The Ancestor by Lee Matthew Goldberg / #Interview #BlogTour @damppebbles @ADRBook @LeeMatthewG

A man wakes up in present-day Alaskan wilderness with no idea who he is, nothing on him save an empty journal with the date 1898 and a mirror. He sees another man hunting nearby, astounded that they look exactly alike except for his own beard. After following this other man home, he witnesses a wife and child that brings forth a rush of memories of his own wife and child, except he’s certain they do not exist in modern times—but from his life in the late 1800s. After recalling his name is Wyatt, he worms his way into his doppelganger Travis Barlow’s life. Memories become unearthed the more time he spends, making him believe that he’d been frozen after coming to Alaska during the Gold Rush and that Travis is his great-great grandson. Wyatt is certain gold still exists in the area and finding it with Travis will ingratiate himself to the family, especially with Travis’s wife Callie, once Wyatt falls in love. This turns into a dangerous obsession affecting the Barlows and everyone in their small town, since Wyatt can’t be tamed until he also discovers the meaning of why he was able to be preserved on ice for over a century. A meditation on love lost and unfulfilled dreams, The Ancestor is a thrilling page-turner in present day Alaska and a historical adventure about the perilous Gold Rush expeditions where prospectors left behind their lives for the promise of hope and a better future. The question remains whether it was all worth the sacrifice…


1.Which character would you like to be in this book?

Wyatt would be interesting, since he has such a connection to the past believing he was a prospector from the Alaskan Gold Rush. It would be amazing to have had a first hand account of that time and the ability to see the world how it was.

2. Do you always take a book/erader wherever you go?

Yeah usually, I aim to read a book a week. Even when I’m working on a novel it helps to read others.

3. Say someone asks if they can use your name in a book. Would you rather be the ‘good one’ or the ‘bad one’?

The bad one! Way more fun.

4. Do you prefer to read/write standalones or series?

I’ve written both. A series is richer and feels more like a TV show, since you are with the characters for a much longer time. It’s a more rewarding experience. That said, it’s great to write a one-off that’s complete enough to not need a sequel.

5. Where can I find you when you are reading?

Usually in a park somewhere if the weather is nice.

6. Where can I find you when you are not writing/reading?

In normal times, traveling, restaurants, movies, museums, hiking, biking.

7. Can you walk past a bookstore without going inside?

That’s a tough one.

8. What are you most proud of?

Probably my latest book The Ancestor, it’s my best.

9. What goes through your mind when you hold your new book in your hands for the first time?

It’s an amazing feeling. So much work is put into writing a novel so it’s surreal when it’s all done.

10. What piece of advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Rejection will happen over and over so you have to get used to it. Use it as inspiration to make you a better writer. If you are really good, someone will publish your work, u=you just have to be patient.

Thank you, Lee Matthew Goldberg and Damppebbles Blog Tours

About the author

Lee Matthew Goldberg is the author of the novels THE DESIRE CARD, THE MENTOR, and SLOW DOWN. He has been published in multiple languages and nominated for the 2018 Prix du Polar. The second book in the Desire Card series, PREY NO MORE, is forthcoming in 2020, along with his first Sci-Fi novel ORANGE CITY. His new endeavor will be as the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Fringe Press and Fringe Digital, dedicated to publishing fiction that’s outside-of-the-box. His pilots and screenplays have been finalists in Script Pipeline, Book Pipeline, Stage 32, We Screenplay, the New York Screenplay, Screencraft, and the Hollywood Screenplay contests. After graduating with an MFA from the New School, his writing has also appeared in the anthology DIRTY BOULEVARD, The Millions, Cagibi, The Montreal Review, The Adirondack Review, The New Plains Review, Underwood Press and others. He is the co-curator of The Guerrilla Lit Reading Series and lives in New York City.

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