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David M.

Location:

Orlando, FL

Member since:

May 17, 2011

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Who are some of your favorite writers? Or the last book you have read?

My favorite writer is Terry Pratchett. There are few books that when, after reading the last word, I sigh and think, that was wonderful. Most of these were written by Sir Terry Pratchett. He has a unique ability to deal with heavy subjects in a lighthearted tone that has the reader smiling with every turn of a page. I find this combination of insight and humor extremely appealing and no one does it better than Pratchett.

What would you like to improve with your writing?

I would like to be able to focus on the writing and not be concerned about promotion and sales. This is why I have decided to pursue traditional publication for my future novels.

What genres do you tend to write? For example, paranormal romance, hard science fiction, etc.

The books I love to read most make me smile and they make me think. They follow the actions of admirable characters doing admirable things. I feel the world needs more stories like these and it is my goal to provide some. As far as categorizing my work in terms of genre, it would be considered speculative fiction because the settings are someplace other than the “real” world. Other than that, it could be labeled as science fiction, fantasy, young adult, or literary fiction. My 'Warden' books could be seen as science fiction parodies of fantasy adventure novels but the label matters far less than the story being told.

What is the best or worst piece of writing advice you've ever been given?

I followed advice to self publish only e-books rather than try to find an agent or traditional publisher. I think this may have been a mistake. Indie is tough, very tough, and I wouldn't recommend it unless you already have a following for your traditionally published work. I will seek trad publishing for my next book.

When participating in small group discussions, do you more often listen or wait to speak?

I do both but normally end up speaking too much.

Introduction

I am a full time science fiction writer with two self-published books available in paperback and as e-books. I'm currently shopping my third book, a YA oriented novel, to traditional publishers and I'm working on my fourth book, another adult novel.

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