Series: A Story of Goliath #1
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The Philistines, a mysterious warrior people known now for mainly one man: Goliath. The giant.
Goliath. A name grander than even the man himself. You’ve heard of his infamous end at the hands of a shepherd as written in a famous book, but what of the life of the man himself? What book tells his tale?
A warrior among warriors, a son of a god, a living legend. Goliath, the warrior champion of the Philistines. On the battlefield, he runs like a horse, wields killing instruments no normal man may heft, and revels in the fear his presence evokes. Off the field, his will is immutable, his trust invaluable, and his appetites unbearable. Goliath. This man knows no challenge.
But such a reputation will not discourage all men. Scheming rulers and generals, prophetic priests and powerful cults, dauntless warriors looking to make their own legend. Monsters. Gods. For one seemingly unkillable, at the very least, these things can ruin an otherwise pleasant day.
Along with his shield bearer, Abimelech, and soldiers more in awe than they are useful, Goliath will set out on missions for kings, face foul magic users, and walk in the shadows of mysterious halls. History tells us Goliath died at the hands of an Israelite. Goliath may have something to say about that.
Interview with Author Steven Shrewsbury
Can you talk a little about what the book is about?
PHILISTINE is a brutal fantasy yarn featuring Goliath, champion of the Philistine folk in ancient Canaan. This isn’t about his death or Biblical account, but a peek into the realm of forgotten pages of history where the last giant battled dark wizards, conflicting gods, demons and an unseen force out to destroy him. We see the anti-hero Goliath, bored with the world, nasty but infectious in his ways and attitudes, and never boring. His troop of soldiers and his shield bearer, Abimelech, encounter all manner of monsters and dire people while a civil war brews amongst his own folk. The tome is large, rich with history, pagan faiths of the time, bloody action and dark humor.
The book was announced in February 2013 for a summer release. Was it delayed due to editing, rewrites, etc.?
Most of the delay was due to unforeseen personal issues with some folks, but I completely understand. There are some things in life more important than books.
Where did you get the idea for the book?
I’ve wanted to write a book about Goliath since I was a teen, mainly inspired by the line “he’s a man of war since his youth” but maturity and research let me arrive at a time when I could pull the work off. I never could’ve written PHILISTINE in my 20s or 30s.
What message do you want readers to get from reading the book?
History isn’t exactly what we know it to be and life is short, so enjoy.
How long did it take to write the book?
First draft spread over 5 months, but I revised and redid it a few months a year for the past four years. I worked on many other things at the same time, but kept going back to walk through it again.
Who is your favorite character, or what character was the most fun to write?
Well, Goliath was great fun, more of a bored with the world guy than a total anti-hero; In creating His shield bearer, Abimelech, I really enjoyed his POV and story.
Can you talk about how you wrote it? Did you do any outlining? Did it take you in any unexpected directions?
I had it planned out pretty well, but my works always work themselves out in different directions as I go. This was the first book I ever had a list of places and stuff to follow as it became more and more intense as I went. Many a weird thing volunteered in the book and I surprised myself at times.
If you could go back and change anything in the novel, what would it be?
Nothing, it is what it is. I’m very proud of it as I always wanted to write it.
How did you come up with the cover?
Oddly enough, I was really vexed over it and trying to talk it out when a good friend, B.j McPherson, suggested something akin to what the FC came out like, with the wheel of virgins around Goliath, and Matt did a super job on it.
When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve been telling stories since I was able to talk, like my 9 year old now, who I cannot recall not speaking. Playing in the sandbox or with legos & tinkertoys, I had Tarzan in the Bible battles a few times as a 6 year old.
What was the first story that you ever wrote?
A story about the Vision and Captain America. I typed it single spaced on an aged typewriter and my brother ripped it in half. He still won’t read what I write.
What are you favorite books and authors?
BLOOD STONE by Karl Edward Wagner, SOLOMON KANE collection by Robert E.Howard, SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE by Kurt Vonngeut, GODFATHER by Mario Puzo. Howard is my fave for all time. Joe Abecrombie nowadays rocks.