Today I am interviewing Daniel A. Willis, author of the new fantasy novel, Prophecy of the Awakening.
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DJ: Hey Daniel! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Daniel A. Willis: I have been many things during my life, but I am most well known as an historian and genealogist. I wrote several nonfiction books in this area before venturing into fiction and exploring my love of fantasy. Then my first novel, Immortal Betrayal, came out in 2011.
DJ: What is Prophecy of the Awakening about?
Daniel: Nikki is a young woman who literally has a voice talking inside her head. The voice turns out to be the Earth-goddess Gaea. She sends Nikki on the heroine’s quest to help fulfill an ancient prophecy about the return of the Greek gods in the present day. However, she is thwarted by the Vatican who knows the prophecy and is determined to prevent it from coming true. This prophecy revolves around an unborn child, whom a devout scientist has mistaken to be the biblically foretold Antichrist. The child’s parents are a mercenary and a movie star. The paths of all these diverse characters come together for a chilling climax in the ruins of ancient Olympia.
DJ: What were some of your influences for Prophecy of the Awakening?
Daniel: It all started when I read the first Percy Jackson book. I went looking for mythology-based stories written more for adults and found precious few. I was also fascinated from an early age by the prospect of the “Antichrist” and mythos surrounding the purported “End Times”. This book blended those influences. Continue reading