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The Blighted Fortress by David Dresner

This story begins in modern Chicago then moves to fifth-century Transylvania.

The teenage protagonists, Glenda and Traveler, are sent by Theo, their sanctuary god, deep into the primeval forests of the Carpathian Mountains. They must locate then neutralize an ancient demi-god called a “fire beast”.

The two must also survive the daunting challenges of isolated fifth-century Transylvania. Rome is now in its final death throes and the hoof beats of Attila the Hun echo across Europe. Civilization and Pax Romana are distant memories.

Magic, wits, and youthful courage must combine to face the fire creature. Survival, much less winning, is up for grabs.
Information about the Book

Title: The Blighted Fortress (The Allies of Theo #2)
Author: David E. Dresner
Release Date: 7th November 2019
Genre: YA
Page Count: 386
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing

Author Q&A
What is your favourite thing about writing books?

I get pulled into the story. It’s like I’m watching/joining the story. I sit and the story comes without planning. I never know exactly where a particular scene is going. It’s pure entertainment.

Who is your favourite character in your book and why?

I have two equal protagonists, teens Traveler and Glenda. Their relationship is natural and fun for teen readers. They exchange back and forth quips and challenges to outdo each other. At the same time they come together when faced with daunting threats.

What is your favourite beverage to consume while writing?

Coffee to start the day but nothing else. I’m a bad typist so I need my hands as free as possible. Once I’m into the story I don’t think about food or beverages.

Do you have any bad habits while you’re writing?

Probably my posture could be better, otherwise just leave me alone. Once I’m in the story I don’t want to be bothered unless the house is on fire.

How do you research your books?

The fantasy part is purely my imagination. I don’t bring any other sources to the story or the prose.

Each story includes a major turning point in history that’s central to the book’s plot line. That history is pretty well researched. I keep the history reasonably accurate but as a backdrop to support the action. This is not a history-focused series, and I am not a history professor.

To keep the many incidental historic references light reading, my two teens exchange factoids that support and polish whatever the action or dialogue is at a  particular moment in the story.

Author Information

David E. Dresner was born and raised in rural Ohio. He was an Eagle Scout and later high school president in both his junior and senior years. The social mores, the friendships, and the rivalries of his youth were character building and era defining and have stayed with him into adulthood. Dresner studied physics and mathematics at Carnegie Tech, now Carnegie Mellon, earning a B.S. and M.S, before training to become an actuary. Dresner enjoyed considerable professional success, working at major business consultancy firms at CEO and COO level before taking early retirement and starting a family. He has since dedicated himself to giving back to his community, supporting small businesses, churches and schools by developing their strategic plans, as well as tutoring children in core academic studies. Having travelled extensively and lived in France, Switzerland and the Czech Republic, today David and his wife Nancy live in a rural part of Virginia, near Charlottesville. He is currently working on the fourth instalment of The Allies of Theo series; he will publish his third novel in 2020.

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