Demi: Congratulations on launching The Remnant this week. Give us a little teaser of what it’s about.
William: The Remnant is about a post-theological world. The government has created a superflu that wipes out humanity’s VMAT2 Gene, which is, according to some scientists, the reason people have spiritual experience. The action centers around Colton Pierce, an extractor for the Center for Theological Control. He apprehends Aberrants (those who display symptoms of faith) and quarantines them on a remote Island. The crux of the novel is what happens when Colton’s own son, Marty, is targeted for extraction. Colton has to decide whether to turn in his son or help him flee the government. At this time he also learns of the Remnant, an underground militia of Aberrants, who have managed to stay “off the grid.” They agree to help Colton save his son in exchange for a favor: They want Colton to help them free the Aberrants who have been quarantined on the Island.
Demi: I’ve seen an advance review that compares The Remnant to George Orwell’s 1984. How did that make you feel?
William: I thought that was pretty cool. I’m a fan of 1984. I do think the premise is similar in that I am presenting a future that is both frightening and familiar at the same time. Ultimately, I want the reader to enjoy the story, but I would love for some readers to at least ponder if this future (or a future similar to it) is possible. Based on some of the things I’ve been reading in the news lately, the future of the Remnant might not be super far off.
Demi: Rumor has it you’ve already finished writing the sequel. Did you learn anything in that draft that caused you to make adjustments in book 1 before launch?
William: Yes, I actually just finished the first draft of the sequel yesterday. But it’s going to take me several months to really go through and edit and polish it. I have a lot of work ahead of me. As far as making adjustments, I can’t think of anything I wanted to change in Book 1 because of the sequel. If anything, it was the opposite. I kept going back to the first book to make sure I was consistent with the world that I had established while drafting the sequel.
Demi: As part of your book launch, you’re doing a blog tour for a couple weeks. What has that process been like? My writer friends are all curious how you made it manageable!
William: To be honest, it’s been pretty simple so far. Mason Canyon, who is hosting the tour, has been in communication with me and made everything pretty easy. And I kind of enjoy the promotion aspect. Next month, I am traveling to San Francisco for a book signing. A lot of writers I know are introverts, but I tend to be the opposite: I’m an extrovert. So I always try to have time and energy to take part in anything I can do to promote the work. It’s fun.
Demi: How can my readers connect and learn more about you?
William: They can follow me on Twitter and Facebook:
Author William Michael Davidson is on tour with MC Book Tours featuring his new novel, THE REMNANT, which released Feb. 7 by Dancing Lemur Press L.L.C.
You can follow Davidson’s tour schedule HERE for reviews, excerpts, interviews, features, and a chance to win a copy of his book.
◊by William Michael Davidson
◊Release date: February 7, 2017
◊$15.95, 6×9 Trade paperback, 242 pages
◊Science Fiction (FIC028000) / Christian Futuristic Fiction (FIC0402020)
◊Print ISBN 978-1-939844-29-3
◊eBook ISBN 978-1-939844-30-9
◊Order through Ingram, Follett, or from the publisher
◊$4.99 eBook available in all formats
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