Interview with David Beavers

Describe your desk
Manageably cluttered.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Grew up in Southern California, not really.
When did you first start writing?
In the seventh grade as an English requirement.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I thought it would help the wanna be truck driver ease into a very intimidating job if I could explain to them the situation they faced in a simple to follow format. I felt if they had that knowledge up front their acclimation into the trucking world would be just that much easier, acquiring all in a day the tricks on the trade that took me thirty years to learn. Having found one book 500 pages long selling for $50.00, and another book in which the author said the most important thing in being a truck driver was in learning how to get eight hours of sleep, I made my book as short and concise as possible, leaving out the paperwork aspect and the DOT regulations they would learn in the incoming briefing each company gives to their new employees. Only time will tell if I chose wisely.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The thought of being limited to a few persnickety agents when there was a world of readers out there who would tell me, by purchasing my product, if what I do is appreciated. Add to that the time it takes to publish a print book compared to the ability of uploading an eBook so quickly and it was a win-win situation.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Seeing the outcome.
What do your fans mean to you?
They are my sounding board.
What are you working on next?
Several things really. I have two stories in process now, one of them a three part series about a priest who, though being turned into a vampire, kept his holy bearing, and a young martial arts instructor who joins him to battle a growing army of vampires out to subjugate humanity. The other story is about a man caught up in a time warp who must discovery the why's and wherefores of its origin and reverse the effects before it becomes permanent. I have a story about a haunted high rise, and a tale about the early years of Dracula and how he came into being, predating Bram Stokers story. I have the story of a man recruiting people to join his army of ninja warriors - or so the recruits are led to believe, and one about some kids in a band who make friends with a group of bikers and how their lives affect each other as they grow up in southern California. Hopefully, I'll live long enough to tell them.
Who are your favorite authors?
James Jones and Leo Tolstoy.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The need to pee.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Thinking about it.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Charlotte's Web, I cried when she died.
What is your writing process?
Just write
How do you approach cover design?
For my 'How To' cover I had the picture already. For what I come up with next, I haven't thought that far ahead.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
From Here to Eternity, which made me want to become an author. War and Peace, the magnificence of his writing. Dune, the wonder of the story. The Chronicles of Thomas R. Covenant, the imagery. The Borderliners, the twist at the end..
What do you read for pleasure?
The daily comics in the newspaper.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Enabled me to get a book on the market.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No, but the first thing I ever published was an article I did for a karate magazine about a martial arts instructor. It was a fluff piece extolling his virtues, which I later regretted when I discovered his vice - think Jared.
Published 2015-08-26.
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Books by This Author

How to Drive an 18-Wheeler
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 12,350. Language: English. Published: August 21, 2015. Categories: Essay » Technology
A manual that explains how to drive an 18-wheeler by a man who spent thirty years of his life doing so and lived to tell the tale.