Born and raised in Lewiston Maine, Daniel spent much of his teen years reading books both for school and for pleasure. If you couldn’t find Daniel, he was hiding in a quiet place reading. His love of reading didn’t stop when he joined the Army and spent his time at Fort Ord California. After a few years back in Lewiston, Daniel got the urge to travel and found himself making a home in Phoenix Arizona for the next 18 years. After tiring of the big city, Daniel made his way east and ended up in Sweeny, Texas. With so little to do in such a small town, he found the urge to write something other than professional letters. The story of Jason just seemed to flow from his imagination and the story unfolded.
What inspires you to write?
I have always had a vivid imagination as a child and that has carried on through adulthood. When I read a book, I not only read the words, but I visualize the settings within the book. It’s like creating my own movie in my head that I watch. I wanted to be the one creating a world for others to see. A world not filled with violence and darkness, but also a world that was somewhat realistic.
Tell us about your writing process
I write by the seat of my pants. The Jason Stone series started when I was unemployed. It was something to fill the spaces between my job searching. The story started to flow the moment I sat down at my computer. I was well past 150,000 words when I realized what I had written was much too large for one book. I went back and reviewed what I had written and found a spot that would make a great cliff-hanger and I split the book. As I then looked at my new book 2, I realized I had created a second cliff-hanger and ended that book and began the third.
I decided to start looking at marketing options at that point, and through various websites, I learned about the different way to write a book. Outlining seemed to be the way many authors went, so I decided to try that… But I knew from the start that outlining was not something that I was very good at in the past, so when I tried to do it, it just didn’t work for me.
I decided to just track where I was going with the story by creating a calendar I created in an Excel type of spreadsheet and jotting down the major events that I wrote about. I also had a cheat sheet that listed the characters and the details of who they are and how they fit into the story.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I knew my characters quite well and would frequently listen to them converse with each other. It was very easy for me to relate to my characters, and easily felt what they were feeling.
I had written an entire chapter, and that night had the main character tell me that I took the story in the wrong direction. I trashed the entire chapter and moved on.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I went the traditional route of seeking out an agent, but I also went direct and sought out a publisher at the same time. It wasn’t until I was on the third book that I decided to find out what was involved with getting my book published, and I will admit that I came close to giving up many many times. The information out there is depressing. There are so many written books and good authors out there looking to do the same thing I was looking to do and I worried that my story might not be chosen. That’s when I decided to just do it myself. I still send out submissions to both agents and publishers. My books are published through Lulu.com and I listed them on Barns & Noble, Amazon.com, Goodreads.com, etc…
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I believe there are people out there who still love the feeling of having a physical book in their hands, but I also know there are many who would rather read a book on their computer or some other electronic device. I am certainly not in a position to speculate whether real books will be around for years to come… But personally, I hope there will always be books in print!
What genres do you write?
Teen, Young Adult
What formats are your books in?