Interview with DM Wiltshire

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The joy I find when I right comes from the escapism and exploration into the lives of different characters. I love my characters like they are a part of me, and writing about them is a way I can be part of their life/ journey. By sharing my writing with others, I in a sense, get to share my friends with the world, which is probably the most amazing joy of all.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans - if I have any - are what make my series what it is. Without my fans/ readers my book wouldn't be shared or loved by anyone asides from me. They challenge me to become a better writer, and to explore harder subjects. They force me to learn new things so I can share with them what I've learned. Without my fans/ readers there wouldn't be a series.
What are you working on next?
Now that I have finished book 1 of the P6 series I will be moving on to working on book 2. I'm already done half of the first draft, so it won't be long until I've completed it. I hope to release it December 20th, 2016 - but we shall have to wait and see.
I am also working on a stand alone series that isn't part of the P6 universe. This story is following around a free genie who finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation. We shall see how that one goes. XD
Who are your favorite authors?
When it comes to my favourite authors only two come to mind.
The first was the author that got me into reading and in turn pointed me in the direction to writer, which was Jean Auel who wrote the Earth Children Series. Her description and world immersion were fantastic.
The second author is Mitch Albom. That man is a writing genius that can touch the human soul with words. There is no other author who has brought me to tears as much as Albom. I have all his books and probably have read them close to ten times each.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing I'm doing one of three things:
1. Working as head of accounts payable at a car dealership.
2. Browsing the interwebs for pictures, resources, games, or funny videos.
3. Eating, sleeping, house cleaning ('cause being an adult isn't always fun).
Yes, I live a simple life... :)
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I do because it is the great grandparent to the series I'm writing/publishing now.
It was called the Elemental Cross, and I was in grade 8 (age 13-14) at the time. It followed a girl that found a necklace with magic powers that transported her to a fantasy world where she met a boy that became her guardian. Together they rode gryphons, fought epic battles, tricked kings, and defeated the evil wizard that was trying to destroy the world. This book I worked and changed hundreds of times. The original story changed to the girl being born in the fantasy world, and she was a lost princess with magic powers. Her cousin was the evil wizard and in the end she is captured... leaving it open for a second book.
The first version of the story compared to the second version of the story are radically different but shows how much my writing improved the more I wrote. The first version was mostly dialogue and it was boring dialogue. The second version had better world immersion and description. I liked what my characters became in the final draft of that story, but I never published it because I wanted to write a story that took place before that book... which lead me to the P6 series.
What is your writing process?
Sit down and write.
I come up with an idea, I like the idea so I write it down.
If I can't think of what to write, I sit down and force myself to put words down on paper.
If I get tired of writing I research different things online in hopes of adding to my story.
When it comes to writing for P6 I have all 6 books planned out in my head. The thing I need to do is get them down on paper and work on them. I write out a first draft, which can take me anywhere between a week to a month. If I don't have access to my computer I use Notes on my phone to type out scenes I like/think I should add. When I'm home I sit and work through those scenes piecing them like puzzle pieces until I have a final form. Then I read through it, making changes before sending it to my editor who looks at where I need to add or remove information (looks at flow mostly). I get it back, make those changes and more before handing it back over where my editor then looks at grammar and sentence structure. This process repeats until we both have a product that we're proud to publish.
Publish the book. Take a few weeks off and then repeat the whole process again. :)
What do you read for pleasure?
I read blog posts on writing structure and Pinterest posts on improving one's writing. If I'm not reading writing improvements, I'm reading articles about local events or world issues on online newspapers. If I'm not reading those I'm reading online comics like Misfile, Earthsong, Trying Human, Mias & Elle, Plume, and Love Not Found.
And finally, if I'm not reading any of those I am probably reading something by Mitch Albom or chapter previews from Kindle. :)
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Honestly... I'm not an e-reader. When it comes to purchasing a book I would rather the paperback over the electronic print. If I'm reading an article, webcomic, blog post it will probably be on my laptop or phone. I don't own an e-reading device... and I don't think I ever will.
Nothing is wrong with e-readers, I just like the feel of paper and smell of ink when I am curled up on my couch.
Describe your desk
Ha! Good one! You assume I have a desk. :P
My writing space is the corner of the living room couch with two blankets. I strongly dislike desks. I sit at a desk all day and I hate it. I much rather be able to move around or sit comfortably with my writing device on my lap.

Now, my dream writing space would have a window seat overlooking a garden and a twistansan chair in the corner. The room would be filled with pictures I've printed to inspire me. I'd have a cork board where I'd pin up ideas and story scenes, as well as mail from my readers. One wall would have my favourite sayings from authors, to keep my motivated. Oh, and I'd have a mini schnauzer curled up beside me while I type away on my laptop.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book Child of the Light has a lot of underlying themes and I don't want to give too much away... so I'll just say this:
I wanted the reader to see it is important to see a person as an individual and not just part of a group... and sometimes it is those we show prejudice towards that make the deepest impacts in our lives.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My mom.
I had always been a writer but never a published author. I loved it and she knew I was passionate about it. She pushed me to focus on getting a degree to support myself while I pursue my passions. She listened to me read her my stories and talk to her about my ideas. She said I would find a story I would want to share, and that there was no rush.
She was right. I knew when I had written this story that I wanted to share it, and I am.
Published 2015-12-19.
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Books by This Author

Children of Sirphan (Prophecy Six Series Book 2)
Series: Prophecy Six Series. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 94,960. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
Liora is tormented by visions of a white haired girl and a village falling to a flood. Experiencing flashbacks from the event that killed her people and trying to find her place among the large folk of the North, Liora must discover who she is before she can accept who she must become. Follow Liora in the second book of the Prophecy Six Series and see her destiny unfold before your eyes.
Child of the Light (Prophecy Six Series Book 1)
Series: Prophecy Six Series. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 79,050. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Child of the Light is a fiction, fantasy, self-discovery story focused towards young adults (ages 14+). It's the first book of the Prophecy 6 series, and covers a variety of issues facing the world and young adults of today. If you want a quick and easy read, this is the book for you.