I am so pleased to invite David today. He's going to tell us about his incredible publishing year.
1. David, 2010 has been a particularly successful year regarding publications. Would you like to tell us about it?
It's been like an exhilarating river rapids ride! My debut paranormal romance novella, Beauty and the Bastard, published as an ebook by Liquid Silver Books in July 2010, was followed quickly by two offers for my novels: paranormal family saga The Weaverfields Heir at Etopia Press (20th December 2010) and urban fantasy Quarter Square at Carina (27th June 2011). Quarter Square is book one of a series and Carina have optioned to see its sequel, so at the moment I'm juggling the revisions and edits for both novels with writing the next one.
Hm. Well, while I can't claim it's been agonising, I've worked hard and it's been a slow old grind. Events moved fast recently, but I've been working towards this for ten years.
3. Which, of all your work - published or unpublished - do you like best and why?
Gah! That's like asking me to pick a favourite from among my children! Stoppit! :D
LOL - silly question.
4. For me, Saul the Bastard in Beauty and the Bastard was the perfect hero. Do you agree and can you tell us what inspired that story?
Thank you! I like him too. Right from the start I saw him as a strong character whose heroism is greater for the fact that he suffers terribly in secret. The seed of Beauty was its dark tone, which was inspired by the film noir genre. I wanted to write a moody neo-noir story, with a tormented fallen angel and demons who live and work in a mafia-like structure of families. Music was a big help. I ate, drank and breathed Jeffrey Luck Lucas's delicious album What We Whisper the whole time I worked on Beauty.
5. Are you a fast writer and do you meticulously plan your work before you begin?
No, and no. However, I have tried both those methods over the years. Nowadays I've settled on what seems to work best for me - for now at least - which is to outline thoroughly then write the best draft I can, quite slowly, and mark up areas requiring research as I go.
6. When did you decide to be a writer?
When I was thirteen years old. I described the moment of realisation in my first ever paid piece, here: http://fmwriters.com/
7. Which of your published works would make a good film? Who do you see as playing the main parts?
This one is easy. The Weaverfields Heir as a very visual story. While I was writing it played like a movie in my mind, and one of my first readers says it had the same effect on her.
I'd love to see Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet and Johnny Depp playing the main characters. (Hey, why not shoot for the stars? :) Absolutely - only the best for David. Have you told them yet?
8. What advice would you give to a person who is starting out on a writing career (apart from write, write, write, of course)?
Don't try to do it alone. Writing itself is a solitary occupation, but the trade and the business are best learned inside good writing communities. I've tried several online communities over the years, and the three I've settled in - Forward Motion, Litopia, and Romance Divas - have helped me immeasurably.
Thank you so much David, it's been a great pleasure hearing about your experiences which I hope will help all authors, new and experienced alike.
If you have any questions you'd like to ask David I'm sure he'll be pleased to answer them here in the comments.
Links for buying the books:
link for Amazon UK Kindle version http://www.amazon.co.uk/Beauty-And-The-Bastard/dp/B004D9FX6A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&m=A3TVV12T0I6NSM&s=digital-text&qid=1290673607&sr=1-1
link for Amazon.com Kindle version http://www.amazon.com/Beauty-
And-The-Bastard-ebook/dp/ B004D9FX6A/ref=sr_1_1?s=books& ie=UTF8&qid=1290447232&sr=1-1