David enjoys traveling, photography, baking bread, and the Carolina beaches.He has photographed subjects as varied as prehistoric ruins on the islands of Scotland, star trails, sea gulls, and a Native American powwow. David and his wife have traveled widely in the United States and the United Kingdom. During one trip to Scotland, they visited Crathes Castle, the ancestral home of the Burnett family near Aberdeen. In The Reunion, Michael’s journey through England and Scotland allows him to sketch many places they have visited.
David has graduate degrees in psychology and education and previously was Director of Research for the South Carolina Department of Education. He and his wife have two daughters.
His second novel, The Handfasting, will be published in summer, 2013,
What inspires you to write?
I have stories to tell. I love my stories, and I want to share them with others.
Tell us about your writing process.
I know exactly how the book will begin, I know how the book will end, and I have a general outline of major events that will come between these two points. I do not know everything that will occur in the book, and the plot may change, sometimes radically, as I write.
In The Handfasting, the basic conflict experienced by the main character changed when I was almost halfway through the first draft. Part of my enjoyment comes from discovering what my characters are going to do, and I make an effort to allow them to do as they will. I record the story, I do not create it. If I tie myself to a detailed outline, it would be difficult to allow them the freedom to be themselves.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I do not dictate to my characters, I record what they say and do. As a result, I listen to them. I watch them.
Some of my best “writing” occurs between four and five in the morning when I am not fully awake. I will lie in bed and imagine the story. It will be as if I watch a video up to the point to which I have written and then I discover what my characters will do next.
If I anticipate having difficulty with a future twist in the plot, I will imagine what might happen when my characters reach that point in the story. Multiple scenarios may run through my mind, sometimes very different scenarios. Ultimately, one of them will seem “right.”
What advice would you give other writers?
Always have a happy ending! If I want to be depressed, all I have to do is to turn on the evening news. I do not want to be drawn into a story, learn to care about a character, and to have that character suffer in the end. Happy endings may not always occur in “real life,” but I want to find them in the stories that I read.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I self-publish my books. I do not want the hassle of having to find an agent and hope that the agent can find a publisher.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Books will, increasingly, appear in electronic form. Publishers will not disappear, and print will not disappear (I the near future, anyway), but the gates to the internet have been opened, and there is no going back.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Romance, Women’s Fiction
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print