With his character-driven dark fantasy series Empire of Ruin, or urban fantasy noir Nick Holleran, David takes readers on emotional, action-packed thrill rides.
hailing from the north-west of England, David now lives in County Galway on the west coast of Ireland with his wife and train-obsessed son.
When not writing, David can be found wondering why he chooses to live in places where it constantly rains.
What inspires you to write?
Other brilliant writing, and other writers in general, really give me the buzz to get some words down. On top of that, just writing things I'd like to read myself. I love writing, and I love reading, so it's perfect for me. Plus, I want something to show my son when he's older!
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
Robert Jordan, Dan Simmons, Joe Abercrombie, Anna Smith Spark, Justin Lee Anderson.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am a planster. So I do very loose outlines with goals in mind, and work towards them! That said, I do outline and plan the characters on character cards on my computer. That's the start and most things build out from there!
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
It's a 50/50 relationship! I have their backgrounds and personalities designed, plus their start and end points. From there, they will tell me things they want to do along the wide path I've set out for them.
What advice would you give other writers?
Get writing! I spent so many years giving myself excuses not to write, or telling myself I couldn't do it. So sit down and write the thing, and make sure you show it to people – feedback and crit is invaluable.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I went with a small indie-press with mine as I need the validation of someone else saying, "Yes, this is good enough to publish"! 😉 Plus, I started out without much of a plan so had no money set aside for a cover designer, a formatter, an editor and so on.
I don't think there's a right way anymore. Self-publishing is completely viable and many have superb success that way. It's whatever suits the writer and their means.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think the rise of self-publishing and small indie presses are giving voice to new and diverse writers with fresh ideas and takes, and that's only a good thing.
What genres do you write?: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Horror
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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