David L. Cox

Biography

An avid Fly fisherman, and backpacker, I spent 14 years as a volunteer National Ski Patrolman, and was the USA Intermountain Division First Aid Adviser. During my business career, I wrote technical articles for several electronics trade journals and later decided to try writing fiction. 'Secret of the First Immortals' was my debut novel, and I sold it to a publisher (Adventure Books Publishing) that went out of business before it made it to print.

However, the editors provided a lot of encouragement to new authors and I learned a bit about what it takes to produce and mass market a book. After the rights reverted to me, I decided to try self-publishing the work as an eBook and I am presently writing a sequel.

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I started a blog on Opera.com after I retired from the world of Hi-Tech, and it became fairly popular because I examined issues of some importance to the readers and offered solutions in a few cases. I also wanted to build on my experience in writing a few technical articles that were published in trade journals. This led to taking a shot at writing fiction in the form of short stories that I included in my blog posts from time to time, and finally, my debut novel, "Secret of the First Immortals".
I submitted this work to a number of publishers and signed a contract with Adventure Books Publishing. Unfortunately, they went out of business before it got published, so I decided to self-publish and see what happened.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I enjoy losing myself in the story, and attempting to write literature instead of dreck. I'm not sure if I have succeeded, but it is fun to keep trying.
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Where to find David L. Cox online


Books

Smog and the Salv and other stories
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 27,870. Language: English. Published: August 16, 2011. Category: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
A few short stories from the American High Desert country, Fast-paced and wide ranging tales full of accurate scientific speculation and action adventure with a dash of humor. By the author of the novel "Secret of the First Immortals", the stories are quirky, uplifting, and a great read on the beach or that long flight home.
Secret of the First Immortals
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 110,930. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(5.00)
Secret of the First Immortals is an Adventure novel based on leading edge science that engages the reader from the very first page. James Leigh, a talented engineer, travels to Mexico for a fishing vacation, and the fishing boat's owner invites Leigh to his hacienda for dinner. There, Leigh notices an ancient stone with strange engravings that leads him on a quest for ancient secrets.