Interview with Daniel J Whittaker

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I actually have two joys: The first joy is the writing process itself. Although it can be tedious, and I like that part, it is the ability to express what is in my mind and place it on paper. The second one is the joy of hearing someone reading what I have written, even if they didn't enjoy it per-say.They did read it after all.
What is your writing process?
Some times the process can be short or drawn out. It always begins with an idea that I find myself attached to. From there it forms itself. It is not just me writing it out, be it writes itself. To keep the story going till it is finished, it comes down to me placing time and thought into it and overcome the obstacles while writing it. There's really no way I can say it is a chronological process, it just is.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Surprisingly, I don't. But I do remember the books I enjoyed, there were a series of books that centered around people like Johnny Appleseed and Helen Keller. I also enjoyed Dr. Seuss books and the Choose Your Own Adventure series.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Knowing that there might be something that happens today.
How do you approach cover design?
Cover design should reflect, for me, an aspect of the story that I see in my mind, like a photo from the story that reveals something in the story that we could see. Nothing fancy, just something that can capture and draw the reader in.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
My father was in the Navy so we moved around a lot. I enjoy meeting new people and experiencing different things and I believe this does come out through my writing. I firmly believe that the only thing that stays consistent is change.
What do you read for pleasure?
I really don't read a whole lot of fiction, I think it will come out through my own writing, although I did grow up watching Amazing Stories. I do read books about spiritual matters, psychology, and throw in a biography in there. I do believe in improving oneself, so there are times I do pick up books that reflect change. But anyone who really knows me, I'm very picky about what I read.
When did you first start writing?
I don't remember, but I've always had an active imagination. Does that count?
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Usually the computer or my phone.
What motivates you to write?
There are several aspects to this motivation. The first one I would say is that it can be therapeutic. It is a cleansing and stretches my imagination and critical thinking. Secondly it allows me to share my thoughts and to entertain others. Thirdly I want to encourage others and lastly it is a source of income for me.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It is about a young man who was taken from his home when he was a child due to an ability he has, so he finally comes back home to face off against someone that was a part of his past. Unfortunately his friends arrive to help him, unknowingly they walk in the middle of this and now they have to learn to fight against and understand their own fears.
Published 2014-10-20.
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Books by This Author

Guardian of Nightmares: Secretion
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 31,510. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Crime
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Unknown to his friends, Joseph Alejo, born with an inexplicable power, has come home to reveal his parents murderer and to face the reason. With warning from Joseph, his friends should have stayed away from him that night, now together they have to survive and face the reason, and the murderer, together.
A Night to Remember
Price: Free! Words: 6,390. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
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Jacob has found himself in a situation. Taking care of a bed ridden man on Halloween wasn't to bad. Steve's family was away for a few hours, but that didn't bother the two. But when the wind started to pick up, the dog started to growl while starring out the window, Jacob did his best to ignore what was going on. Yet when the figures showed up unannounced, his job went beyond feeding.