Don Newton is a writer and armchair philosopher, author of the science fantasy trilogy “The Prophet”, and short stories too numerous to count. Don has been in love with science fiction and fantasy his entire life. The first alternate world he created was the result of a sixth-grade essay assignment, and he’s been hooked ever since. That world has grown and transformed into an entire multi-verse of possibilities to explore. Don’s not just a writer though, he has hobbies too: like making up funnier lyrics to popular songs. He sings them to himself when no one’s around—especially in the car. Don has a degree in Nursing and he’s a certified Paramedic. Six years in the Army sent him to places as diverse as Hawaii and Germany, where he was awarded the Army Achievement Medal for conduct above and beyond the call of duty. Having lived in nine different states and two foreign countries, he now calls the desert southwest home.
What is your writing process?
To sum it up in one word: eclectic. Sometimes, I will do a formal outline - but I find that becomes much easier if I am already two or three chapters into the story. I try to have an ending in mind when I start, but that usually changes and evolves to become something that doesn't resemble what I started with; or at best, a shadow of the original idea. It's almost as if the story has a life of its own, and I am just the conduit through which it flows.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I would be lying if I said I could remember that far back; I'm getting old, you know. I've had a love of books for as long as I can remember. The ones I remember most vividly: anything by Robert Heinlein, Harry Harrison, Isaac Asimov, Terry Brooks, J.R.R Tolkien... There's just too many to name. As far as the impact - I believe that stories allow our minds to shift into a different gear: to alter not only our consciousness but our perception of reality. It's an escape from a mundane world, into a vibrant one. I could get lost for hours in a good book.
Sa'riya was the first of the ascended, and because of it she was feared. The elders had no reference for her powers, no way to know how strong she'd become - she might even overpower them; so they decided to kill her. But there were those that disagreed: the ones that loved her, the ones that would die for her, the ones who would try to save her...
Prelude to "The Prophet" series.