Interview with Dave Holman

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Exploration. Writing is an adventure of the imagination where new things are learned both about the world and about oneself. Writing helps me remember, helps me learn, and lets me share what I find joyful with others.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. Every tweet, post, email, letter is answered personally. This book only exists in its current form because of the generosity and belief in me that 74 Kickstarter backers had in October, 2014. I write to share my passion.
What are you working on next?
Ohhhh boy! I'm so excited to start writing a non-fiction book about the greatest ultra-runner ever to live. Go to my website and blog at for more info and updates. I'm also working on a book of short stories from my years in Bolivia, and a thriller/romance about an ecological and financial collapse.
Who are your favorite authors?
Let's put it this way: there's Mark Twain and then there's every other author, some great, some mediocre.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Coffee. Fresh ground and brewed dark organic coffee. You get to suck that deep coffee bean smell into your nostrils, feel the hot coffee warm you up and your mind sharpen...Besides coffee, I love my profession, family, pets, nature, sports, and artistic pursuits, these things all motivate me to spring out of bed.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I work full time for Bowdoin College's development department and volunteer on 4 boards. I enjoy distance running, nordic skiing, hiking, book collecting, and hanging out with our 4 pet goats.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I'm going to be honest. Maybe it's the fact that I'm on a computer for much of my work and free time, maybe it's that I grew up reading paper books, but I've never read an ebook. I don't want to. I LOVE paper books. The feel of the pages in my hands is special. I'm a book collector and looking at my book shelves is like greeting my old friends every time I turn around. To me the experience of a book is not only the story, but the physical object. I'm not a ludite, in fact I've managed the websites and social media channels of major non profits and I'm experienced with a wide range of software- you'd think ebooks would be a natural fit to me. I co-founded and own three retail bookstores in South America, so I'm afraid that I'm just in love with paper books. I love writing feedback to the author or story in the margins with a pen, I love seeing the books I've read and the books I want to read right there in my home and in my office. Sorry smashwords fans, this wasn't the answer you might have expected, but it's the honest one. That said, I love the idea of ebooks and love that they are bringing reading to new people. I support almost anything that makes books and literature more available and accessible, so don't get me wrong, I'm 100% in favor of ebooks, I just haven't started experimenting with them yet because of my love affair with printed books.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was a fantasy 'book' meant to be like the ones I was devouring at the time. My father even printed it out at his office on the old dot matrix printed where you had to tear off the perforated sides of the paper.
What is your writing process?
There are 4 stages: research, write, edit, market. Rinse and repeat. The most important thing for me is deadlines. I need them, I live by them, and if I don't have them (whether self-imposed or decreed to me) then I tend not to spend enough time writing. The stages are all easy except editing. Editing is monstrous. I liken it to the training for and running of a marathon. I wrote most of Coffee Smuggler in about 3 months and then went through 11 drafts over 5 years.
How do you approach cover design?
As someone who has worked professionally as a photographer, painter, and graphic designer, I like to be hands on. For Coffee Smuggler, I created 2 mockups and let me Facebook friends vote by liking one or the other. I was shocked that they chose the one I didn't expect and will remain forever grateful because they were 100% right.
What do you read for pleasure?
My nightstand is usually a Pisa tower of National Geographic, a few non fiction history books, a comedy or two, Runner's World, maybe some gardening, or whatever else I've gotten my hands on. I love a good adventure.
Published 2014-11-27.
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Books by This Author

Coffee Smuggler
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 81,610. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Colonial America, Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures
Coffee Smuggler is an adventure based on the true story of Gabriel de Clieu who brought coffee to the Americas in 1723. De Clieu seduces a noble woman with a strange illness to steal a cutting of King Louis XV's only coffee plant. He sets sail and faces pirates, a hurricane and the doldrums before arriving in Martinique to cultivate the plant that would spread coffee across the Americas.