About DB Rook:
DB Rook lives in the North of England with his wife and two beautiful children. He is a drummer, a gamer, and a dreamer who loves to spend time in other worlds, as well as this one. He has spent recent years working in the charity sector whilst occasionally visiting the Wayward World to stretch his legs and feed his soul.
What inspires you to write?
I guess first and foremost to escape, or at least accentuate the world. I love the puzzle of efficiently portraying a sense of belonging to a fictional place and time using a string of words.
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
My list has grown significantly since starting my author journey. My roots are firmly entangled around the likes of Robin Hobb and Raymond E Feist but my tastes have gradually reached towards Anthony Ryan, Joe Abercrombie and Jay Kristoff as I have become longer in the tooth.
Tell us about your writing process.
Outlining happens over long periods of time in my head. Scraps of disjointed notes and random phrases exist long before I start the story. Then, when the time is right I attempt to sculpt them all into cohesion with a little help from the characters themselves.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I try very hard to breathe comprehensive life into my characters. So much so that they are able to stop me in mid flow and say "Woah now! I would never say that!" I often give them rough lookalikes from the movie world just so I feel I can see them speak and watch for nuances or potential habits etc.
What advice would you give other writers?
Its an oldie but a goodie. Write what you want to read. I think it's important to be open to new influences and be able to absorb new ways of working but mimicry can only get you so far.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
It was tough at first to choose a path but the main two factors were, keeping the rights to my world and story. this leaned towards self publishing and then the second factor is that it's very hard to promote a brand without having your first piece on the game board, so to speak. Im not ruling our trad publishing but I'm happy furnishing my nest as I like it, for now.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
the traditional route certainly seems to be crumbling a little as far as I can see. unfortunately it seems very much like the music industry. It's not so hard to get your book out there these days so the market is somewhat saturated. I'm not saying there aren't millions of great books out there, just that not everybody wants to wade through them to find what they are looking for. I think there needs to be some strategic thinking from way above my head.
What genres do you write?: fantasy, dark fantasy, dystopian, steam punk, horror, urban
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print
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