What made you want to be a writer? I love the solitude of the job and not having to rely on anyone. It’s also not very taxing and as it’s still something I really enjoy, it doesn’t become tedious or boring. It can be stressful and it can stretch into the small hours, but ultimately it’s something that I love to do.
What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general? Forcing myself to write. I write sporadically, I get a lot done when I sit down to write, but I don’t sit down often enough. I have written books in a couple of days before, writing for 16+ hours a day, but that’s often followed by a period of doing nothing for a few days. I struggle to find a healthy balance.
Do you intend to make writing a career? Hopefully I already have. I’m doing okay, and as I don’t have anything else to fall back on, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it continues.
Have you developed a specific writing style? I like to think I have a couple that I can switch between depending on the genre or perspective. I have been working on a new style recently though, which I used in Evergreen and Grastik’s Plastic Princess. I love the idea of following a community rather than a single protagonist. It feels warm and involving to write, being able to delve into the hearts of many and the collective feelings of the whole, and I hope it comes across the same to the reader.
Have you ever had writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it? I try to read as much as possible. I also try to force myself to write. It doesn’t matter what, just as long as it’s something. It tends to get the juices flowing.
Can you share a little of your current work with us? I have a few books on the go. The newest one will be published under my other pen name in the next few weeks. The next David Jester book will probably be a series of flash fiction pieces. After that I have a comedy novel about a hapless vigilante or a horror novel. I’m not sure which I’ll devote my time to finishing first.
Can you tell us about your main character? The main character is the community itself, although I do devote more time to Patrick Ryan, the head of the community, than anyone else. He’s young and has had a bit of a troublesome past, but he is trusted and respected by the others, so he’s the one they turn to when the murders begin.
Who designed the cover? My fiancée designs all my covers. She’s really good. I don’t think I give her enough credit, but she deserves it.
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Genre – Horror
Rating – PG13
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