Interview with Del David

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The ease of which I do it. It seems that all the details are already in my head and all I have to do is type them out! I do NOT make a manuscript in advance.
What do your fans mean to you?
That they appreciate my knowledge of the old west.
What are you working on next?
This book is a series of old west action adventures and I'm starting my 2nd book in the series.
Who are your favorite authors?
F.W. Dixon, Clarence E. Mulford, Fran Striker, Zane Grey, Louis L'Amour, Max Brand, Mark Twain, Robert Hinkle, and Eric Heisner.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The thought that I have one more day to enrich someone's life.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, Fancy leather engraving, acting, singing (I have a country & western band, Klassic Kountry Gold).
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I've just bought a notepad to download ebooks with. So far, I've been buying the hardbacks to read.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes! For a full length one, this one. I've written a few short ones while I was in college (many years ago) but have no idea where they are. I also write poetry now and then.
What is your writing process?
I have and idea and I sit down and start writing. It's like the whole story is already in my mind.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes, "The Lone Ranger and the Gold Robbery" by Fran Striker, published in 1939. I read it in 1951 and was fortunate to obtain the book thirty years ago. It created a desire in me for the old west and I've spent a lot of my life learning more about it. Louis L'Amour's books have helped the most.
How do you approach cover design?
A cover that will tell a story without words.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
"The Holy Bible": It has taught me how I should live. "Hellen Keller: The Story of My Life": It has taught me that ANYONE can overcome challenges in their life. "Man's Search For Meaning", Viktor Frankl: Because it taught me how we must all search for God's plan in our lives. "Walden" Henry David Thoreau: It has taught me that we don't really NEED everything to live a happy simple life. :From Poverty to Power" James Allen: It taught me that using our heart and our mind we can do great things while we are here on this earth to improve the lives of others.
What do you read for pleasure?
Westerns
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Just started.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My computer with Adobe Digital Editions
Describe your desk
Cluttered!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Starting at age 10, Texas mostly. The Texas Rangers in the old west really impressed me.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I've been a re-enactor and actor for quite a few years. I usually play a Deputy US Marshal. I'm now 76 and one day I was thinking, "There probably weren't many lawmen in the old days that spent their life in law enforcement and lived to a ripe old age.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The other western authors and my old west movie star friends.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I don't feel I could have done this without them! They have the MOST detailed step-by-step instructions on everything it takes to publish a book that I have been able to find.
What do you hope to gain by publishing western books?
A following to inspire me to keep writing more!
Published 2015-06-16.
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Books by This Author

The Old Marshal's Last Gunfight
Series: A Dave Stoutman Novel. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 61,630. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Marshal Dave Stoutman has his last and final gunfight at age seventy. He became a Texas Ranger at age 18 to help bring justice to the old west. This book is written in the style of Louis L'Amour. The places are real and the firearms are correct for the time period. This book details the encounters he has had all his life dealing with people who break the law.