Interview with Daniel Waltz

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
- The freaking morning.
- Coffee
- Endless people lists
- People trying to contact me
- North Korean Missiles heading for me
- A shower
- God
- Just wanting to go
What are you working on next?
Book Three of The Water Travelers Series. And sleeping. And going traveling.
What's the story behind your latest book?
For The Water Travelers: Heir of The Unknown: Running away has been something that enthralls me, and running away with someone special makes that all the more adventurous. I wanted this to resinate with the characters in the book and the readers to feel like they are also breaking free. The idea for The Water Travelers started when some friends and I were in a hot tub and the question of "Would you ever jump in a random person's hot tub, if they were in it?" came up. I said yes, if I could hop in, sink below the surface, and disappear. (That was my second answer, actually. My first was yes. Yes, I would.) Thus, the idea of water traveling came to be. Then that developed into "where would you travel to?" And from that, the world of Upitar formed and the story began to develop later on.

FOR BOOK TWO, The Curse of Senapin:
I'm not a big fan of writing from what you know, why not write what you don't? Go on an adventure, get lost with your characters and learn about yourself while they do the same. Sometimes I even learn from the characters! With saying that, Book two involves the battles within ourselves. Dark forces begin to rise and everything basically hits the fan. In all the chaos, though, some truths remain true, as in our lives.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean to me are like chip dip is to potato chips. Cheesy, I know, but they make the salty pains of marketing taste better and the crunchy joys of writing even more enjoyable. Wow, that really was super cheesy.

I love you guys. How about that. Plain and simple. I love all of you!
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
As of right now the most efficient is word of mouth. I'm hoping my twitter game starts to pay off soon, though, for the sake of my annoyed followers.
Describe your desk
My desk changes. Some days it's a lovely coffee shop with a cup of caffeine, other days it's my home desk covered in notes, pens, useless utensils, baby pictures of my friends (It's a running joke) and dozens of other random things that are quite pointless. I like to mix it up, though. When you have the liberty of working when and where you want, why not take advantage of that and change the view?
When did you first start writing?
I started seriously writing my senior year of high school, when I began 'The Water Travelers' series. Although, as a kid, I wrote out a one-hundred paged novel. I lost it—apparently my best friend used it as kindle or something. Oh darn. It had dragons and mazes and things and if I actually recovered it one day I would probably never tell anyone. I still remember some of the storyline, though. Maybe one day I'll go back to it. (Goes into Royal Tenenbaums, Owen Wilson "Wild Cat" moment.)
Published 2015-02-04.
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