Today I am interviewing Steven Govorchin, author of the new pre-historical fiction novel, Plateau Dwellers.
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DJ: Hi Steven! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Steven Govorchin: Thank you very much for extending this interview to me and taking an interest in Plateau Dwellers. I was born in 1955 and grew up in Michigan. My great, eclectic journey began with military service in the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, continued with a career in science and eventually expanded into the arts, including filmmaking, composing music and writing books.
DJ: What is Plateau Dwellers about?
Steven: “Plateau Dwellers” is the story of a boy who comes of age in a primitive, unchanging culture that might have existed during the Neolithic Period of a hypothetical, alternate universe. His knowledge comes from the lore he has inherited and what his senses have told him about his surroundings. As he progresses through his teen years, he begins to question the validity of everything his society accepts as true, so he sets out on a long expedition to learn about the human condition and his world. Along the way, he builds the foundation for the most unexpected discovery of all: his own true nature.
DJ: What were some of your influences for Plateau Dwellers?
Steven: Like “Clan of the Cave Bear,” the adventure (in Part One) takes place in a primitive world. Similar to “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” the main character is an alter ego of the author, who must figure out where knowledge comes from and its significance to his life. As in “Atlas Shrugged,” a protagonist must acquire information and then struggle to overcome the limitations imposed by society. Continue reading