Interview with Phillip Drayer Duncan

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It's hard to say what the exact first story I wrote was, but one of the earliest stories I remember writing was about Boba Fett. I was very young, but I decided that I was going to write a Star Wars story about what Boba Fett was doing when he wasn't on the screen. I sat down with a VHS copy of The Empire Strikes Back, my Star Wars figures, and a notepad, and went to work. I also wrote several Spiderman, X-men, and other Marvel character stories the same way.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I remember the first novel I read. I was in the third grade and I read Spiderman: Carnage in New York. Prior to that all I had read was kid books, and this really opened my eyes to a whole new world. From that moment on I rebelled against reading kid books all the way through school and just wanted adult novels. I read tons of Marvel character novels, then Star Wars novels, then I started branching out into other things like Sherlock Holmes, The Dark Tower Series, and anything by David Gemmell.
How do you approach cover design?
It's been a little different each time. I really like to do the covers myself if I can. It's a challenging process that I really enjoy. I did the photography and editing for the cover of Vanguard of the Desolate World: The Hellhounds and the Chronicles of the Moonshine Wizard: The Distilled Shorts Collection. A lot of people don't believe I did those covers myself, but I did. My dad even helped. In fact, my father's hand is the hand on the cover of the Vanguard book.
What do you read for pleasure?
A lot. I've every book that David Gemmell wrote. I love the Dark Tower series by Steven King. The Sherlock Holmes books. Watership Down. A lot of Neil Gaiman, Simon R. Greene, Selina Rosen, Tommy Hancock, Jim Butcher, Louis L'mour, occasionally some Star Wars or Marvel books. I could go on and on.
Describe your desk
It's a tiny little busted up thing with just enough room for a laptop. It's stuck in the corner of my room and I sit in a lawn chair when I write. The life of an author is not so glamorous... Or maybe I'm just not doing it right...
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Eureka Springs, Arkansas and I've spent most of my life in the Ozarks. I also lived in Oklahoma and Colorado for a time. A lot of my stories take place in the Ozarks. I'm not sure if I have a good reason for that, but it just always seems like a fun place to the set the story, and it's easy to imagine the character there... Maybe I'm just lazy =/
What's the story behind your latest book?
My next book to hit the shelves will be Assassins Incorporated, and it's being published by Yard Dog Press. It's coming soon. It's actually an idea that rolled around in my head for years. The basic idea is that a professional assassin gets hired by his own company to kill himself. It's a really fun book, I can't wait for it to come out. It should very soon.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When I read one of my own stories, I never think, "I wish they author had done this." In a sense I'm writing the books for myself, and if I never sell another copy I won't be disappointed because I enjoy reading the stories that I've written. At the end of the day that makes all of the work worth it.
What do your fans mean to you?
The idea that people enjoy my work enough to be 'fans' is just... I don't even have the words for it. It's the greatest feeling in the world. The only problem is that if I don't hurry up and start the 2nd Moonshine Wizard novel I'm afraid they might get violent.
What are you working on next?
I'm getting ready to start the 2nd novel in The Moonshine Wizard series, and I need to hurry and get started... Seriously, the fans are starting to get really impatient with me. I've never been yelled at by so many people in my life.
Published 2014-05-08.
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Tales of the Warden - Hope City
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There are villains. And there are heroes. And then there is The Warden. An enigma feared by all who stand for justice. He strikes where least expected, capturing heroes society depends on. Some say he collects them for display in his own private prison. Others doubt his existence. Yet all who bravely stand against the darkness have felt a tremor of fear at the utterance of his name.
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Someone once said that a picture is worth a thousand words…. The cover of this book created entire universes. Using Adam Shaw’s atmospheric, almost haunting image of a robot and its guests as a starting point, seven of today’s best Genre Fiction authors have crafted tales of excitement, exploration, and danger! Discover what happens when talented authors Write to the Cover!
Zev Moon
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,350. Language: English. Published: August 7, 2014 by Pro Se Press. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
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