About David Balzarini:
I have a wife and three kids and I love living in suburbia Phoenix. I work in investments during the day/week and have the chance to write at night and on the weekends. Family is important to me, as is my faith and the legacy I leave behind.
What inspires you to write?
I’ve always been a story junkie. Movies, books, even television. I love a good story and I like understanding characters and why they make the choices they do. For me, great entertainment leaves the audience different than they started–somehow the reader/viewer thinks a little differently than they did before. Entertainment with purpose.
My story as a writer began young, at age 9. I had the dream to write a novel and publish it. So writing is a lifelong pursuit for me and it’s more than a hobby or a part-time profession. It’s a passion. I know that long after I’m gone, the words I put in print/digital landscape will remain and my work can be a source of influence and entertainment for people I’ll never meet. It’s a fascinating line of work but also a great responsibility too. The world around me; lives of people I interact with and the stories I hear are great sources of inspiration for new novels, characters. Music is a big part of my life and I derive a great deal from there too.
Tell us about your writing process.
Prepare, prepare prepare. Outline, detail out the synopsis/plot line. I’m not good with character sketches or anything like that. I let my characters tell me who they are and shape themselves, then I have to live with them and their actions, attitudes and beliefs until the novel is over. I always listen to music. It helps me create and stay focused at the same time. I like to keep to a word goal. short. 500 words a day is all I go for. if I can do that, then I’m making progress. Nothing to do before writing, just headphones on and start hitting the keys. (and cut distractions if possible)
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I let them tell the story. My dialogue, narrative is often what the character does, like a movie playing in my head.
What advice would you give other writers?
Keep writing and get feedback from a group, online or in person. Don’t be afraid of being “similar” to other books out there. If you’ve got something truly original, chances are…you really don’t. or you’ve come up with a concept that no one has done for good reason–no one will want it. don’t waste money on your work, especially early on. books don’t get better by throwing lots of money at them and most people out there selling stuff for writers are making far more than the vast majority of indie writers. the reality is work on your books, your craft until you bleed. then keep going. if there’s blood on the floor, then you’re getting somewhere.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Self-publish. This isn’t a question anymore. If you want a legacy deal, then e-pub and when you’re selling lots of books, go find an agent to sell the ancillary rights. That’s all for that.
when to publish? feedback. your readers, if honest, will tell you if you should publish at all. if people are passionate about your work (and really like it) they will want to talk with others that also read your book. even if that means they give away your book to other people without your permission.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Good things are coming. control is going to the writers and readers, not the publishers. that’s good for most people.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Suspense, literary, crime
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print, Audiobook
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