About D.H. Montgomery:
I am the author of “Karma Dead Ahead”, which is the first book in the Private PSI Detective Mystery Series. I came to fiction writing in a very unusual manner. The story is stranger than many incidents found in most fiction books. D.H. Montgomery is a pen name, based on my more famous second cousin, who wrote “Anne of the Green Gables.” I have a background in math and science and was previously a professor in an engineering college. I have written a number of non-fiction books, but no fiction whatsoever, not even a short story, prior to “Karma Dead Ahead”. By the spring of 2014, I had inexplicably started doing automatic writing and there was poltergeist activity in my home. One day, the entire plot of what would become a 250-page book popped into his mind in a flash. It took five weeks to write it down. After it was finished, a ghost appeared next to my computer in the middle of the night (he has not reappeared since).
What inspires you to write?
I never had any intention of writing fiction, nor even thought it was possible before “Karma Dead Ahead”. As I explained in the bio section, the entire book popped into my mind one day in June 2014. Not every last word, but the characters involved and the plot of the story. It took five weeks to write because I could only type that fast. The creation of the book was surrounded by real-life paranormal events. There are psychics in the book and a tech entrepreneur who practices witchcraft, but no ghosts or other paranormal activity.
Tell us about your writing process.
When I write non-fiction (under another name), I outline extensively, but in a bottom up manner. I take smaller bits and build them up into something bigger. As for fiction, the entire story for my first book occurred to me at once. I am well along in the second book in the Private PSI Detective series and a big chunk of that just popped into my mind one day as well.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don’t talk to or interact with my characters. I am an outside observer watching what they do. It’s as if I am seeing a video of the action that is taking place in the book and I am writing it down as a reporter covering a news story would do.For this reason, it would be very easy to make Karma Dead Ahead into a movie or the beginning of a TV series.
What advice would you give other writers?
There is ten times more work to be done AFTER finishing a book as there was in writing the book.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
“Karma Dead Ahead” is self-published. I have no connections or history in the fiction field, so finding an agent and then getting a publisher to accept it would have been time consuming and I would rather just get it out there. Working with a publisher is not the panacea that many writers think it is. Unless you are one of the top stars, the writer is still responsible for most of the book promotion. If you want to be a success, you have to face you are going to have to do this regardless of how your book is published. Many writers never catch on and just wait for success to come to them. Lot’s of luck with that approach.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Eventually, the book industry will become completely digital. Printed books will become specialty items and be seen as archaic. I myself don’t even own a Kindle, but it’s not necessary to read Kindle books. You can download the Kindle app (takes about a minute and is free) and turn any electronic device into a Kindle. I’ve even read a number of books on my cell phone, although I read more on my laptop. “Karma Dead Ahead” is only in Kindle form at the moment, but it will be printed in paperback.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Detective, Mystery, Suspense, Humor/Satire
What formats are your books in?: eBook
Link To D.H. Montgomery Page On Amazon
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