Q. Hello Daniel, thank you for your time in taking this interview. Can I start by asking why you decided to write your first book?
A. It was trapped in my head. I had to let it out. If not it would have eaten my brain.
Q. How long have you been writing?
A. On and off my whole life. However, for that past two years, I have nearly written every day.
Q. How long did it take you to write this book?
A. It took a year. I work full time so I would write at odd hours.
Q. What do you use to write your books?
A. I start with a pen and notebook. Will fester in there for a bit then move on to a PC. Also, I drink a lot while I write, mainly wine and beer.
Q. What problems did you encounter?
A. Whenever I would get stuck I’d get pretty lit on vodka or rum. That seemed to always get the cogs turning. Oh yeah, I’d blast Led Zeppelin.
Q. How do you think you’ve evolved as a writer since you’ve started?
A. I’ve learned how to give each character their own voice. I write up a lot of backstory for all the characters. Small details that may never make it into the actual work. This makes each person more real, more unique.
Q. Is there anything you wished you’d known when you started writing?
A. That grammar doesn’t matter. That can be fixed. Just focus on the story.
Q. Do you structure your plots or just go with the flow?
A. I always know where the story is going to end up. It is the small details I may make up as I go along.
Q. Do you work on a set amount of words per day or does it change?
A. No, I cannot do it that way. I get too crazy about hitting the mark. I just work on scenes.
Q. Do you do a lot of research when writing a book?
A. Yes, if it is needed. I will find an expert in regards to the topic I need information on. I will then run the scene by them. Tell them what I need to accomplish in it. I will have them ensure that it is being written in a way that it would occur in real life.
Q. How would you describe your writing process?
A. Organized, methodical, and intoxicated. After I get out of the notebook and into the PC I may spend days on a couple lines. When I am done a chapter I print it off, reread it, and then write it again.
Q. What time of the day do you find is best to write?
A. I prefer during the daytime, I’m not exhausted. But due to my life situation, I normally write very late at night.
Q. Where do you draw your inspiration from?
A. Real life. I’ve had a pretty crazy life so far, and have befriended many interesting people. I use all of that to churn up what I feel are some fun ideas to write about.
Q. What draws you to this genre?
A. Because it is real or at least plausible that it could happen. I’m not able to suspended reality inside my head to write science fiction books. I enjoy writing scenes, stories that could have or have occurred in real life. Many of the things I have written have a lot of truth to them.
Q. Have you ever tried to write other genres?
A. Yes, I have. Science fiction fantasy type pieces. It did not go well. My kung fu is weak in those areas.
Q. Which author/book would compare yours too?
A. I think such a question is best left up to people who have read my work.
Q. Can you relate to any of your own stories?
A. Almost every part of my writing has an anchor in my life. The opening scene in my short piece Broken is exactly how it happened in real life. You’ll haft to read it to find out more details.
Q. How many books have you written?
A. Three, but only published one.
Q. Have you ever written in collaboration with another author?
A. No, and I have no desire to.
Q. Who designed your front cover?
A. Haha. I do, that is why they suck. I’m trying to avoid the money pit that is self-publishing.
Q. Who was the first person you showed your novel too?
A. My wife. But then to an ex-girlfriend. Figured the scorn would motivate her to be honest.
Q. How do you market your books?
A. Poorly. I have no illusions that I’m going to make it big in this whole game. Just keeping it all organic.
Q. How do you deal with bad reviews?
A. Hmmm? I feel bad that they don’t understand they just read something really good.
Q. How much time do you devote to marketing your books?
A. Little. I do the twitter thing a bit. Really my using EBOOKBUMP is my first real attempt at marketing. Like I said before, just keeping it organic.
Q. How do you get your book reviews/reviewed?
A. Just wait for people to leave them on Amazon.
Q. Do you do all your own proofreading and editing?
A. Hell no. That is the one thing I spend money on when it comes to this whole mess.
Q. How and where are you publishing this book?
A. Just on Amazon for now. Back in the day, I would send work out to small magazines. But I never really cared for that or their opinions on my work. Years ago a small magazine wanted to publish a short story of mine but wanted the ending changed. Screw that noise.
Q. What are the main benefits of being an independent author?
A. I can tell people to go to hell. This whole show is mine. Even with Amazon, if I get sick with their games I’ll just take my book down. I don’t care about being famous or rich, just telling the story the way I want to.
Q. What are you reading at the moment? Which book do you have by your bed?
A. A detailed history of ancient Japanese culture, Lawrence of Arabia’s book the Seven Pillars of Wisdom, and Neil Degrasse Tyson’s Astrophysics for People in a Hurry.
Q. Who is your favourite author/book?
A. Hemingway, his short story The Killers is perfection.
Q. What is your favourite quote from a book?
A. Just read Fight Club, it is full of amazing quotes.
Q. What is your favourite book to film adaptation?
A. The Thin Red Line
Q. Where are your favourite places to read?
A. In the car. I like being alone, the solitude.
Q. What books do you read to your children?
A. A lot of Doctor Seuss.
Q. When you read do you prefer a book or a Kindle/tablet?
A. A book, but still feel free to enjoy my book on your Kindle or tablet.
Q. Do you have any tips for aspiring authors?
A. Ignore the self-doubt and write every day. Oh yeah, just do it for yourself.
Q. What’s coming next?
A. That is a secret. But, the next one even walks the line that much closer to my real life experiences and fiction