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To start with, I am a writer. Not just of fiction, but of what I call edgy Christian speculative fiction - in general terms, science fiction/fantasy/horror/supernatural fiction with Christian themes and edgy content, such as sexual themes, language, drug use, and violence. Under normal circumstances, one wouldn't have to mention the fact that they write 'edgy' content, but in this case I do because edgy content usually conflicts with Christian fiction. At least that's been the general consensus among readers of both secular and Christian fiction. I won't even get into the dispute regarding Christian fiction coexisting with science fiction/fantasy.
A good portion of my life is devoted to writing, and in that regard, to self-publishing. Self-publishing is perfect for those who want to take control of their books and get things done on their own timeline and in their own way. It's also perfect for those writing in genres that aren't very popular yet. No matter how hard it is to market a specific book or style of writing, you must stay true to yourself. Let the world know who and what you are, and they'll never forget you. It's when you try to be like everyone and everything else that you get lost in the crowd.
So now you know that I am a self-published author of edgy Christian speculative fiction. But that's not me entirely.
I also love to read. To be a good writer, one must love to read to some degree. My childhood especially was heavily influenced by reading. I remember reading Mark Twain’s work in my youth and falling in love with the characters of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. I remember reading terrific and sometimes horrifying short stories like Edgar Allen Poe's, The Cask of Amontillado and The Pit and the Pendulum, along with James Thurber’s, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. In my senior year of high school I read through the Han Solo trilogy and fell in love with science fiction/fantasy and the Star Wars universe in its entirety. Present day I have an entire shelf full of books that have made their own requests to be read, including Stephen King's Dark Tower series, The Night Angel Trilogy, and a number of graphic novels.
Besides reading, I spend some of my free time in video games. Video games, in my opinion, are an artwork all their own. Combining music, storytelling, animation and voice acting, video games are the epitome of the arts, many talents coming together for entertainment's sake. When I do have time to game, you can usually find me online participating in a round of Half Life 2: Deathmatch, or scouring the world of Tyria for adventure in Guild Wars 2.
If you want to follow me on this adventure called life - particularly the life of a self-published author of edgy Christian speculative fiction - keep tabs on my website - davidnalderman.com - and follow me at my blog - davidnalderman.blogspot.com. I have also taken the time to create a community for readers and writers of edgy Christian speculative fiction to come together to support one another at The Crossover Alliance - thecrossoveralliance.socialgo.com. We'd love to have you over there. And don't hesitate to drop me a line if you have the time. I'd love to hear about your own journey through writing and self-publishing.