About David J. West:
David J. West writes dark fantasy and weird westerns because the voices in his head won’t quiet until someone else can hear them. He is a great fan of sword & sorcery, ghosts and lost ruins, so of course he lives in Utah with his wife and children.
What inspires you to write?
I love history and playing with the “What if’s”. So a llot of what I do is my imagination running around the what if this happened and that – especially during era’s that intrigue me, the old west, the dark ages and ancient history. Anything that requires a lot of swords and a time when magic was commonly thought to be right outside your door.
Tell us about your writing process.
I get most of my writing done at night, but I’m trying to get more done during the day when my baby (Athena) is taking her naps. It can be a lot of snatches in the office – which I finally have y dream office!
I tend to have some basic ideas that come from the aether like dreams so with those in mind I just start pansting the rest. I don’t create much in the way of character sketches, I just see what kind of person appears fully formed in my mind and I find out who they are as I write. Sometimes I am very surprised and I hope that happens to the reader as well.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I find myself listening to them all the time as I write dialogue and I very often wonder “Where did that come from”?
I wouldn’t say I interact with them, but I am a bystander and sometimes laugh out loud t things they say or do – because it can be unexpected even for me.
What advice would you give other writers?
Read and write every chance possible – between the two you are forever honing your craft.
For myself I wish I had trusted my gut and started sooner – not mention following my ambitions for projects sooner and I’m the worst at this – FINISH what you start – Get it done!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I started by sending my first novel out to several publishers and I got picked up by my third real try – that’s luck – I was in the right place at the right time. That did give me confidence to start expanding my reach, I sent out a lot of short stories after that and got to a point of saying I can do this myself too. Right now i would call myself a hybrid author in that I am both traditionally and indie published and plan to keep pushing it both ways like that for the immediate future.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Its a tough field to get noticed in (thats’ why I’m here – thanks guys) but if you persevere and network and get smart, along with letting that creativity flow – there is always going to be someone somewhere who is touched by what you do.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Fantasy, Historical, Horror, Science Fiction, Action-Adventure, Western
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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