Norm Goldman Publisher & Editor of Bookpleasures.com is pleased
to have once again as our guest, Dr. David Gelber author of
ITP: FUTURE HOPE and his second novel, Joshua
and Aaron: ITP Book Two.
Good day David and thanks again for participating in another interview
Joshua and Aaron: ITP Book Two is you second novel, did you find it easier or more difficult to write than the first one?
second installment in the series was a bit easier to write. The
character of Joshua Smith has been floating around in my head for
years, well before I started my first novel, Future Hope. The
basic plot of Joshua and Aaron was easier to work out, although
some of the details changed as my writing progressed. I finished
writing the first draft of Joshua and Aaron in about eight months,
while Future Hope took about eighteen months.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated, particularly Christian science fiction?
interest in writing started in high school and I considered a
creative writing/English major in college. But, I decided to take the
easy way out and became a surgeon instead. The Christian science
fiction genre grew out of my premise for Future Hope. That book
looks at our world in a future time when man has become “like God”
as Satan promised in the Garden of Eden. This future world is
contrasted with God’s perfect world as seen in Eden. I wanted to
include the biblical themes, but also needed to create an Earth where
humanity has solved most of our present day problems. Thus, the
stories have to be futuristic with science fiction
How do you approach the work of writing?
I work out the plot line in my head and then figure out what
characters are needed to carry the story. The hardest part is getting
it down on paper and then making sure it all fits and flows properly.
Rewriting and editing take longer than the first draft.
In ten years, do you believe you still be writing Christian science fiction?
hope I’m still writing. I have story lines worked out for at least
two more installments of the ITP Series. I’ve barely started the
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
was surprised that I could create a coherent story that people
actually like. After “Future Hope” was released I had people
asking me almost daily when I was going to finish the sequel. Of
course, now the sequel is finished and I have to move on to thenext
Do you ever suffer from writer's block? If so, what do you do about it?
haven’t had severe writer’s block; having I had no idea what to
write. Sometimes I have trouble figuring out exactly how to approach
a certain plot element or character. For instance, the character of
Coryllos in Joshua and Aaron was very difficult to get exactly
the way I wanted. In the book he is primarily cold-blooded and
efficient, but I tried to demonstrate some complex motivations to his
actions and his sense of pride coupled with grief. I did a lot of
rewriting with him. I’m still not sure I got him exactly right.
Usually, if I’ve reached a difficult passage I will try to put
something down on paper and then go back and revise it.
What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good science fiction writing?
science fiction should have some plausibility based on existing
science or at least be explainable. In “Joshua and Aaron” I have
been criticized by some reviewers for making parts unbelievable.
However, the parts that they have criticized actually make perfect
sense in the context of the two books together. Those that were
critical had only read “Joshua and Aaron”, not “Future Hope”.
If they had read the first book their criticism would have melted
If you had a choice, which science fiction writer would you like to emulate and why?
David: I’ve always liked Isaac Asimov. He did a good job speculating on the future and his stories always kept my attention.
Where can our readers find out more about your novels?
David: Readers can go to my website http://www.davidgelber.com. There is more about both books and a link To My Blog.The blog has a number of entertaining articles about healthcare, surgery and other topics of interest. Also, my books can be found at most online retailers, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc. and can be ordered in most book stores. E-book versions also are available. Kindle version is on Amazon for both books and versions for other e-readers also are available. I will be making all the e-books available from my website within the next month or so.
What is next for David Gelber and is there anything else you wish to add that we have not covered?
working on a book about surgery. This will be some of my blog posts
and some original articles which delve into aspects of surgery from a
busy surgeons perspective, with some philosophy and a lot of
information that is not generally available to non-medical people.
I’m also trying to finish “Little Bit’s Story”, which is
being posted a chapter at time on my website. Little Bit is the dog
in both of my books. And, ITP Book Three still looms on the
Thanks once again and good luck with all of your