...on the Strange Side.
One of the perks of having someone else publish your books rather than self-publishing, is that you share the umbrella with other interesting authors. This is the second in a series of posts by and about fellow writers whose work has found a home at Solstice Publishing.
Recently, David Mannes and I joined in conversation about his work:
hm. David, could you tell us a little bit about your latest book?
DM. My latest book is called a Walk on the Strange Side. It’s a collection of paranormal/horror stories featuring Pennsylvania county Sheriff Kelly Dane and takes place in a town called Watertown in NC Penn.
hm. What has drawn you to write in this particular genre?
DM. I’ve always been interested in UFOs and the paranormal and have done a lot of reading. I also lived in a haunted house in Connecticut for awhile.
hm. When did you decide you are a writer? What awakened you to your calling?
DM. I knew from an early age that I wanted to be a writer. I was writing stories back in upper elementary school. I have an over active imagination. I also think visually. At one time I wanted to be a comic book writer/artist. I took a couple of creative writing courses in High School. I have written professionally (education material, newspaper articles, scriptwriting). But my goal was always to be a fiction writer. I write in a number of different genres: adventure, sci-fi, espionage, western, contemporary fiction, and horror/paranormal.
hm. Who are the writers that have most influenced your work?
DM. Stephen King, Ian Fleming, Leslie Charteris, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, I could go on…I’m a bookaholic and constantly read a variety of fiction and non-fiction.
hm. What books are you reading right now?
DM. Just finished the new Jack Reacher novel and am now reading the new Stephanie Plum mystery.
hm. What is your favorite book? Why?
DM. That’s a tough one. I don’t know if I have one favourite book. I do go back and re-read the James Bond novels. I also like the old pulps like The Shadow.
hm. Who is your favorite character in your own books?
DM. Damien Wynter, agent for Majic-12, Kelly Dane, Alfred Kingsley and Charlie Buck…three series of characters I write about. Each one is a bit different.
hm. Are you working on any new projects?
DM. Just completed the third Damien Wynter novel Silverdome and am working on the 4th adventure, The Sound of Death. Working on a couple of new Kelly Dane stories. And a couple of mainstream fictional novels.
hm. Do you have a regular writing routine?
DM. Yes, though sometimes my day job interferes. I usually write in the afternoon.
hm. Any advice for new writers?
Keep writing, keep sending out your material. It took me a couple of decades before I got my fiction published.