Interview with Dana Scott Clarke

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I walk. I cook. Entertain. Make faces in the mirror with my husband. "Write," i.e., paint, icons. I do housework and put my pants on one leg at a time.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I usually browse Amazon and see what looks interesting. Mostly I read theology, history, historical novels and gay themed without too much smut in them.
What is your writing process?
I don't really have a process. I begin to write and the story unfolds before me. It's as if I'm reading a book for the first time. Then I reread it and see if it makes any sense. Of course, there are inconsistencies that have to be fixed and details to be fine tuned. Then I read it again and ask myself, "Would anyone but me read this crock of crap?" If I think so, I send it to several friends who critique it. If they have positive reactions, then I consider whether to publish or not. Since Monstrous Affections was my first book, I decided to publish.
How do you approach cover design?
Well, I'm an amateur artist to begin with. I think of what the book is about and go from there. I designed and created the book cover for Monstrous Affections. Let me know if it works or not.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I'm a history buff so I tend to read primary source history or anthologies of history. I also like good history books. GOOD history is written by people who know how to tell a story well. Otherwise, it's deadly! I also like historical fiction. Over the last several years, I've been reading the history of Germany during the Hitler era. Fascinating stuff. My question is: how could such a highly intellectual people be sucked in by such a psychopath? Of course, that question can be asked of many highly developed peoples including our own - for instance the first ten years of the present century.
What do you read for pleasure?
Well, OF COURSE! It's FUN! When I read, eventually I don't see the page any more. The story unfolds in my mind's eye and I become one of the crowd observing the story unfold.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Hmmmm. Probably Kindle since it's what i have on my phone.
Describe your desk
You don't wanna know. Hiroshima the day after the bomb looks better.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Yonkers, NY as the character in my book. When I was seven we moved to the crotch of the universe: Fresno, CA. When I was twelve, my father was transferred to Southern California. Many of the details in Monstrous Affections are relatively accurate accounts of growing up experiences...the names changed to protect the guilty.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I'd been writing this thing for about ten years just having fun with it on vacations and such. I mentioned it to a friend one day and said, "Of course, no one will ever read it," but he wanted to and loved it to where it was and encouraged me to finish it. So...I did.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I think the greatest joy of writing, besides the creative act itself, is putting the things I hold very dear into a story form. As a clergyman, I also preach that way. (Who wants to hear a lecture??? zzzzzzzzz!) What I hold very dear is the fact that through a story I can inform others that the Christian faith isn't what's portrayed by Televangelist and Fundamentalists; that there are Christians who believe that the Bible is not nor ever has been a science book; that the world probably came into being through the Big Bang; that what's in the Bible is true, but not literal and that some of it is down right wrong; that such truth is based on love, compassion and peace rather than being judgmental, narrow-minded and bigoted; that the message of Jesus is reeeeeeally hard because it calls us to love EVERYONE with no strings attached in the same way God loves everyone - no exceptions! AND I'm not trying to convert anyone to anything but rather letting people know that there's a different Christian witness out there that is faithful and full of hope.
What are you working on next?
Nothing yet. Ideas????
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
COFFEE! Strong, black coffee!
Published 2014-06-02.
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