Interview with Christopher F. Dalton

What are you working on next?
I am currently working on three different novels.

One is the follow up to The Legends of Saint Nicholas: The Emergent Son. It takes place fifteen years later when Nicholas' fame has grown and a new threat has burst upon the scene, threatening the future generations.

The second book is a fantastical look at the real mission of Lewis and Clark. The Adventures of Lewis and Clark: The Cave of Wonders begins with the question: what if Lewis and Clark were really sent out to secure a mystical cave providing the wealth to fund the grand Jeffersonian vision? It's my tribute to Indiana Jones.

And the third book looks into the amazing power that music holds on our memories.
What is your writing process?
My writing process begins with listening. I listen for new stories. I listen to what the story I am writing is telling me to do next. I listen for new ways to spin the story when discussing it with my wife and sons.

Then I outline--it's rough and rugged and nasty. But necessary.

Then I write. And rewrite. And rewrite. And cry and finish.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
If I'm not writing, I'm reading, playing with my sons or at the beach with my hot wife.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My five favorite books:

1) The Adventures of Tom Sawyer -- I wanted to be him when I was growing up.
2) A Christmas Carol -- ghosts, love, loss, redemption, who wants more?
3) Treasure Island -- boy + pirates + treasure = every red blooded human male's fantasy
4) Adventures of Huckleberry Finn -- satire, language, morality. Wow.
5) A Time to Kill by John Grisham -- I read it in one day and will never forget it.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I read for myself was a Hardy Boys mystery and from the moment I finished it two things happened: I read the next one and decided I wanted to do that for a living.
What do you read for pleasure?
Fiction. Nothing else.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
A bunch of things drive me. My love for my family. My love for other people. My love for stories. My love for God. I am grateful to be able to wake each and every day and see the sunlight on my face.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was a mystery that took place in Payson, Arizona. It was a Zane Grey spin-off -- but I was 10 and it didn't get past the second page.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I generally find books I want to read in the book store, then go home and search for the ebook version.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My iPad. Love it. Will never trade it in.
Published 2015-08-24.
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Books by This Author

Great Once and other stories
Price: Free! Words: 34,990. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Sometimes to go forward, you have to go backward. Reed Francis was once a great jazz bass player. Then he vanished from the scene. Decades later, with his family life crumbling around him, he realizes that his future will depend on him going back to the music, back to his roots, back to the stage. With the help of a savvy record producer, he does just that, but is in he in time?
The Legends of Saint Nicholas: The Emergent Son (Book 1)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 58,660. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Children’s books » Legends, Myths, Fables / General
Determined to free his city from the grips of a crazed General , Nicholas launches a campaign to bring food and gifts to the starving and wanting. His goal: win the heart of the city and overthrow the General in a peaceful manner. But the enemy will not go quietly, and Nicholas must use all that he learned from his father and his Elven family to unseat the mad Ruler.