David DeRosa

Biography

About the author

Storytelling has always been among my favorite pastimes. Movies, Stage plays, songs and fairytales; I love 'em all. To be wrapped in the pages of a fantasy adventure is inarguably among the greatest mind trips one can take, and all that's needed is a good book and a light to read by.

Fiction has a special attraction as the mind sees and feels and lives with the characters through all of their passions and exploits. How can one truly ride on the wings of a dragon except in a fairytale? How better to travel through space and time than in the comfort of an overstuffed chair?

Fantasy, of course, is my personal favorite. The only things that are real are the only things that really matter; how people think, how we feel, how we cope when life spirals out of our control. We have heroes to inspire, villains to hate, and breathtaking scenes that can only be imagined.

It isn't the stories so much as the characters that involve me. By learning about them I might learn something of myself. That's what great storytelling really is; exploring foreign ideas and strange beliefs in the safety of familiar surroundings. And, the best stories will force us to think. That's a good thing when so often reality discourages it.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Island Heights is a little town near the coast of New Jersey. I was raised there. It's located on The Toms River with lots of sailboats and pirate stories. I write about pirate adventures and things I imagined as a kid. The songs I write are about the experiences I've had wherever I've lived, and I started writing songs in that little town.
As for growing up... My wife maintains that I haven't. She says I just got bigger. She maybe could be right.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing songs as a teenager. I played guitar and sang them for anyone who would listen. Before that I enjoyed the stories we were given to write in grade school. For me it was easier than the reading assignments. I was dyslexic before that word was used alot, so the reading came hard and I didn't know why. I just didn't like it. I couldn't do it as well as other kids, but I always got good marks for creativity.
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Books

The Orphaned Princess
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 105,820. Language: English. Published: May 17, 2010. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
Two children (Theo and Kynthia) on a journey to become the heroes of prophecy, find that even characters out of a legend need help to become heroes. Out of a land ruled by a tyrant, they are propelled toward a destiny that has been predicted. Predictions, however, are a funny thing. They never unfold quite the way you’d expect.
Jake (Going Home)
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 95,150. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2010. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(5.00)
Jake’s life is a merry jaunt around a militant mindset of misusing impossible science. He’s a seven thousand year old teenager, an extraterrestrial marooned since the Bronze Age, waiting patiently for us to advance in science and social graces. He needs a way back to the stars but he won't risk giving us anything too dangerous. That is, until he loses the formula to manipulate time.
Anaxiunara (One Brief Eternity)
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 157,760. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2010. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(5.00)
An ancient dragon, immensely powerful but a solitary being, chooses a world to raise her brood; a world where humans live. Drawn to their passions, their struggles, their bravery, they possess a curious magic she has never known. At a time and place where pirates rule, Anaxiunara discovers, in one brief eternity, the magic of love.

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Smashwords book reviews by David DeRosa

  • Smashwords Style Guide on Jan. 11, 2010
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    Not only did did the Style Guide make it possible for me to publish an ebook, it gave more info in a few pages, about MS Word, than anything I've read from Microsoft. Thank you for making this available for free.
  • A Lazy Man's Guide to Success on May 17, 2010
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    A Lazy Man’s Guide to Success is an inspiring, eloquent, and thoroughly enjoyable look at the things that separate us from our life’s satisfactions. Bill O’Hanlon’s humorous way of pointing out the obvious should be required reading for anyone who has ever made an excuse for failure rather than examining the explanations for it. Too many of us go through life remembering that we wanted to be, or to do, or to have..., and never look closely at the reasons we didn’t. The recipe for success is laid out in simple words; passion, pursuit, persistence. And, his approach is both engaging and motivating. On a personal note: I too am a wannabe songwriter, Bill. And, while I’ve got loads of excuses for my failure in this, I am inspired to try again. I’m looking forward to possibly hearing one of your songs.
  • The Self-Publishing Manual, Volume 1 on May 19, 2010
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    Not just about self-publishing, this is an eye-opening overview of the publishing industry. It's a good place to start for anyone interested in learning the business. Geared mainly for the non-fiction writer, it also holds many useful gems to dispel the fantasy that we fiction writers too often carry into our first attempts at publishing. Highly recommended.