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New-Release Spotlight: Light Dawning by Ty Arthur

About the Book:

Once known as the City on the Hill and revered far and wide for its independence and boundless opportunity, Cestia has become home only to the damned. Surviving under the brutal occupation of a southern empire for three long years, the oppressed populace has lost hope of liberation, turning instead towards an increasingly desperate rebellion willing to commit any atrocity for a chance at freedom.

As total war approaches, four lost souls trapped behind Cestia’s walls are on a collision course with fate, destined to either save the city or see it utterly destroyed while calling on forces beyond mankind’s comprehension. For good or ill, the light of a new day is about to dawn.
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Author Interview: Ty Arthur

Today I am interviewing Ty Arthur, author of the new grimdark, fantasy, and horror novel, Light Dawning.

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DJ: Hey Ty! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Ty Arthur: It’s my pleasure DJ, appreciate you taking the time to chat with me. I live in the perpetually-freezing Montana and have been working as a freelancer writer and editor for nearly a decade now. I mostly covered entertainment news and didn’t get serious about fiction until a few years back when I picked a horror anthology at my local library for my family’s annual horror fest. We like to mostly read chilling tales or watch scary movies throughout October while building up to Halloween. This particular set of short tales left me incredibly dissatisfied, with several of the stories barely even qualifying as horror in any sense of the word. That prompted me to give short story writing a shot, drawing on past experiences to come up with a few topics that could be twisted and viewed through a fictional supernatural horror lens. Those first few stories were pretty rough, but after a few tries I felt like I had something worth reading and started submitting to various open calls for fiction, which anyone who has ever endured that landmine of rejections will know is quite the exhausting experience. Eventually I had two shorts published in anthologies, which led to my longer sci-fi novella Empty getting noticed by a publisher. Now here we are with my full-length novel Light Dawning finally coming out as I get started on several other projects in the horror genre to follow.

DJ: What is Light Dawning about?

Ty: The basic surface story follows a group of people dealing with living every day life while their city is occupied by an invading army. The city is on lockdown, so they can’t leave, and it examines how these characters deal with the harsh realities of their current situations in different ways. One wants to hide and survive as long as possible without drawing attention for instance, while another sees the occupation as grand testing of faith and an opportunity to turn the city towards his religion’s teachings. Eventually the main characters are forced out of hiding when they come into contact with cosmic forces that aren’t particularly interested in whether mankind lives or dies.

DJ: What were some of your influences for Light Dawning?

Ty: On the literary front, I wanted to take the traditional tropes of some of my favorite fantasy authors as a kid like Goodkind, Brooks, Greenwood etc. but turn them completely on their heads. I left the elves and dwarves behind. There isn’t a chosen one here certain to rise above adversity and save the world. A humble farm boy doesn’t go on an epic journey to become a sword master or arch wizard. Magic is by and large a very bad thing here, because if anyone in this particular universe finds themselves with supernatural powers, it probably means they drew the attention of some insane cosmic being far beyond human comprehension. On the story front, Light Dawning follows the pattern of all my releases so far and translates a personal experience into a fictional setting. Writing is my cathartic outlet, and I started penning this story after my wife and I experienced two devastating miscarriages that had me in the grips of an extreme depression. My way out was to write a story as unrelentingly bleak as my world had become. Continue reading

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