Genre: YA Historical Fiction/Fantasy
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We were inspired to write Giant Slayers after Jeff attended a spiritual retreat, where he studied the David and Goliath story in detail. Before the retreat, we didn’t know that much about the tale. Sure, we knew about the sling and the giant and maybe the five stones that David selects to face Goliath. But we didn’t know about the war between two kingdoms and the Battle of Champions that would decide their fate, and we didn’t know about the love story between David and the princess Michal.
After that weekend, we teamed up to bring this tale to life, but we didn’t want to make it into a simple re-hashing of the Old Testament story. We wanted to write a novel that readers, who know nothing about the biblical story, will enjoy, and luckily, this story has it all: young protagonists, an unlikely love story, a war, witches, demons, and a giant. We couldn’t ask for more and we used all of it. While Giant Slayers retells one of the iconic biblical stories, we offer a fresh take on it that we promise will be different from anything else you may have read about it.
About the Authors
Jeff Altabef lives in New York with his wife, two daughters, and Charlie the dog. He spends time volunteering at the writing center in the local community college. After years of being accused of "telling stories," he thought he would make it official. He writes in both the thriller and young adult genres. Fourteenth Colony, a political thriller, is his debut novel. Jeff has a blog designed to encourage writing by those that like telling stories. You can find his blog, The Accidental Writers Workshop, on The Patch. Jeff also rights a column for The Examiner under the byline - The Accidental Writer.
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