Interview with D. R. Meathin

What do your fans mean to you?
To be perfectly honest, I'm flattered by them. Writing for me is a hoby, so to have readers who follow my work is about the most humbling thing I have ever experienced. I can only be pleased that they like what I write. And appreciate their comments. Even those who point out problems with my books are only helping me. In fact, I probably like those remarks more. They help me become a better writer.
What are you working on next?
That's a complicated question. I often have multiple works in progress. I find that if I get blocked on one, I can often go back to another that I was having problems with and suddenly get passed the block I had on that. That means that I can never be entirely sure which story will finish first. I currently have four short stories and two novels in the works.
Who are your favorite authors?
Most of what I read is Science Fiction, Fantasy. Asimov and Heinlein jump to my mind first, but there are a number of new authors that I also like. One is a new Erotic Science Fiction author who I will be watching closely. Her first book has me intrigued! Leighan Gregory. One to watch!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Let's see. Besides work, I read, obviously. Then I'm also an amature magician. Astrophotographer. Pistol shooter. About to do my final dives for my scuba license. Camping, fishing. I also do just about all the photography for family parties and events. Trying to collect a complete first edition set of Mary Grant Bruce's Billabong series. Hmm. I didn't realise I was so busy!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I often try free books from author's I think I'll like, hopefully the first book in a series. If I like it, I buy the rest. And usually find myself hanging out for their next book!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It's in print at the moment, but not under my name. Kid's book and I don't really want it associated with my current works. I wrote it many years ago when my son did something funny. Just went from there!
What is your writing process?
I simply write what I feel like, when I feel like it. As I said before, I tend to have a lot of stories going at once. Not all Erotica, either. I don't work to time limits, or deadlines. I think I'd simply freeze up if I did! I start with an idea and see how it developes. Funnily enough, I've started stories that I thought were going to be erotic, but they turned into something completely different. And vice versa. At times, it's almost like they write themselves. Spooky really!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I think it was chiseled on a stone tablet. Something about how to tame a dinosaur. Seriously, I've been a reader as long as I can remember so, after so long, all the early stories sort of blur together. I do remember some of my favourites growing up though. The Billabong series. Catseye by Andre Norton. My Side of the Mountain, sorry I can't remember the author just at the moment.

I do remember that they took me away from my life at the time. Gave me insight into other possibilities. I loved that.
How do you approach cover design?
I normally get the story ready to roll, then go snooping some of the stock photo sites for images that match the feel of the book in my mind. It can take a long time to find just the right one. Then I import it into and play with fonts and colours for the text. And modify the image if I don't think it's quite right. And I'll change the cover if I stumble across something better at a later date.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Stranger in a Strange Land, Rober Heinlein. In some ways, his main character reminds me of myself. Not that I can cause things to follow me around or anything, but in his struggles to understand his place in the world.
Believe it or not, the Twilight and Hunger Games series. Just because I really enjoyed them.
What do you read for pleasure?
Mainly SciFi. Some Fantasy. I don't normally read Erotica. My own imagination is enough for that! Just ask my wife! LOL.
And often simple, easy to read stuff that I can just relax with and not have to think too hard about. The Cadet Magnum series by Ed Pipkin is one of those. Helps me relax.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My wife gave me a Kindle. I don't think its been far from me since. I work away a lot, for weeks at a time, and having so many books in the one device is wonderful! I used to carry four or five novels with me whenever I went away, so the Kindle is a godsend.
Published 2014-08-09.
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