Interview with Daniel Hoover

When did you first start writing?
I've always been a bit of a scribbler, but if I had to pin down a period of time, then I would have to say that my first short story happened when I was a very small child, but I started writing in earnest in my mid twenties.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
There are many good reasons for choosing indie, the rapid nature of both seeing your work out in the world for people to enjoy, more control over your own work, and artistic rights, and to be brutally honest, the return on investment for indies vs traditionally published authors heavily favors indies.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I would have to say that the shear act of creating worlds full of places, characters, and events is very exciting. That coupled with the fact that you get to tell the stories you want to tell, and make the points you want/need to make is very gratifying.
Who are your favorite authors?
The four that spring instantly to mind are Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, Micheal Crichton, and James Rollins. To me those guys are bar none the best around.
What is your writing process?
I like the snowflake method, which starts with a small step that you sort of build up until you have a complete story concept outline. I also like to do a sort of bubble diagram on my whiteboard-sort of relating story details to each other.

Other than that they're are a list of no-no's, the cardinal one is never, NEVER, tell someone what the main idea of a story is while you're working on it. This isn't because I'm afraid it'll be stolen, but because every time I've broken this rule the piece has either died on the vine or just simply not turned out.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I think that was Arthur C. Clarke's Island in the Sky, it was very cool: space travel, pirates, etc. If I'm completely honest though the first story I read that had me, and never let me go was Jurassic Park. The way Crichton mixed the concept of living dinosaurs, technology, and what can happen when the fickle nature of humanity intersect was just amazing to me.
How do you approach cover design?
I just try to use elements from the story.
What do you read for pleasure?
Adventure/thriller every time. James Rollins is a fantastic example of the genre.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, actually I do. It involved a swimming race between a smug rabbit, and a cunning crocodile. It was sort of a tortoise and the hare rip off which ends poorly for the rabbit in question. I believe I was in first, or second grade.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I'm working on my first full length novel, The Testament of the Undead. A story about zombies, a tournament of the undead, an ancient labyrinth, a secret, and of course blood.

I really just wanted to do something fun with characters in the sort of classic adventure style while mixing in a richly detailed world to play in.
Published 2016-03-20.
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Books by This Author

Outer Sky
Price: Free! Words: 4,600. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
The world is dying. The human race is dwindling. Its grandeur all but forgotten. A majority of the great strides made in philosophy, art, technology, and science lay buried in the rubble of the past. Forgotten. Still some cruel spark of humanity remained, undaunted, determined to survive. For the first time in generations, and in secret men and women will be hurled to the stars. To where...
Show & Tell
Price: Free! Words: 5,540. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult
(5.00 from 1 review)
A boy is pushed around at school, for his parents their son is a low priority,leaving him to be raised by hired help. All that changes however, when a seeming act of kindness offers him an opportunity to push back. ...But what will it cost him?
Bedlam in the Badlands
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,800. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Gun fire shatters the stillness of the badlands... Deep in the Montana wilderness a group of students are discovering that the ancient hills are the perfect place to find the rare fossils of long extinct beasts, but they also discover that the empty hills are the perfect place for those who wish to go unseen to hide. Being so far from civilization, can help arrive in time?
Song of Deerwoman
Price: Free! Words: 1,890. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(4.00 from 1 review)
The new world is a strange, and wild place. The natives have told tall tales of the spirits that reside in the dark woods for generations. Many see the stories as nothing more than myths meant to scare the settlers. Still, if you should happen to find yourself walking alone in the woods be mindful of what thoughts you keep in mind. Should you hear some strange, and pleasing melody. Run, just run.
A Sure Thing
Price: Free! Words: 3,870. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(4.00 from 1 review)
A pawn shop, a place for those who find themselves desperate, usually through their own merits. A little shop sitting in a dark city, at the nexus of all things. People come, people go finding the little pawn shop either taking, or leaving things behind. Just be careful which one you end up with, and please know the difference between need, and want.
A.M. Radio
Price: Free! Words: 1,980. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(4.00 from 1 review)
An A.M. radio talk personality doing his show informing the fine people of the greater Bismark North Dakota area of any political happenings, or upheavals. The show itself has always been his way of connecting to the world at large...but the callers have stopped. Please feel free to leave a review if you enjoyed this story. Thanks.
Perry's Requiem.
Price: Free! Words: 1,500. Language: English. Published: April 22, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
(3.75 from 4 reviews)
A man is faced with a choice, he can either allow death to take him, or choose a life with new perils and, adventures. It is a life though which forces him to leave behind everything he knew. Will he give way to eternity, or join the undead? Please feel free to add a review of this story should you download, and read.