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Lyman Ditson Author Interview

Desert Angels follows a man and his dog who meet a Slavic angel in the desert and are sent off on a mission where the path is unclear, and adventures await them. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

I have always been drawn to the concept of angels. I have also lived in different varieties of deserts. The mission feels very much like a journey similar to one I’ve taken in my life.

Did you plan the tone and direction of the novel before writing or did it come out organically as you were writing?

I wrote mostly by the seat of my pants except for the ending which I had in mind through most of the writing.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

Exploration of the immortality narrative, self-centeredness vs. selflessness, and the discovery of a gift that was present all along.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

I don’t have any plans for another book although that can change. I am in the process of starting a blog-type site.

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Desert Angels is a thought-provoking adventure that takes place in the New Mexico desert. It is about a man and his dog who encounter unique characters and situations. You may find yourself reading it more than once.

Desert Angels

Desert Angels by Lyman Ditson is an eloquently written short story interspersed with bursts of poetry throughout and charmingly drawn illustrations. The reader follows our protagonist and his dog Lion as he wanders the desert trying to find his way home to his cabin. Along the way, he meets a host of characters amidst a series of fantastical interactions with them, starting with a Slavic angel named Boris, who implores him to conduct a sacred mission.    

The desert wanderer appears in an active state of confusion and, following his meeting with Boris, is catapulted to the bow of a ship where he meets a parrot trying to seek the tree of eternity.  

Throughout the book, various philosophical themes are examined, from immortality to the secret of life. In addition, the theme of belief is addressed throughout the story, with multiple characters asserting what they promised can only come true if the recipient truly believes it will happen.  

Ditson’s writing is both philosophical and humorous. I particularly liked the funny aspects of the book; it was both easy to read and comical, which made the story entertaining. All the characters are well thought out and written with sharp, flowing dialogue. The dynamic between the protagonist and his dog is particularly amusing as Lion the dog begins to talk.  

The author Lyman Ditson is clearly a talented poetry writer, and the poems included throughout add a level of depth to the story. I liked how the poems are spread through the book, making them easier to relate to compared to a traditional volume of poetry. The book’s ending is somewhat ambiguous, and we are left wondering what exactly happened to the protagonist. However, that suits the style of the story. Readers looking to take an adventure with side trips into the author’s poetry and philosophical thoughts will find this short read magical.

Pages: 78 | ASIN : B0B57RBP6K

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