His stories are created from an accumulation of experiences from careers/backgrounds as a physicist, engineer, teacher, artist, video game designer and software developer. He strives to develop stories with sound moral values that will be enlightening as well as entertaining to youths and adults.
In between writing stories and running his own company, Digital Tumult (DigitalTumult.com), Dave enjoys video games, watching internet videos and hanging out with his family.
What inspires you to write?
My wife and son. I have a weird blend of right and left brain activity, and I need to exercise both or I get flustered. My wife new I needed a creative outlet. So, she encouraged me to follow some different paths which included story writing.
My son inspired me because I wanted him to go to bed! He’s actually a great kid. However, he was restless at sleep time, and would regularly take a long time to fall asleep. We did all the classic fairy tales, but I started getting bored. I think he did as well. Eventually, he wanted something with more meat to the story. We tried chapter books, but I wanted to give my own story a shot. He liked it which allowed me to make it episodic. He got to interact as well. He was much more into it then just reading.
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
I grew up reading comic books, so writers like Wolfman, Byrne and Claremont were influential. That is the low end part of my writing, I guess you could say. Comics in general have a good way to set up action/fighting. They have a story that ends in a focus of some showdown. My own writing essentially takes this form.
As for the higher end, I loved Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment. I’ve read it more times than any other book. He has a great way of injecting the search of universal truths into his writings amidst very messy situations. Even though I am nowhere near as smart as him, I am using a similar process to insert themes into my writing.
Tell us about your writing process.
If you knew me, you would know that I get my fingers into many things. So, I like playing with a process to see what I can get out of it. I’m still at this stage where I haven’t perfected a routine or common practice.
I guess, eventually I will use an outline. So, there’s that. However, I don’t even use that consistently. Sometimes, I start with an outline. Sometimes, I build an outline as I go. Sometimes, I use small outlines per chapter or situation. I think that is the fun thing about writing. It is so on your own and non-supervised that you can constantly mess up your sandbox.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Many of my characters are at least a little based in people that I know.
What advice would you give other writers?
Just jump into it! If you worry too much about the other details, you’ll talk yourself out of it. Naiveté gets more done than pessimism or even realism.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I went with the Hybrid model. I think the freedom was the best. I’m a first time author on this upcoming book, and I didn’t see myself fully satisfying a larger book publisher with who I am and what I am trying to do. This way I get to make exactly what I want.
I talked with a few other authors to see what they did, and after talking with them I knew that Indie was best for me. So, it was a fairly quick decision after that. That is my usual process: research then deciding. I’m not a natural decision maker. I usually need to convince myself. After that, I just see where it goes.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Wow, that one is a good question. I think self publishing is here to stay. This sounds bad, but it is almost like a garage sale. People can't get top dollar, but they have something to offer, and there is a chance for success.
I think that people still like to read books. Although, the publishers don't want to print books. It's much easier to just put it in digital format and have people download them. In this case, print matter might shrink like we saw with tangible magazines. So, that is a little sad.
What genres do you write?: Middle Grade, Chapter Books
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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