Interview with D.G. Valdron

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My first memory of writing was when I was four years old. I couldn't actually write, back then. But I remember dragging my little brother in his high chair over to the blackboard so that I could draw Batman adventures for him. I've always been writing, I can't not write. I am compelled. Even when I quit, I end up writing something.
What do your fans mean to you?
I think I'd be startled.
What are you working on next?
I'm fascinated by fan films, by the creativity and commitment and sheer love that leads people to create them. I have a second volume along these lines coming down soon. Then I want to do Ghostbusters. And Superheroes. Then I have a book about the old Lexx television series. There's a few things after that...
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. And no one will ever see it. I promise.
What is your writing process?
Start somewhere. Anywhere, it doesn't have to be the beginning. Keep on going. If you stall, start somewhere else. Eventually you have enough to work with.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No. But I remember the first one I read that had an impact on me. 'The Colour Out of Space' by H.P. Lovecraft.
How do you approach cover design?
With terror, anxiety and frustration.
Describe your desk
Wood. Sort of flat. I think. Actually, I'm not sure what it looks like. There's a lot of paper. Working here is something like an archeological dig.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The Greatest Unauthorized Doctor Who Stories: Years ago, I'd seen the Wrath of Eukor - that's a half hour, shot on 16 mm, fan film made in the Seattle Rain forests, by Ryan K. Johnson, starring Barbara Benedetti as the Doctor. I was amazed, it was thoroughly professional. Anyway, I forgot about it for a long time. But lately, I've been seeing some amazing fan made productions. Vic Mignona's Star Trek Continues is just astonishing. I started finding all these fascinating Doctor Who fan films, entire seasons, movies, one offs, spoofs. All these really interesting productions, that seemed to be going unnoticed, and started writing reviews to entertain myself. I started digging into history, into technology, and it seemed that these films didn't come out of a vacuum. They reflected the gaps in the show, they were brought into being by the decline and fall of the show in the 80's and 90's. And they were the product of a fan culture that had evolved. Next thing I knew... I'd written a book.

Dawn of Cthulthu: I'm a big reality nerd - history, physics, geology, biology, evolution. My Dad was a mechanic, and through that, I grew up fascinated with the way things worked, how everything fit together. When reading or watching fantasy or science fiction, I would be fascinated by the elegance of the world building, or I would try and make it make sense, come up with theories or explanations as to what was going on... sometimes in more detail than the writers themselves. With Dawn of Cthulhu, I had this idea... suppose H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Cult was a real thing - the Cult was real, the gods and cosmology perhaps no more or less real than Christian or Islamic theology. What would be the history of the Cult in the real world, where would it come from, how would it evolve.... at that point, it just wrote itself.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I write. I write all the time. I just felt it was time to inflict it on someone else.
When did you first start writing?
Before I could actually write. My first memory is dragging my brother in his high chair over to the blackboard so that I could draw Batman adventures for him. I think I've always had the bug to write.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Well, it gives me a venue to inflict my work on others. Good for me. For the rest of you.... we'll see.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Plotting world domination, gardening, wild sex orgies, zeppelin racing.
What do you read for pleasure?
Fantasy and Science Fiction, Horror, History, Science, Humour
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Dalhousie, New Brunswick, an isolated little town on the Bay Chaleur, on the Atlantic Ocean. I think it added desperation to my writing.
Who are your favorite authors?
Roger Zelasny, H.P. Lovecraft, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Walter Jon Williams, Philip K. Dick
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Lord of the Light, 1984, A Princess of Mars, Gulliver's Travels, At the Mountains of Madness, Bad Monkey
Published 2017-10-09.
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Books by This Author

The Greatest UNAUTHORIZED Doctor Stories! Volume Two
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 89,170. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Entertainment industry, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Television
In 1989, Doctor Who went off the air. But dedicated fans wouldn't let it go. Some of them started producing their own Doctor Who Adventures, and they never stopped. The second volume of reviews and essays that chart a hidden history of new Doctors, Female Doctors, Black Doctors, Doctors from around the world, from the 1990's to the present day. The fan films that rivalled the show itself.
LEXX Unauthorized - Backstage at the Dark Zone
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 70,190. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Television, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Television
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LEXX, a subversive, surrealist space opera that billed itself as Star Trek's Evil Twin, from 1997 to 2002 and earned a fanatical cult following. This book tells the story of LEXX both onscreen and offstage, and of the unique personalities and bizarre chains of circumstances that brought it to life.
Dawn of Cthulhu, and other Curious and Exotic Speculations
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 54,060. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Essay » Literature
Dawn of Cthulhu. A trilogy of speculative explorations using genuine history and science in unique ways to explore fictional topics. Featuring a fictional history of the Cthulhu cult, merged with the real history of ancient civilisations; an exploration of legendary and genuine sunken continents around the world; and the muppets treated as real animals with a fascinating evolutionary history.
The Greatest UNAUTHORIZED Doctor Films: Volume One
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 73,540. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Television
Once upon a time, Doctor Who was a show in Crisis! So fans decided to started making their own. They’ve been doing it ever since... A collection of reviews and essays that chart a hidden history of new Doctors, Female Doctors, Black Doctors, Doctors from around the world, shot from Mayan temples to British mansions. The stories of the Greatest Doctor Who Fan Films ever made.