Everyone, please put your hands together for, David Whaley, the Author of “Z: UK.” Okay, David, give us what you got.
“Getting to know you … getting to know all about you …. la, la, la,” So david, Are you a morning person or a night person?
I am most definitely a night owl, a prowler of the night caged between four walls as my creativity peaks. Quite often, I have to sleep with one of my many notepads on the bedside table due to the night time ideas I get. Sometimes, in the morning, these go in the bin and others they go into a specially labelled box file dedicated to the little blighters.
Sounds like the creative force is strong with this one, obi-wan…. What makes you angry? Are you short tempered? How do you overcome your anger?
Generally I am not an angry person and instead of getting angry, small niggly things annoy the hell out of me and it usually builds from there. Saying that, people not listening to me when I’m talking to them gets me quite angry but I wouldn’t say I’m short tempered. Are you listening? To overcome my anger I generally clean and it calms me down but that’s only because there is so much to do half the time.
you seem to have a handle on the anger thing, cleaning, huh? I can see how that would do it. How long have you been writing?
I have been writing casually since 2008 where I was learning to hone my craft. During that time I was also conducting a vast amount of market research but, trust me when I say, I am still learning today. I consider that my writing became professional early 2012 as I started drawing up ideas for different novels, some of which are part completed that I can always come back to at a later date.
it always interests me learn when, how and why they started writing. What do you write?
My dream has always been to have something that I create in print. Of course, the electronic reader is quickly encompassing the market as more and more people download eBooks as opposed to the feel of a tangible page but I maintain – like a toddlers tantrum – I WANT MY BOOK IN PRINT! As for the genre, I write in either horror, or what I would call disaster thriller, and crime fiction but I have a particular fascination with zombies. As for my target audience, I have always looked at my work as being quite broad, young adult and up but I suspect there would be a cap up there somewhere.
I hear you on the incursion of the eReader. I believe strongly we’ll lose something important if we lose the old standard of the printed page. Where do you think you are in your writing career? Where do you want to be?
Despite all of these past years and the fact I have a novel length eBook published, I still think I am on the first rung of the ladder, the very beginning. My goal at the moment is to build my portfolio and I am focussed in doing this activity. Very few people become successful overnight and, as great as that would be, I do believe it takes time and effort to get to such a point to be classed as successful.
I think you’re well on your way, having a realistic view of where you are and where you want to be, and how to get there. What do you like and dislike about writing?
I love the feel of pen on paper and the ideas I come up with whilst writing. In that respect, I also love the stationary aisle in the supermarket. I now have seven empty notepads and more pens to write a lifetime of novels. I don’t like the time it takes me to write a novel, but that is quickly replaced by the satisfaction I feel as I complete each chapter or the pleasure of writing that final word of the book after ninety four thousand words.
ahhh, a kindred spirit. Sometimes, i wish they could bottle the smell of a stationery (translated office supply) store. Do you have a favourite character?
From my own writing? Well, I do enjoy writing about the character in my latest novel, Mack Stone. Mack is my own vigilante character and this book serves to be action packed so much so even I have trouble keeping up with the fight scenes. From Z:UK, my published eBook, I particularly enjoy Leon Saber with his positive outlook even in the most dire of scenarios. I often think Leon is having fun but he is controlled.
Both of these men sound like folks I’d like to sit down to a fireside chat with. Do any of your characters reflect anyone you know?
As per the standard caveat in all novels/novellas/short stories, all characters are purely fictitious and any likeness to those living or dead are purely coincidental. I have been very careful after hearing a term, ‘deformation of character’ that usually applies to brands or businesses but I have tried to avoid doing that with characters as well.
Very wise indeed. If you were to meet one character (from someone else’s writing) or author who would it be and why?
I would very much like to meet Matt Hilton in person, the author of the Joe Hunter series and ten books to date (he has many more books but ten are from that series). Matt very kindly gave me a helping hand when I contacted him in regards to some advice. His words have resonated with me since. I first contacted Matt in 2011 and again in 2014 and both times he spared a few minutes from his very busy schedule to exchange emails with me. On a side note, I would love Joe Hunter and Mack Stone to meet. I feel that their meeting would be beneficial to each other or failing that they could always have a fight. The problem is, I feel that Jared Rington would make an appearance and I know of Joe Hunters past experiences. Mack would have difficulty.
I like that you speak appreciatively of your mentor in the craft. I am grateful to the person who first put the ropes in my hand and showed e how to use them in a writerly way. Talk to us about your cover.
When self-publishing, there is always a cost to getting a professionally designed jacket to the cover even if that book is only being published as an eBook. My cover is actually a photo that was taken in the garden with a small Velcro UK black flag as the centrepiece. You may see some red around the flag, well err, this is ketchup. The photo was taken on my smart phone and using the preinstalled photo editor, I darkened and deepened the colour to how you see the image today. The Title, subtitle and author name was applied using the KDP Amazon publishing tool. Not bad for DIY right?
Not bad indeed. Sometimes, I think we self-published writers have it well over the professionals who perform all of the graphics tasks. I’ve seen some really great things coming from us novices. If writing hadn’t of been the path you chose, what do you think you’d be doing today?
I would be a video game tester. Can you imagine getting paid to sit on your backside all day and enjoy yourself? Yeah, me neither but apparently they do exist. As it happens writing is my video game (when I’m not playing my xbox).
I pretty much do that now, but enjoyment isn’t part of the job description. Is there anything else you’d like the reader to know about you?
Hmmm… Only that I am approachable to emails or contact through any of my social media platforms. However, if I have that magic glass of whiskey with me whilst I am writing, my reply is likely to be delayed or slurred.
I think that we, your readership, can handle those minor anomalies. What was the best thing before sliced bread?
And there you go folks, an interview with more than one dribble of wisdom. Give it up for today’s author, everyone! Thanks for stopping in, david. It’s been great having you. Please do visit again and don’t make us wait too long!
BIO: I still class myself as an ‘aspiring author’ despite the fact I am now published, albeit by way of self-publishing. Z:UK (Self Published 2015) is my greatest milestone to date, a complete finished novel only available on Amazon as an eBook in excess of 90K words. Whilst I would prefer to publish in print, I recognise the importance of getting my name out there and increasing my internet presence. Print can come later, hopefully, with my current project.
My writing career dates back a number of years as early as 2008 whereby I spent those years learning to write and conducting extensive market research into the industry I intended to venture. I strongly believe that I will still learn new things today but I feel I am in a much better position to face this ambition. No need to rush things; with preparedness comes success.
I am still quite young, at heart, and I have a beautiful 3 year old boy who is aging fast. He never fails to amaze me with the new things he learns at nursery or the complete sentences he remembers me saying more than a week prior.
My current writing goals are twofold: I intend to make my internet presence formidable and my second is to complete my latest work in progress.
The UK is victim to a biological terrorist attack that causes many of the British public to die at the hands of its toxin. However, the dead rise again bringing with them terror and anarchy to the streets.
Following the fall of the police service one of the few remaining police officers, Natalie Marshall, must unravel the truth to resolve the crisis, to save the world too late for the UK.
It is a huge weight for one to carry and one hindered by a love interest when Marcus Coombes reappears.
Zombies roam, the living flee. The undead terror, cursed unto thee.
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