About Dean Comyn:
Dean is an expat Canadian who lives in Europe. After working 20+ years in the Entertainment industry, he went on a "5-year hiatus" to teach English abroad. Sixteen years later, he channeled his passion for storytelling into writing thrillers and, more recently stand up comedy. Dean lives in Freiburg, Germany with his wife and son, where he enjoys cycling, nature and ice hockey.
What inspires you to write?
Fear. Science and technology have advanced exponentially in the past 200 years, often with catastrophic results. Despite good intentions, humans have become detrimental to the Earth and our species. I'm fearful of humanity's insatiable desire to make everything "bigger, better, faster". Only in recent generations have we realised that, all too often, we do more harm than good.
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
I've enjoyed reading a variety of genres since I was a kid. As a teen I journeyed with Carlos Castaneda, imagined the future with Isaac Asimov and Phillip K. Dick and lived the life of a spy through thrillers by Ian Fleming and Robert Ludlum. My favourites from the last 20 years would be Yann Martel, Tom Cain, David Baldacci and Dan Brown.
Tell us about your writing process.
I can say I'm a reformed pantser, or maybe a planned pantser. I've learned (forced myself, really) to create an outline before I start writing. However, the outline is often modified by momentary inspiration. Characters develop as I create dialogue. I know how the book will end, more or less, but I don't stop myself from veering in one direction or another along the way to the climax. The denouement is always the last thing to reach the page.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I wouldn't say I speak with them, or they with me, but I do hear their voices in my head when I write dialogue.
What advice would you give other writers?
1. You don't have to be a planner to make a plan. If you're self-publishing, you need to make time to write and publish/promote. Make a schedule and stick to it.
2. Find an experienced editor. It's a good thing to have beta readers and proofreaders, but an editor will make your writing better.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I went the self-publishing route for my first novel, partly because I wasn't sure how to approach a publisher and partly because I lacked the confidence to do it. I also liked the idea of being able to keep more of the royalties. I think I will consider querying when I finish Book Two.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Ebooks have already become the future but I hope readers will always want to have a physical book to read.
What genres do you write?: Currently writing crime thrillers, also planning a coming-of-age story, an action adventure, and a sports story
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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