Interview with Gabriel Darke

What's the story behind your latest book?
What I did was use my own teen experiences as the background for the John character in this story. I was the guy working in the fields and mucking out cow barns while the other kids were hanging out, going to parties, and generally raising hell. I've always been fascinated by the Beowulf epic, especially the part about Grendel. I wondered if the monster were to actually exist what would be the source of his power and longevity? He would have to have the power of regeneration, and be extremely long-lived. The notion of a film company isolated from regular society and a crazy film producer who discovers the monster then attempts to exploit him was bundled in and the story became what it is.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My lack of success when attempting to become published by mainstream print media. Ebooks are an accessible and cheap alternative. I think I've grown as an author by having my work in the public eye and available for the general public to purchase if they wish. Recognition is hard come by, and is something I'm not very good at generating. I hope this way to become noticed and to generate a following.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
So far Smashwords hasn't done a great deal for me other than to supply a forum for my work, for which I am most certainly grateful. I realize that I am responsible to generate the buzz needed for successful marketing. This is what I must strive more to do.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy for me is in creating a block of text that flows, then another and another. For me, since I've been hardly earning any money for my work so far, at the least I have the sense that I'm creating something that is above ordinary. That is what I strive for. I would write even if no one ever bought my work, but I don't want either to generate trash that no one would ever want to read.
What do your fans mean to you?
When I have some, then I'll know. Anyone in the arts has to appreciate their fans from whom they derive their fame and livelihood. For me, at present, this is but a fantasy.
What are you working on next?
I am currently working on a new draft of Joe Calico in the Game: The Apprentice. The weakest aspect of my writing is my editing skills, which I think the current version of JCITG illustrates. I've been working hard to overcome this deficiency, and Grendel shows how far I've progressed. I'm trying for as much perfection as is possible for me to achieve and I think I'm nearly there at last.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors are Michael Connelly and John Grisham for the ease in which they construct a story and keep the reader invested. They create 'popcorn for the eyes'. I cherish Patrick O'Brien for his craft, pathos and subtle humour, and the attention to detail, which is remarkable. Stephen King time and again amazes me. David Weber has no equal for his depictions of space warfare but tends to be longwinded and repetitive. John Ringo's Posleen saga, especially the first three books in the series, are fantastic reads.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Well, I rarely sleep in, in any case. Mostly the time before I sweep off the covers is for reflection. I think about what ought to happen next, if I'm writing a new novel, or what might be better if I'm redrafting. I've always got some project that I'm working on, or thinking about the next.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm an avid reader, a movie fan, and I at least try to do an appropriate amount of exercise and go out and about. I wish I was closer to my family, but I'm not.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I've yet to read an ebook beginning to end. I used to visit the Baen Books site and read the sample chapters of upcoming novels, but I haven't done that for a while. I guess one could say I'm a slave to print.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
My first story was The Porcupine, which was about two brothers who discover and decide to torment a porcupine and experience dire consequences. My first novel was Metal Hearts.
What is your writing process?
Generally I need quiet, especially if I'm muddling my way through something new, although I don't mind distraction if I'm editing and the editing is turning out well. Whenever I start a new piece I know the beginning and the end, though the end is also malleable. Then as I'm writing I routinely backtrack, go back to the start of what I've written so far that session and edit or change. I try to be as logical as I can.
When did you first start writing?
I first starting writing in my mid-teens, but there was an interval from then until my late twenties when I didn't write at all. From that point on I've been pretty consistent, completing a novel or two a year.
Published 2014-03-19.
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Books by This Author

Price: $1.25 USD. Words: 130,940. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
John is a young man anxious for change. Circumstances strand him in the middle of a region where a great many disappearances have taken place. Robbed and made to feel a fool he must find it in himself to rise above his situation or return to a life of virtual slavery and abuse. Along the way he must joust with pretty girls, ghosts and monsters. The rewards are many, but only if he survives.
Metal Hearts
Price: Free! Words: 286,700. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
A survey mission has as its goal to find a long lost wreck, with the intent to plunder what might remain of its secrets. Left with a minimal crew Julie Calvert has a lot to do and to prove, and she is equal to the challenge, or thinks she is. What the crew of the Polyphemus does not realize is that while they are looking for the mysterious something, the something is looking right back at them.
Joe Calico in the Game: the Apprentice
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 229,070. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Samantha Meyer has just joined the best wetworks team in the galaxy. Her job is simple: make the bad guys dead. The fact she has an enormous crush on another team member is a one-way, secret sort of thing, or it used to be. . .