About Deston J. Munden:
Deston "D.J." Munden is a fantasy and science fiction author, living near the Outerbanks of North Carolina. Somewhere in the vague realm of his late twenties and early thirties, he lives with his brother in a small house in the woods where he taught himself how to imagine and write down worlds with orcs, swords, and magic (and sometimes mutants and spaceships and all the above). When he's not writing, he's playing video games with his best buds, crushing folks as a pretend orc rolling multi-sided dice, eating double his weight in food, trying out new recipes, collecting and wearing samurai or ninja memorabilia and watching as much anime and reading as much manga as possible.
What inspires you to write?
Music, video games, books, history, people, travel. Mostly anything that I come in contact with, I tend to absorb into my writing. There's inspiration everywhere the more you look.
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
Brandon Sanderson, Michael J. Sullivan, Nicholas Eames, Jonathan French, Emmet Moss, Deck Matthews, and Robert Jordan
Tell us about your writing process.
I'm a seats of the pants type writer. For my first draft, I tend to go all in. The first draft to me is getting it out of your head. You have to get the words down before you can do anything. Once that is done, the second draft is me fixing up the mistakes I've made. Every subsequent draft after that is making the draft cleaner and cleaner.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Absolutely. My friend and family thinks I'm nuts (and I might be) when I'm sitting at my computer acting out certain parts that just came to my head. I try to not do it in public at a coffeehouse or something. I feel like that would be bad press.
What advice would you give other writers?
I would tell every writer to start your writing. It's important to be prepared but it's even more important to get started. To me, the biggest hurtle for any writer is getting that first draft completed. Once you get passed that first draft, it's much easier to go through next.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Self published. I would honestly suggest everyone to try to publish with a publisher first however. Don't just jump into self-publishing. You learn a lot just through trying to traditionally publish and you can meet a lot of new people and learn a lot of techniques. From there, you can figure out what works best for you!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I do think that self-publishing is becoming a large staple in the society. Checking out plenty of self-published books in my day, I've learned that there are plenty of avenues out there for success. I think the more it becomes available, the better and better the quality of self-published authors is going to rise. With it, more chances for success.
What genres do you write?: Fantasy and Science Fiction
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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