About David N. Sebastian:
David N. Sebastian is a pseudonym comprised of the names of my children. I grew up loving The Hobbit and Lord of The Rings. And I’ve read all of the Harry Potter series and watched the movie series countless times with my son David. Writing the destiny is an adventure series is a dream come true. I hope it will inspire children everywhere to have faith in themselves and their abilities. You are your own greatest advocate. All you have to do is believe in yourself and you’ll achieve great things.
What inspires you to write?
I enjoy using my imagination to weave stories that take readers to another place and time. My day job is incredibly stressful and writing is an escape and way to relax.
Tell us about your writing process.
Writing teen fantasy fiction in an fictitious world with all manner of beasts, magic and mystery takes a lot of plotting. My method is rather straight forward. I first follow Michael Hauge’s 12 principles of a good story to flesh out my main characters, their story arc and the secondary characters. Then I create a Word document and write chapter names that embody what I hope to achieve in each chapter. Once I know the basic plot, I begin to write a few paragraphs in each chapter to lay out more details – focusing on the who, what, when, where and why of the chapter. I’ll consider whose point of view the chapter should be written from (keeping in mind who has the most to lose) and I’ll so ensure I’m thinking about all of the senses – sight, smell, touch, taste and sound.
Once that is done I start writing and generally write from beginning to end. However, if I get stuck or have writers block, I allow myself the freedom to skip chapters.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Of course! Doesn’t every writer do that? There are many times when I want the character to do one thing, but then they have a will of their own and move the story in a direction I wasn’t anticipating or planning. Those are often the best moments of writing a story – when the character’s will is so strong that it simply takes over.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write for yourself and write what you love to read. Whether or not a reader enjoys any particular book is purely subjective. Writers will never be able to please every single reader – maybe not even a ‘majority’ of readers. So don’t worry about whether or not others will love your book. Write a book that you love and the rest will fall into place.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My day job is quite demanding and I really don’t have the time and energy to seek out an agent or publisher. So I decided to invest in a professional editor and self-publish. I’m published in other genres so I felt confident that my book would appeal to many readers.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think we’ll continue to see an increase in ebook, but I doubt paperbacks or hard cover books will disappear entirely. Many people still enjoy the feel of a book in their hands. And I wouldn’t want it any other way. However, I think we will see a continued trend toward programs like “KindleUnlimited” which is the equivalent of NetFlix in the movie industry. Ebooks are fabulous because the time frame to publication is a fraction of that for paperbacks.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Action & Adventure, Romance (under a different pseudonym)
What formats are your books in?: eBook
David N. Sebastian Home Page Link
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