Interview with Dave Taylor

When did you first start writing?
First serious novel followed a Robert McKee seminar in New York, April 2014.
What's the story behind your latest book?
A young Afghan war vet flees assassins and a nationwide manhunt. In spite of the millions of cameras that capture images almost everywhere, the protagonist manages to stay hidden...mostly. It's also a story of how wrong assumptions can amplify his peril, but those closest to him will help correct injustices.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The internet has put control into the hands of the artists.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords offers great flexibility and opportunity for exposure.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My characters. Writers love their characters and development of their interaction is very special.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are the primary reason artists exist. We must all respect that and ensure we give them our best efforts.
What are you working on next?
I actually have three more books in the works, with a few others outlined. The Jake Tolbert Incident is first in the HOUDINI Series. The next installment will find Jake and his associates conducting missions almost a year later. The more successful the HOUDINI Team becomes, the greater the dangers they face.

Sagacious Odysseys is my science fiction series. The first book, Second Child, follows the steps of a desperate scientist 500 years in the future, as he tries to finally launch man to the stars. The second book, Magellan, explores the rebirth of a long-dormant species on a planet 250 light years from Earth. While man learns to thrive again, a great unseen danger approaches.

More stories in each series are outlined on the drawing board, as well as a few other ideas. With almost four novels drafted within the last year, I just don't have enough time to get to all the stories I have, as soon as I would like to produce them.
Who are your favorite authors?
Too many to list!!!

I really like what Clive Cussler has done with his multiple series. Steven King's The Stand is without equal. The Niven-Purnell collaboration produced some fantastic science fiction, as well as the grandmaster, Robert Heinlin.

Many many more!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The 4:30 am alarm.

Seriously, most days, my characters and stories start on me as soon as I wake up. I have a long commute to a senior analyst job, so I have time to think about my stories. I keep a note journal with me at all times. When I get home, I write.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
My wife and I like to travel. We're empty nesters. We have many interests. We spend a lot of time each RV travel season exploring Civil War locations and are members of the Gettysburg Foundation.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I look up books by author. My wife bought me a Nook a few years ago and it is really flexible and light.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
In elementary school I wrote a story about a mind-reading boy in the future who had a lizard with laser eyes...probably in about 1964.
What is your writing process?
Write, review, improve, repeat.

My first step is a general story outline, then start adding characters.

I enjoy going to Starbucks on my Harley, with my note journal. As I sip on Pike's Place coffee, I jot down a sequence of events that falls within the outline. Then I go home or to the RV and fire up my MacBook Air. After drafting a section (500-4000 words), I go back over the section for errors, logic, flow, etc. Eventually, the story is basically complete. It will still take many more hours of review and improvement before it's ready for anyone to read.
How do you approach cover design?
I work with an extremely talented cover artist. The work was so good, I had difficulty choosing.
Describe your desk
At home, I write in my cave. I reclaimed the finished basement after the children all successfully launched. It's very similar to the Ray Bradbury writing room during his TV series. We have many things collected from our world travels in my cave.

My MacBook Air is on my wood lap desk as I sit in my recliner, at this very moment.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Oregon, which greatly influenced my writing.

Some of the locations are featured in the first HOUDINI novel.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Nook.
Published 2015-04-02.
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Books by This Author

Code Name: Houdini - The Jake Tolbert Incident
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 52,890. Language: American English. Published: April 25, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Decorated Afghan war vet JAKE TOLBERT barely escapes when assassins nearly wipe out his homeland special ops team. Jake must hide in plain sight on a cross-country motorcycle trek when the FBI identify him as "a person of interest" and well-informed, well-financed assassins close in. Using escape and evasion survival skills, while battling PTSD demons, Jake earns his code name: Houdini.