David R. Beshears

Biography

Award-winning screenwriter and author of science fiction, fantasy and adventure. David's work has been praised by literary professors and by PhDs in science, by fans and by book reviewers around the world.

His miniseries screenplay adaptation of his popular novel "The Shylmahn Migration" won the Pacific Northwest Screenwriting Competition in 2007.

David lives in Washington State. When not writing, he can usually be found on any one of a dozen northwest mountains.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I was in the sixth grade. San Andreas school in Pacifica, California, the late 60s. Our teacher would write all of the day’s assignments on the blackboard, and each table of six students would work together to get through them. When finished, you went to the back of the room where each student had a card, green on one side, red on the other. You turned your card from red to green and spent the rest of the day working on extra credit.

One day I chose to write a short story. The next day, my teacher handed me a theme book. She said from that day forward my only extra credit was to fill that theme book with stories. How cool was that? Every day my extra credit time was spent writing in that theme book.

We moved away about halfway through the sixth grade; never saw that teacher again… or that theme book.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I started reading at a very young age. I vividly remember picking up an old paperback of War of the Worlds. My mother said I was seven, and that sounds about right. What I remember was the great cover. A Martian ship on metal tripod legs. Being that I was only seven, I didn’t get any of Wells’ religious and political philosophizing. To me it was just about a guy wandering the landscape during the alien invasion.

I was about eleven or twelve when I started buying books through Scholastic Book Services at school. A lot of them. That’s where my allowance went. I was drawn to books that took me out of the ordinary. Two that I remember distinctly were “The Ghost of Dibble Hollow” and “The Forgotten Door”.
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Books

The Black Tower - The Complete Series
Price: $3.45 USD. Words: 105,550. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
A team of scientists travels the eighty floors of a strange black tower, where each floor is an alternate world fraught with danger, striving to reach the top floor and the dark force behind the creation of the looming monolith. This novella serial is based on the eleven one hour screenplays of the television miniseries “The Black Tower”.
Khdz
Price: $1.45 USD. Words: 20,100. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
John Smith is the first person ever sent downstairs due to a mix-up in the paperwork. While this is sorted out, he is assigned to work at Hades’ local television station, where he must deal with strange characters and stranger programming. All the more bizarre, he arrived just in time for Founder's Day. dark satire novella adapted from the screenplay "KHDZ" by David R. Beshears
Shipwreck on ShadowWorld
Price: $1.25 USD. Words: 19,410. Language: English. Published: May 13, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Thirteen year old Jim survives a fiery crash landing in the desolate landscape of ShadowWorld, only to come face to face with bizarre aliens, mystifying cultures, and an unforgiving planet as he searches for rescue. First novella in a series of adventures following Jim, future Prince of the Frontier Worlds.
Yesterday's Shadows
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,630. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Short stories was where I started, back when my 6th grade teacher gave me an empty theme book, told me to fill it up. I had turned in a story the day before and she liked it. Most have been lost, particularly those written on my old typewriter, more than a few written with pencil and paper. I did manage to hang onto a couple from way back when. I thought I'd bring some of them out into the light.

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