David A. Simpson - Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Fiction Author Tips
ABOUT DAVID A. SIMPSON
People suggest I write a little something about me but it's not that interesting. If you are reading this, it probably means you are a Zombie Road reader, maybe even a fan.
If you're reading this to try to determine whether you should take a chance and spend your hard-earned cash on the book, read the reviews. They are the most honest opinions you can get; I think. Only a few of those reviewers personally know me, the rest are internet strangers and they have no reason to lie.
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Have fun, enjoy life and don't get hit by a bus.
What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?
Hemingway's houses in Cuba and Key West, drank in some of his favorite bars, Poe's house and grave in Virginia. Visited the gravesite of John Pratt, the man who invented the typewriter. Went to Hamelin in Germany where the pied piper story took place. Looked for the Lizard Kings grave site but it was pouring rain and I gave up.
What is the first book that made you cry?
The Outsiders when Dallas died
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
It's exciting but after a day at the keyboard, I'm mentally exhausted.
What are common traps for aspiring writers?
Not finishing the book. Everything else can be learned or will happen on its own.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
When the phone rings...
Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
All of my stories and books are connected. So far.
How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
I read the reviews, I took advice, I tried to do better.
What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?
I don't have a secret book only I know about, most of my favorites are actually pretty popular.
As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
Bigfoot. It would be cool to take him to the bar.
What’s the best way to market your books?
Be active on social media. Make friends. Try everything and keep trying everything. Be unconventional, try guerrilla marketing techniques. (stickers, postcards at rest areas, graffiti, build an art car, blip billboards if you have audiobooks, etc)
How many hours a day do you write?
Six to eight
If you didn’t write, what would you do for work? Or do you work full time?
I've always wanted to be a professional ice cream eater.
What is your favorite childhood book?
Green eggs and ham
What one thing would you give up to become a better writer?
Asparagus. In a heartbeat.
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