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Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Rewind Tour- Dark Tomorrow: Rise of the Crow by Jeremiah Franklin

Are you currently binge watching anything on Netflix, Hulu (or elsewhere)? What keeps you glued to the screen?

Right now, I’m deep in the middle of editing the third book in the Dark Tomorrow trilogy, Fall of the Crow, so unfortunately, I don’t have the luxury of binge watching much of anything. However, I absolutely loved Game of Thrones (both the books and the series) and thought that it was truly groundbreaking television. Just last summer I started watching The Walking Dead (which a lot of people compare my books to) and I thought the first few seasons were really good. However, at some point I felt that the show was getting a bit redundant and I haven’t watched much of it lately.

Do you prefer movies or TV series?

I’m definitely a cinephile, but many of the recent binge-worthy television series have such high production values (like GOT) that I think the lines between television and film are blurred. At this point, I think it can be argued that some of the best television series rival anything Hollywood puts out in terms of overall quality.

When it comes to reading do you prefer standalones or series?

I do enjoy standalone books, but there’s nothing like immersing yourself in a series of novels. I think it gives the reader a chance to dive deep into the story and to get to know the characters and story unlike a standalone book. In my own case, I wrote the Dark Tomorrow series as a trilogy because I felt that it was important for readers to see the characters mature and grow as they fight to stay alive in a post-apocalyptic world.

Do you prefer to start new book series when the first book is released or do you want for a several books in the series to be released so you can binge read?

I think it depends on the series, but I’ve never had a problem starting from the first book and then waiting until the next in the series is released. Just like with movie sequels, there’s something about the waiting process that is exciting, and for some of us, finally getting that next book in the series is quite often worth the wait. I can’t speak for everyone, but I do know that many of the people who read my first book are eagerly awaiting the release of the next chapter, Dark Tomorrow II: Cult of the Crow (which comes out next week) and I’m hopeful they won’t be disappointed!

What are some of your hobbies, interests or guilty pleasures?

I live in Bend, Oregon, so most of my free time is spent outdoors enjoying the beautiful lakes, rivers, and mountains of central Oregon. In the summer and fall, you can usually find me hiking the local trails, or maybe kayaking or floating the Deschutes River. However, in the winter and spring, I am especially fortunate to be able to snowboard about 50 days a season. There’s really nothing like a good powder day on the mountain—and when I’m not busy writing or reading, I try to enjoy the slopes as much as possible.

What's your guilty “nerd” pleasure ?

Ever since I was kid, I’ve always been a huge Star Wars fan. I’ve seen every movie—some of them a dozen times or more—but unlike a lot of the more hard-core fans out there, I try to simply enjoy the films and not tear them down or over-analyze every little facet of the story. In my opinion, sometimes the best way to enjoy something is not to take it too seriously, and to simply enjoy the ride.

Have you ever peeked at the ending of a book?

Never. I’m the type of person who likes surprises and I feel like reading the last page of a book is like unwrapping your presents the day before Christmas—it’s just not my style.

When it comes to your own writing are you a plotter or a pantster?

To be honest, I’ve utilized both styles and would even go so far as to label myself something of a plotter/pantster hybrid. There are some definite advantages to plotting out a story, but I also like the idea of writing-by-the-seat-of-my-pants and putting down whatever comes to mind. I feel like being a pantster works especially well when writing dialogue and can lead to some truly authentic interactions between characters. At the same time, if you are trying to write a cohesive and connected three book series like Dark Tomorrow, I think it would be difficult without giving some serious thought to the plot, and how it connects the story from chapter to chapter.

Dark Tomorrow: Rise of the Crow
Dark Tomorrow
Book One    
Jeremiah Franklin
Genre: Science Fiction/Post-apocalyptic

Publisher: Month9Books

Date of Publication: September 18, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-948671-05-7

Number of pages: 306

Cover Artist: Danielle Doolittle

Tagline: The only thing deadlier than the virus decimating everything in its path is the love he feels for her.

Book Description:            

When a deadly virus decimates the majority of Earth's population, 16-year-old Sawyer Bradshaw finds he is both immune and alone in a world that has descended into violent chaos. Armed with only his estranged father's shotgun, and an unrelenting desire to stay alive, Sawyer discovers that he not only has an uncanny knack for cheating death, but also for taking lives.

Still, it is not long before he meets his match in a fierce and cunning teenage girl named Sara and by her side Sawyer emerges as more than just a natural-born killer, but also as a leader among men.

Nevertheless, as quick as the young survivors fall desperately in love, they find themselves caught up in a series of conspiracies and twisted struggles for power, and they soon realize that more often than not, love, betrayal, and death, tend to walk hand in hand.

The truth was that the fall of humankind had been nothing like the boy had been told it would be, and in some peculiar yet uniquely teenage way, he felt as if he had been cheated. His generation had been conditioned from birth to expect the spectacular, to always presume the fantastic, but Armageddon had not come with a brilliant flash or the blockbuster finale. The machines had not taken over. There had been no zombie outbreak, no hostile alien invasion. There had been no global thermonuclear war, no doomsday meteor, no Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. In reality, the final days had been nothing like Hollywood had promised him they would be, and as the boy looked over the burned-out homes and the piles of garbage that would hopefully contain his next meal, he knew firsthand that the end of the world had been anything but spectacular.

About the Author:

Jeremiah Franklin is a former private investigator, arm-chair survivalist, and author of the Dark Tomorrow trilogy. When he is not creating thrilling post-apocalyptic worlds, or discussing himself in the third person, the author enjoys reading, staying active, and spending time outdoors with family and friends. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, a Master’s Degree in Education, and several other certifications that no one really cares about. He lives, writes, and plays in beautiful central Oregon, USA.

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Jeremiah Franklin said...

Thanks for the book tour! The second book in the trilogy comes out Nov. 12, check it out!