Interview with David Kubicek

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
When I was in middle school I wrote a series of humorous stories about Baron Von Hindenburg, who lived in a big old house in Transylvania. He was a nervous fellow and probably shouldn't have been living in a region with such a reputation for its macabre happenings. Each story dealt with the Baron being confronted by a new problem with a werewolf, vampire, or dead body, etc., and his unique solution to that challenge. It's a wonder the poor guy didn't have a heart attack from all the creepy goings on.
What is your writing process?
I'm a "pantser." I do a little planning so I know where the story is going, then I just write and revise and cut and polish. I try to follow Elmore Leonard's basic rule of writing: "I try to leave out the parts that people skip." Oh, and I must have coffee.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Ray Bradbury's MARTIAN CHRONICLES wasn't the first fiction that I read, but it was the book that made me decide to become a professional writer. I was in awe of Bradbury's narrative power, which made his version of Mars come alive, and I wanted to write stories like that.
How do you approach cover design?
My main concern is that the cover have some connection to the heart of the book.
What do you read for pleasure?
I have wide-ranging tastes in fiction. I have a special love for good science fiction because that is the genre on which I cut my reading and writing teeth, but I also read contemporary, historical, mysteries, and fantasy.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Primarily my Kindle, but I also have a Nook.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska, although I have rural and small town roots on both my father's and mother's sides of the family. The first book I published was an anthology of short stories by various writers (including myself) about rural life. It was called THE PELICAN IN THE DESERT AND OTHER STORIES OF THE FAMILY FARM. Since I have always lived in the city, however, most of my stories tend to have an urban flavor. My novel IN HUMAN FORM has a little of both worlds.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska, although I have rural and small town roots on both my father's and mother's sides of the family. The first book I published was an anthology of short stories by various writers (including myself) about rural life. It was called THE PELICAN IN THE DESERT AND OTHER STORIES OF THE FAMILY FARM. Since I have always lived in the city, however, most of my stories tend to have an urban flavor. My novel IN HUMAN FORM has a little of both worlds.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote my first story when I was about 10 and wrote off and on throughout high school, but I didn't start submitting my stories to magazines until I was a senior in high school. Like most novice writers I thought editors would be stumbling over themselves to get their hands on my work. So I sent my first submission to THE NEW YORKER, which promptly and unceremoniously sent it back. Looking back on that rejection I'm forever grateful to the NEW YORKER editor that that story never saw print. But that was years and years ago. I can write much better now.
What's the story behind your latest book?
IN HUMAN FORM is the first in a series of novels about an android who becomes a human being because of her extended exposure to human beings. The fact that she is an android, however, makes her vulnerable to certain people who would exploit her. The series is about her struggle to remain free.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted to cut out the middle man or middle woman: the editors and editorial boards that decide whether or not to publish a book. At the major publishing houses the final decision usually is based on money, not quality: are enough people going to buy this book to significantly increase our bottom line? Speed is also a factor--it can take up to two years for a manuscript to go from acceptance to book store shelf. I wanted to be involved in a faster publication process, and I wanted my readers to decide for themselves whether my books were worthy of their time.
Published 2014-01-11.
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Books by This Author

Bedtime Stories
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,870. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Three fairy tales. In “The Hawk’s Head Tree”, a cobbler sets off on a quest to find prosperity and happiness. In “A Bear Needs a Territory” , a small black bear finds a unique solution to his problem with bullies. And in “The Green Yarn” , a little girl confronts her fear of the unknown.
Silent Night and Other Holiday Lore
Price: Free! Words: 4,730. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » History » World
Short articles about holiday history by David Kubicek, collected from the author’s blog and other online publications over a 10-year period. Included in this collection are stories about the origins of popular Christmas Songs, Banshees and Leprechauns in Irish folklore, the mother of the American Valentine's Day card, and how candles have been used in rituals around the world throughout the ages.
Ball of Fire and 5 Other Contemporary Stories
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,050. Language: English. Published: June 27, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Six contemporary stories by David Kubicek, including, a tale of betrayal in a small rural town in the Pushcart Prize-nominated “Ball of Fire”, a swimming lesson gone wrong in “Be a Man", and two lonely people reaching out to each other over “Two Coffees.”
Prospect Street and 4 Other Science Fiction Stories
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 25,560. Language: English. Published: June 27, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Five stories of speculative fiction by David Kubicek, including a dystopian future world where practicing medicine is illegal in “A Friend of the Family”, a man left alone in a small town as his neighbors flee an impending nuclear attack in “Prospect Street”, and a young couple’s escape to the past to have their baby has a surprising twist in “The Letter.”
Elevator and 3 Other Stories of Suspense and Horror
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,530. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
This short collection contains four stories ranging from creepy to terrifying. Included are “Elevator”, “What’s Wrong With Being a Nurse”, “The Moaning Rocks”, and “Clinical Evaluation”.
In Human Form
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 83,450. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Wendy longs to fit in. An android built for companionship by a marooned alien, she had lived for three years in this quiet Nebraska community until a brutal attack leaves her creator dead and destroys her memory. But Wendy’s struggle for acceptance soon turns deadly when ruthless millionaire UFO hunter Earl Vaughn learns her secret and seeks to use her as his ticket to unlimited wealth and power.
The Moaning Rocks and Other Stories
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 57,730. Language: English. Published: April 4, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
(5.00 from 1 review)
David Kubicek’s omnibus collection containing all the stories in his mini-collections Prospect Street (science fiction), Elevator (suspense and horror) and Ball of Fire (contemporary stories). Ranging from commonplace to bizarre and from deadly serious to whimsical, these stories showcase a wide range of David Kubicek's storytelling. Includes author's commentary on the inspiration for each story.