Welcome to Clubhouse Chat page. Those who are not a member won’t be aware the location of the Clubhouse is shrouded in mystery. The only way to visit it is via membership or an invite to the tearoom. Every few days, I’ll be sharing a conversation with all sort of writers and authors at different levels of their writing careers. Over tea and cakes, or maybe a glass of something stronger, I shall be chatting with my guest about their work in progress, or latest book release.
Welcome to the clubhouse tearoom, David. My first question is what would you like to drink as our driver with be returning you to the airport later?
My favourite drink is red wine! Simple enough tastes. It was kind of you to set a car to the airport to pick me up after I flew in from Ireland. I must say the clubhouse is a long way from civilization.
We would disturb the neighbour if we were in a built up area with all our celebrating, don’t you think? Let’s start by asking you when you first begun your writing journey what drew you to your chosen genre?
I do a few different genres, so I’m not sure. I think you can throw “dark” over all of them, though. I’m mainly a fantasy reader, and that’s a genre I love to work in but I was reticent at first. There’s so much worldbuilding involved, I didn’t think I had the skill to handle it. So, I worked myself up to it!
What writing elements do you think is your strongest points, and what would you like to do better?
I’m a massive critic of my own work! I know writing is about self-promotion quite a bit, and I can talk about how a thing has turned out, but I’ll never actually praise it, and take any praise my way grudgingly! So I’d like to do EVERYTHING better. I don’t think you can be the finished article – every bit of feedback and, if you get them, rejections can help. But also, just reading other peoples work – published or not – helps with the improvement.
Tell us a little about latest writing project. Is it a new idea, or one you have been mulling over for some time?
My latest release is my first standalone project, Dead Man Walking. It’s a short-read novelette, though the first of a series. The idea kind of came to me fully formed, really. Being a short-read (about 11k words) I wrote it fairly quickly; something like 4 days for the first draft, and a bit longer for the editing and beta-reading. I like the world I’ve created for it; it’s urban fantasy, and set in a city I created called New Haven, which is close to Portland, Oregon. There’s something about the Pacific Northwest I’ve always found fascinating!
Choosing only five of your favourite authors. Can you list them in order 1 begin the top of your list and say how have they influenced your writing?
JRR Tolkien – his worldbuilding.
Robert Jordan – how he makes every character their own person with goals and motivations. Joe Abercrombie – how he makes his settings breath and feel lived in. Stephen King – Purely his work rate and how he links all his stories. Robin Hobb – how she is able to work a character’s flaws into a story.
Were any of your characters inspired by real people?
Yeah, loads. Quite a few have aspects of my own character in them, but there are many that are other people. Sometimes caricatures of them, both good and bad. Usually they’re just side characters, though. The worst things that happen in my stories occur to the main characters, who are never based on real people if I can help it.
Is there anything about you your readers might be surprised to find out?
I’m ambidextrous. And a black belt in Judo!
What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
I write 6 days a week. An hour so each morning, then a few hours after my son has gone to bed. Saturday’s I write all day, so I get Friday (my “day off”) and Saturday evening free. I need the schedule and deadlines I impose on myself, or I’d fall into Wikipedia and Buzzfeed rabbit holes all too easily, or sneak off to play on my Xbox.
Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?
I probably think I should have. My name is quite boring, and there’s a few of us at this writing lark. To be honest, I didn’t give it any thought, as I never thought I’d get published and it’s too late to change it now! It was a struggle getting Goodreads to let me claim my books!
How do you select the names of your characters? Do you know everything about them before you start writing their story?
I love names, and weird names in particular. And ones with a few syllables, they roll off the tongue better. So I just jot down names I come across and combine them to see what works. It’s a little harder for fantasy – you need something unusual, but nothing too outlandish that’s hard to remember or say. In terms of characters, yes I plan things with them, and write little character cards. I often have a start and end point for my stories, and certain aspects I need to hit, but I enjoy throwing random challenges in front of my characters and see how they overcome them. If they can 😉
How long on average does it take you to write a book or story?
So, the first thing I ever wrote is my crime-thriller novel which is out in March 2021. It’s 84k words, and the first draft took me a year as I didn’t have a schedule and didn’t know what I was doing (it can be argued that I still don’t.)
Since then, I’ve written a 35k novella in 3 weeks, so it’s really about what’s on my list and treating writing like a job. Thankfully, it’s one I enjoy!
Here are my links: Amazon for Dead Man Walking: https://readerlinks.com/l/1416012
My newsletter, where you receive the free short, The Devils of Jersey: https://mailchi.mp/8c735bf4584e/david-green-writer?fbclid=IwAR3IpW8svzE-LZvD8M-WhcQOmJcDxMzbAXWtJRdjs9lSD3B5eyVKTN4wwI4
Thanks for having me over, Paula.
You’re very welcome back at anytime, Dave. Please stay and finish your drink. You’re welcome to look around while you’re here.
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