A twisted, haunting and enjoyable read that dives deep into the shadowy depths of one man’s mind…
‘Don’t Lose Your Head’ is a literal, metaphorical and symbolic title for a unique story that takes readers down the rabbit hole of conscience and repercussion. -Review By Lee Hall
It is time once again for an author interview, today’s victim…guest is a graphic designer who enjoys writing speculative fiction, author Dave Williams.
On to the interrogation…questions.
Why do you write?
For the joy of it. Reading fiction can cast a spell over me, when I tumble into the world of the book. It’s an escapism that can be more powerful than TV and movies. Many years ago, I wanted to try to craft that kind of magic in stories by writing.
What do you get out of it?
Sometimes I get that joy when writing. It’s a wonderful feeling when writing clicks and the words arrive smoothly. Other times the words arrive slowly, as if falling from an eyedropper and plunking on the computer screen. That leads to frustration. Also, I get pride over a finished story: when the writing and editing are finished, and I’m pleased with the result.
Where do you see it going?
I’ll continue to write stories. I would like to write novels, along with collecting my poems and short stories into books. I’m also working on videos in which I narrate poems/short stories — it’s a neat way for me to experience those pieces.
Is writing what you thought it would be?
Yes. I knew writing would be a solitary practice, and there would be good days and bad days. Although, as a young adult, I never predicted self-publishing would become so convenient. Back then, self-publishing meant paying a printing company to produce copies of your book, and you’d store boxes of them in your garage. Us writers are fortunate that self-publishing is convenient now, so we can package the stories into paperbacks and ebooks and send them into the world. A huge number of books are out there, and if someone chooses one of mine to read? That’s awesome.
What have you found beneficial in writing?
Becoming immersed in stories. Expanding my consideration of what makes other people tick, why they make decisions. I feel that reading and writing fiction are exercising empathy. The more you do them, the stronger your empathy becomes.
What has been a deterrent in your writing experience?
Not writing for several years in my twenties and thirties. I should’ve chosen to include writing into my schedule, even for a short time.
Do you think writing as a career will continue to grow?
I think the number of writers who self-publish will keep growing. Will most of them write as a hobby rather than as an occupation that earns a living for them? I would guess yes. From my reading about the industry, there aren’t enough people buying books to support all the indie writers.
What was an unexpected surprise or experience you had while writing?
Trying different types of writing. I used to think of just short stories and novels as the forms I would write. That changed.
When my daughters were young, I wrote silly poetry with the aim of getting them to laugh. Later, I packaged many of the poems and drawings into a book. I also wrote a children’s book. Working on both projects was really fun.
What was a disappointment or struggle during your writing career?
Those years of not writing. That choice has been a big disappointment for me.
What are you looking forward to going into the upcoming year?
I plan to get back to the novel that I started last year. The first draft is done, but it’s in rough shape and needs a lot of work. I’ll do more research and write more scenes — then go into editing. There will be difficult patches in that journey, but it’ll be satisfying.
Do you have any closing thoughts?
If you have a creative pursuit or want to start one, I encourage you to read Embrace Your Weird: Face Your Fears and Unleash Creativity by Felicia Day. She offers advice on thinking over your expectations, and identifying obstacles in the way of you expressing your creativity. She encourages playfulness. Throughout the book are exercises for readers to explore their creativity.