronicles Virtual Book Publicity Tour Schedule
Monday, May 6 – Guest blogging at You Gotta Read
Tuesday, May 7 – Interviewed at Janna Shay
Thursday, May 9 – Interviewed at Digital Journal
Monday, May 13 – Guest blogging at Books, Books, the Magical Fruit
Tuesday, May 14 – Book reviewed at Vic’s Media Room
Wednesday, May 15 – Book reviewed at My Cozie Corner
Thursday, May 16 – Book featured at Mary’s Cup of Tea
Monday, May 20 – Interviewed at Literal Exposure
Tuesday, May 21 – First Chapter Reveal at My Devotional Thoughts
Wednesday, May 22 – Guest blogging at Epic Robot Danni
Friday, May 24 – Guest blogging at Literarily Speaking
Monday, May 27 – Interviewed at Examiner
Thursday, May 30 – Interviewed at Review From Here