Interview with David Kearns

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I want my books to be enjoyed by as many people as possible, but the traditional publishing industry is reluctant to take a chance on a new writer. However, people who read early drafts of "All the Way Down" told me that they liked it more than many of the mainstream novels they read. That built my confidence that I had a story worth telling, so I decided to find a different avenue for publishing. I worked with graphic artists to design a cover that fit what I wanted perfectly, completing my vision for the story. Seeing my book available for reading alongside those of authors I respect is gratifying and makes me want to keep writing. I encourage other writers who've been frustrated by the traditional publishing industry to publish it themselves as an indie author. It's a lot of fun!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has a very efficient process for getting my books in front of readers. I was able to publish my novel onto Smashwords with just a few hours effort. Most of that time was spent reading one of the excellent online tutorials about proper formatting. Once I'd made the minimal changes to my Microsoft Word file, the publishing process was trivial. Smashwords hosts my book on their own site, and took care of distributing the novel through other venues such as Barnes and Noble. Within a few weeks of publishing I had hundreds of downloads of my story. Smashwords made that possible.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When I write, I often think about the story in very visual terms. I see the different scenes in the story in the way that a screenwriter or director might. I think about what the different characters look like, how they talk to each other, where they are, what the action scenes look like, what it looks like when they fall in love. I try to stitch the scenes together to create such a compelling movie that people would be afraid to miss a minute of it. From there, I translate those scenes into a novel that brings those pictures to life through the eyes of my protagonist. When I get it right, and a scene resonates with me perfectly, and I know that I've achieved my goal, I feel a real sense of joy.
What do your fans mean to you?
I can't thank my readers enough. The people who've read early drafts of my novels made excellent suggestions and gave me such positive feedback that I had the confidence to press on with the hard work of writing. Seeing people take an interest in my writing is very gratifying. I feel like I'm on the right track. I'm preparing my second novel for publication now, and am writing a third. I hope that the people who've looked at my first novel will come back and read the rest in the series.
What are you working on next?
I'm readying my second novel "All the Way Under" for publication. "All the Way Under" continues the story of Delorean Harper and his ongoing battle with the people who killed his brother. Once I'm satisfied with the final edits, I'll work with graphic artists to design a cover that both reflects my vision and capture's the reader's imagination. At that point, I'll publish the story - and turn my attention to "All the Way Back," the third novel in the Delorean Harper series. "All the Way Back" explains how Delorean was orphaned by killers and in the process became one himself. Delorean's past catches up with him in this novel as he tries to leave it behind, with potentially fatal consequences.
Who are your favorite authors?
James Lee Burke. Robert B. Parker. Robert Crais. Lee Child. Adrian McKinty. Andrew Vachss. Tom Clancy. John Grisham. J. K. Rowling. Ernest Hemingway. John Steinbeck.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I find writing novels to be very stimulating, and I look forward to the creative process of storytelling every day.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I enjoy trail running, bicycling, downhill skiing, fishing for trout, and walking on beaches at the Oregon Coast. I like visiting coffee shops, libraries, and movie theaters. I thoroughly enjoy reading fiction and non-fiction.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do. It's a science fiction story about a detective who lives in Portland, Oregon. It's called "Voodoo," and is written from the viewpoint of Victor Burke, a down-on-his-luck detective who's hired by Marjorie Bibb, a wealthy socialite who thinks she was cheated out of a win at a dog obedience show. The winner, Mr. Arian, has a four month old puppy who's a prodigy, and a child who's in medical school at age 14. Burke has problems beyond the complexities of the case. His wife has late stage Alzheimer's disease and the bills are stacking up. Burke enlists the talents of Pony Doyle, a martial arts instructor, to watch his back while he takes on the rich and powerful - and struggles with decisions about whether it's better to stay young forever or let nature take its course.
What is your writing process?
I start with the kernel of an idea that's elated to something I've personally experienced. I was caught in a sandstorm in White Sands desert in, New Mexico once. The wind was blowing the sand so hard that it was disorienting and scary. It was almost impossible to tell north from south, east from west. Every dune looked like every other dune. You get the idea. That event led me to set the story "All the Way Down" in Alamogordo, New Mexico. I knew that I wanted to set the final and most-important scene in the desert, and have my character's life at stake there. I thought about what series of events could lead an ordinary person to be willing to risk death in the desert at the hands of a serial killer, and assembled a series of scenes in my head that I'd really connect with if I were a reader. Then I sat down and started writing.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I read a number of the Tom Swift science fiction/adventure stories when I was child. Those stores instilled in me a love of reading and immersed me in a different world. My father was an avid reader of detective fiction, and re handed off his books to me as fast as he could finish them. The John D. MacDonald Travis McGee series was one of his favorites. I liked the stories I read as part of my education, but those Travis McGee stories had a different kind of impact on me: they made me want to write.
Published 2016-11-13.
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Books by This Author

All The Way Back
Series: Delorean Harper. Price: Free! Words: 63,020. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
Delorean Harper's past catches up with him when the body of the man who killed Delorean's parents is found in a shallow grave. Soon Delorean's the prime suspect, and the investigating detective is relentless. As if that wasn't enough trouble, Delorean agrees to protect an unstable woman in the witness protection program who's sure she's being stalked. Delorean's the one who should be worried.
All The Way Under
Series: Delorean Harper. Price: Free! Words: 52,260. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
(5.00 from 5 reviews)
Delorean Harper has a gym bag full of cash, a new identity, a cabin on the Oregon coast, and a beautiful girlfriend. He also has a small army of assassins on his trail. What his hunters don’t know is that Delorean had his first encounter with a killer when he was twelve years old, and he hasn't forgotten how to take care of himself in a fight to the death.
All The Way Down
Series: Delorean Harper. Price: Free! Words: 57,940. Language: American English. Published: October 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
(4.75 from 4 reviews)
Bounty hunter Delorean Harper investigates his brother’s killing in a mining accident in Alamogordo, New Mexico. Soon it becomes clear that his brother’s death was no accident, and Delorean has become the next target of a killer who will do anything to cover his tracks. Will Delorean be able to outwit a cold-blooded killer and solve the mystery of his brother’s death – or will he die trying?