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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.
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