Dear Friends, this is David Telbat. In my new novel, Dawn of Affliction, I used research of real towns and geography to tell the story of an epic journey across post-apocalyptic America. In every town, I show conflict and challenge—selfish society at its worst. Simultaneously, I share the contrast of God’s people expressing grace and mercy to those who deserve otherwise. Peach Springs and Cameron were two Arizona towns I used in the West.
Peach Springs, Arizona
This town was once on the beaten path for vehicles, but a new highway now sends drivers elsewhere to save time traveling through the desert. Because of this detour, the town almost became a ghost town, except it serves as the administrative base for the Hualapai Tribe.
In Dawn of Affliction, Book One of Last Dawn Trilogy, I show Peach Springs as a deserted town. Its meager population has relocated to Havasu Falls and the three other nearby canyon waterfalls. As I state in my Author Note inside the front pages of the novel, the terrible circumstances in this fictional future around these towns does not reflect the friendly people who live there now. The town and its geography are what I focus on, and its rugged location provides for a demanding and desperate conflict.
Cameron, in which the population is less than one thousand today, survives by selling foods and crafts to tourists. Hikers can find the Little Colorado River Gorge not far to the north, where the Grand Canyon dissects the terrain.
The trading post next to the suspension bridge over the nearby canyon inspired me to fictionalize a sort of futuristic bazaar for travelers and townspeople. Racial animosity surfaces in my book, between Easterners and the Native American population—the reverse of what may actually exist there today. In Dawn of Affliction, a great battle is fought here as Levi Caspertein protects the diverse group of people who travel in his band.
These two old towns are just a couple of the dozen places I feature in my new novel. When you read about Levi Caspertein in the last days of America, you will be traveling with him through these unique and historic locales. Come join me for the journey!
See you on the next page!
You can find other background tidbits about Dawn of Affliction in these research posts: “A City Humbled—Last Dawn Trilogy Begins” and, “A Ghost Town Comes Alive,” “Racial and Water Disputes,” and “Slaves + Wild Burros.” Research posts for other novels can be found on our Research Page here.
NOTE-1: Feb 23 is designated as a Day of Mourning and prayer for our most helpless and defenseless children. Please visit this website for more info, and let’s all be praying. (They also suggest we wear black that day, as well as close our businesses, don’t shop, and to pray & repent for the abortions taking place in our country.).
NOTE-2: Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families affected by the shooting in Aurora, Ill.
COMING UP: Join us next week for an update on David’s novels and publishing plans in,
“Feb 2019 Novel Update for D.I. Telbat.”