Interview with David Metheny

What are you working on next?
Currently I am in the process of writing Book Three to The Back Road to Wonderland. It will be a follow up to the first two books. I am also working on researching and writing the first book on the pre-history of Wonderland. I am really excited to go back to the beginning and present how Wonderland was forged. I discovered that when creating the back story for my version of Wonderland, there really wasn't a solid background on its origins and thought it would be a challenge to take the fairy-tale we all know and really dissect it, just as Maguire gave us the Wicked books.
Who are your favorite authors?
I would have to say the authors that really inspire me, not only for their writing ability but their approach to writing would be Anne Rice, J.K. Rowling and I devour Jackie Collins.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My alarm clock... you can only hit the snooze button so many times before throwing in the towel and getting out of bed to shut it up.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
The majority of time is spent with my long-time best friend and husband and our three cats. Tazo, my Siamese little devil cat was the inspiration I used for the Cheshire Cat in my books. I also hold a full time job which allows me to enjoy my love for reading and writing.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. I think I was about seventeen when I first put the pencil to paper. It was only a page or so and it went into storage until I began writing the Wonderland stories. I used my early draft as part of the basis for the portal to Wonderland, so it was nice to see something that I began as a teenager finally got its moment in the sun.
What is your writing process?
I need absolute quiet to write and a strong cup of coffee. I know you think it would be, but alas coffee is my passion as you can tell by my profile pic. When I begin the first draft, I like to keep writing until the complete scene in my head is finished or my brain shuts down for the day, which is usually the end of a 6hr full day of writing. I try to do 1000 to 3000 words a day, then when the book is done, I will leave it for a few weeks and hit the heavy revisions before it goes to my editor for changes.
Published 2014-03-16.
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