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Richard W. Wise Author Interview

The Dawning: 31,000 BC follows the love story of two people in prehistoric times who are kidnapped and thrust into the middle of a conflict. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

The marvelous Paleolithic drawings at Chauvet Cave in southern France. It is difficult to view these drawings and then call the people who made them, “primitive”.

What kind of research did you do for this novel to ensure you captured the essence of the story’s theme?

I read about about 20 books and studied European archeology at The University of Virginia.

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

Political evolution. Specifically, the development of human government. Rousseau rightly said: “Man was born free but it everywhere in chains.” Why, how did that happen. Why has mankind repeatedly chosen subjugation over freedom.

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

I’m not sure. I’m thinking about a sequel to The Dawning. I’m also thinking about another historical novel set in the gem/jewelry trade. Perhaps, an ancient goldsmith drawing on my 40 years experience as a goldsmith/gemologist. Whatever it is it will be a historical novel.

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The Dawning tells an age-old story of deadly struggle, the heart-rending tale of young love-its aspirations, pain, disappointments and eventual triumph.
Ejil and Lada, son and daughter of a Cro-Magnon tribe (on the verge of adulthood) have begun to explore their maturing feelings when an encounter with a clan of Neanderthal hunters tears their Ice Age world apart. Lada is lost and Ejil finds himself embarked on a desperate odyssey to find the mother tribe.
The Neanderthals, a pale skinned people, occupied Ice Age Europe for three hundred thousand years. Dark-skinned Cro-Magnons, our direct ancestors, appeared forty-five thousand years ago. Five thousand years later, the Neanderthals had disappeared. What happened when our two ancestral peoples came face to face on the ice bound plains of prehistory?
Travel back 33,000 years into our deep past. Set against the backdrop of the fabulous painted caves of Southern France, follow the gripping tale of two young lovers and the sweeping narrative of ancient cultures met in bloody conflict.

The Dawning: 31,000 BC

The Dawning: 31,000 BC by Richard W. Wise is set in prehistoric times, going back 33,000 years. The story is inspired by the age when the Neanderthals clashed with Homo Sapiens on earth in a battle for domination. The battle for supremacy however, in this fiction is between members of the Cro-Magnon tribe and a clan of pale-skinned Neanderthals. When Lada and Tule are unexpectedly kidnapped by unknown tribesmen and the Cro-Magnon tribe is ransacked, Ejil,  the son of the Cro-Magnon tribe must, together with unlikely allies, save his people. Different kinships and families are broken and forged amid the war. The story also features a tale of young-love blooming in a bloody conflict.

Author Richard Wise provides readers with a fascinating take on the past in this prehistoric historical romance novel. He draws inspiration from tales of ancestral people who once roamed the earth and whose extinction is still a subject of different academic debate. The author displays an obvious flair for history gathered through research. His knowledge about the concept can be gleaned from his insight and vivid descriptions of the habits, mannerisms and techniques of ancestral people before the development of the world.

The barbarism of cavemen in premodern times is evident and the characters use a lot of derogatory and demeaning terms towards women. The Dawning: 31,000 BC was engaging and I reveled in the author’s descriptions of the settings. The emphasis on character development certainly makes the story quite fun and immersive to read. Although, a different era, the experience and customs of these ancestral people are not unfamiliar. I’ve read many historical romance novels, but none that go this far back in time. This is a fantastic story that will appeal to fans looking for an accurate depiction of prehistoric times and the strife those people faced, or for any reader looking for a thoughtful love story story in the midst of it all.

Pages: 342 | ASIN: B0B6PRF88M

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