About David Steven Rappoport:
David Steven Rappoport is the author of two plays produced Off-Broadway, Cave Life and The Upper Depths, and has also written for radio and television. His short story, Leftovers, was a winner of the Mystery Times 2015 competition and is featured in an anthology of winning stories from Buddhapuss Ink. He is a graduate of the MFA Writing program at Goddard College. David lives in Chicago. His website is www.davidstevenrappoport.com.
What inspires you to write?
I enjoy the intellectual challenge of plotting mystery novels.
Tell us about your writing process.
I spend months making very detailed notes covering every aspect of the book. I do this using a word processor. The result is an outline of between 35 and 50 pages, single-spaced. Functionally, the first draft of each novel is this outline. The actual writing usually goes much more quickly than the plot development.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I sometimes feel – as most writers of fiction do – that the characters take over. I had an unusual experience writing my current book, in which some of the characters are historical figures. I was considering using a family member of a famous author as a character, but suddenly had a strong impression this woman didn’t want to be a character in a novel. Communication from beyond the grave or just my overly vivid imagination?
What advice would you give other writers?
Make a thorough study of the literary genre in which you wish to work, and then expect that you’re going to have to write 3-5 books until you turn out a good one. If you’re not willing to spend the years it will take to do this, you’re not serious about writing.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
It was a long process to get to my current publisher. I’m very pleased to be published by Mainly Murder Press.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I suspect that in the future books will only be published electronically – except for very high end specialty editions. I imagine it will be some years until this transition is complete.
What genres do you write?: Mystery
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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