DAVID SOLAR author of The Next Leap, and the upcoming Leaped into Evil
The Burning Willow Press authors wish to help you celebrate the best month of the year, October. How you may ask? By giving you a different author from the ranks each day with in depth answers to questions that our staff have decided to ask them. Many will be generic, others not so much. Let’s get to know the authors of BWP! Oh, and did we forget to mention… the staff there are all authors too so they have decided to chime in with some answers of their own.
TBK: So first, when did you realize that the voices in your head were telling you to write stories or go mad with all that stuck in your head?
DS: No voices. After 40 years of watching movies and always thinking I could have done it better, I began writing.
TBK: I know many writers who jump in all different genres, so what is your favorite to write?
DS: I have written four books, a political adventure, two sci-fi and a suspense spiritual thriller. I’m not sure, I’m working on another sci-fi sequel maybe the next will be comedy.
TBK: Currently, there are over a million books that I want to read… and some I have in the past I wish I had written myself, do you have any that you read that you thought about and said, I wish I had written that book?
DS: John Carter, The Time Machine, and Journey to the Center of the Earth. Books that took one to places in the mind.
TBK: What is your favorite book not written by you? See that question is not the same as the other one above… to follow up, what was your favorite book that you wrote?
DS: The Lord of the Rings.
My favorite that I wrote is All That Matters, [I’m currently] looking for a publisher for it.
TBK: When the muse is off doing their own thing instead of pushing you to write, albeit by gunpoint at times, what is your favorite time-waster?
DS: Watching Movies.
TBK: What’s the one thing that you must do to get into a writing mood. For me, it is listening to 80’s hair metal.
DS: Clear my mind, listen to music and begin.
TBK: Is editing your story just part of the job or does it literally kill a part of you to “kill your children” as it has been said? What about making revisions?
DS: I’m in favor of it when it makes the read better.
TBK: When you read a book by another author do you ever look at it and criticize it or edit it in your head as the way you would have done it yourself?
DS: Book or movie I always think about how I could have made it better. That’s what got me into writing and it makes me a better writer.
TBK: What would you like to be chiseled into your headstone?
DS: He loved God, family, the U.S.A. and writing books.
TBK: What was your favorite candy to get at Halloween as a kid?
TBK: What is your favorite Halloween ritual? And if you do not do that… what is your favorite Halloween movie?
DS: No ritual, Rocky Horror Picture Show
TBK: Beach, Mountains, Country, City? And follow up… favorite season… just a hint here… you should say Autumn.
DS: Mountains and the Fall
TBK: I know my “To Be Read” list is never ending and grows daily… how is yours? And do you prefer paperbacks or e-books? Notice I did not ask about audio?
DS: I like to touch the pages of a book.
TBK: If you could not be an author then what would you be?
DS: A good man
TBK: What was your childhood ideal job to be as an adult?
TBK: Cats, dogs, both, other?
TBK: Advice in one sentence to a new author who is not published yet?
DS: Have Patience you can’t hurry this business.
TBK: Do your siblings or other family members support your choice to write horror? Fantasy? Erotica… if you do? SCIFI? Other genres?
DS: I don’t think my family cares that much. Maybe if I ever become a best seller writer.
TBK: Do you ever use writing as an excuse to get out of doing things with the family… especially the in-laws?
DS: I have in the past but not I try not to.
TBK: If you had wrote a sex scene in your book, would you be embarrassed to have your mom read it?
DS: My mom has passed but she would have been my number one fan. She would have read it and been honest with me.
TBK: Beta Readers, Proofers, Editors… all are important to produce a better work of literature. So, who would you say is the most important in your team? Or do you not have those in place and are working on that?
DS: They are all important and I look for help to make my work better.
TBK: Book signings? Necessary evil even for the introvert?
DS: They are important and should be done when your schedule allows it.
TBK: What do you have coming out in the next year and who is producing it?
DS: The sequel to The Next Leap titled Leaped into Evil both published by Burning Willow Press. Hopefully All That Matters will also be out next year.
TBK: What is your go to alcoholic beverage of choice?
TBK: In the book, Misery by Stephen King, his main character celebrates the end of the Misery books series by smoking a cigar and drinking a scotch so, how do you celebrate a finished story?
DS: Go to my favorite restaurant and savor a good meal.
TBK: Ideas come from all over. I get mine everywhere… so my question is what was the inspiration for the last (or upcoming) book you released?
DS: I have a general premise and I run with it. My mind just takes over.
TBK: Who would you compare your work to and would love to have them read and give you a review of or even better, a tweet and post about it?
DS: George Noory the voice of radio late night program “Coast to Coast AM”
TBK: Have you ever seen a movie that was better than the book? If so, what was it and why?
DS: Yes. The Lord of the Rings it brought the story and characters to life.
TBK: I cannot live without Chapstick. What is one comfort item that you must have? DS: Air Conditioning
TBK: Do you ever feel that your characters have a mind of their own and change the course of the planned storyline?
DS: My mind dictates the storyline, I’m along for the ride.
TBK: Where can we stalk you at? Instagram, Facebook, Goodreads, Amazon, Twitter, website?