Forever Child: A Novel of The Future Virtual Book Tour, Author Interview, and Giveaway

Thursday, September 7, 2023


ForeverChild: A Novel of the Future
Written by Mark Lavine
Ages: 13-18 | 315 Pages
Publisher: Mark Lavine (2022) | ISBN-13: 9798218130947

Publisher’s Book Summary: What if you could live hundreds of years – but never age?

In the year 2315 you can live for hundreds of years and never age past eleven. That is, if you’re one of the lucky ones. But the not-so-lucky ones are disturbingly close, and they’re threatening your safety, security, and even your deepest beliefs. Soon, it will be all-out war.

Among a chosen few, life expectancy is now hundreds of years; these are the forever children, and science has found a way to keep them in a nearly endless childhood state. Secure in their giant hives, they have left the outsiders, who must live natural lives, to fend for themselves.

This is the story of Kianno and Seelin, two youths who find themselves trading places in this strange new world, one leading the life of a forever child and the other growing up in the anarchy of the outside world.

Their lives come together in surprising and unexpected ways, as they both become involved in a fierce struggle between the two worlds.

Discover for yourself a future world of eternal childhood, and the nightmares and battles which erupt from this seemingly innocent society.

But the quest for endless youth comes at a cost.

How will Kianno and Seelin survive in this battle for eternal life?

Available for purchase on Amazon, Bookshop, and Barnes and Noble.


Mark Lavine is the author of four novels: Dr. Prozac, ForeverChild, Victimless Crimes, and Windekind. He lives in the mountains of Vermont with his wife, daughter, and their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. He loves to take long hikes through the nearby woods, and to cross-country ski in the winter. The dog likes to join in these adventures, but the dog mostly prefers long naps.

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Life Is What It's Called - What inspired you to write ForeverChild: A Novel of the Future?

Mark Lavine - Science fiction can often be inspired by imagining a world where current social trends are followed to their extreme end-point. Our current society values youth and longevity. What would the world look like if we continued to place more and more value on these features, and if science were to support these ideals? ForeverChild was inspired by my own musings into what such a future might look like.

Life Is What It's Called - What are the main themes that run through this story?

Mark Lavine - Society’s hunger for eternal youth and where that might lead. The ambiguous feelings of wanting to grow up, while at the same time wanting to stay a child. There are many other issues of social engineering, but I’ll leave those to be discovered by the reader. 

Life Is What It's Called - Was there a scene you enjoyed writing the most?

Mark Lavine - The final scene is always very enjoyable to write, because there is so much satisfaction from seeing everything finally come together as I had envisioned. Aside from that, there is a scene early on when one of the boys is caught out in the wilderness during a tremendous earthquake. I was able to draw on my own experiences of being in the 1982 Loma Prieta Quake while walking on the beach only ten miles from the epicenter. When you think of the effects of an earthquake, it’s almost always in relation to the man-made world: buildings swaying and collapsing, stuff falling from shelves, etc. The effects on the natural world can be equally dramatic, but in entirely different ways.

Life Is What It's Called - Have you heard from readers? What do they enjoy the most about ForeverChild: A Novel of the Future?

Mark Lavine - The most common thing I hear is that they enjoyed the read itself, and had a hard time putting it down. That’s important to me, because I strongly believe that a book needs to be captivating and entertaining. That’s the starting point, but it’s an important starting point. Beyond that, many have taken away new thoughts and ideas, and some have become quite emotionally invested in one or more of the characters. Everyone seems to get something different from this book, and that’s a good thing.

Life Is What It's Called - What makes this book stand apart from what's on the market?

Mark Lavine - I believe it addresses certain social issues and questions directly and boldly. It is by no means a ‘safe’ book, and it can be more thought-provoking than much of the science fiction material currently available.

Life Is What It's Called - How is it similar and different from your other books?

Mark Lavine - It is my only science fiction novel, so it is quite different from my other works. Are you working on any new books? What should we expect to see from you next? I am working on a novel which is contemporary, and not science fiction. It involves a prisoner and his escape, so I have had to research some new areas, but I am enjoying working on it and I am excited about its possibilities.


Enter for the chance to win a personalized, signed copy of ForeverChild: A Novel of the Future, one signed poster, and a Kindle Paperwhite!

One (1) grand prize winner receives:
  • A personalized, signed copy of ForeverChild: A Novel of the Future
  • A signed poster
  • A Kindle Paperwhite
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This post is sponsored by Mark Lavine. The review and opinions expressed in this post are based on my personal view.

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