Interview with Tommy Dakar

How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords is an excellent showcase for all authors. It is serious, well thought out and totally democratic. Without such sites our works simply do not reach a wider audience.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
People often ask why I write, especially as it is 'unproductive' according to certain standards. But I would continue to write, and compose too for that matter, regardless of possible recognition, because creating something out of nothing is intrinsically gratifying.
What do your fans mean to you?
I am not sure that I would call readers 'fans'. I write in many varying forms, and I believe that some enjoy a certain type of story or novel while others prefer a totally different genre. But anybody who has taken the time to read my work I hold in esteem. If that person then becomes a 'fan', then I am thrilled!
What are you working on next?
Apart from the short stories which I am writing constantly, I am preparing a new novel based on three different timelines but with a common core - persecution. I also intend to continue translating my works into Spanish for my Spanish readers.
Who are your favorite authors?
Ah, so many. Nabokov, Faulkner, Lawrence, Vonnegut, Shakespeare, Steinbeck, Lessing..... I will not continue for fear of forgetting some excellent authors. So much talent.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I love life.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Composing. I have always had a group, and I enjoy writing songs with their respective lyrics. At the moment we are Critical Moment, and have a demo on Myspace. Check it out!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Via sites such as Smashwords and by general browsing.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes I do. At School. It was about a man lost in the desert. The teacher thought I had copied it!
What is your writing process?
No set process. Sometimes it gushes out, sometimes it seeps. At night or in the morning. At my laptop or on a serviette.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I remember the first piece of writing that really shook me, yes. Nausea by Sartre. I took a while to assimilate that probably because of my age at the time. Adolescents take things to heart.
How do you approach cover design?
Aagh. I need a lot of time and thought. It's not really my line, though I get there in the end. A World Apart and Other Stories was designed by Melanie Plummer, and she did a great job. So maybe there is room for collaboration here.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
This is a question I would prefer not to answer as I would not be able to reduce a lifetime of reading into just five books. Or a lifetime of listening to music into just 5 songs.
Published 2014-02-21.
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Books by This Author

Unzip and Other Compact Stories
Price: Free! Words: 23,480. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
A new collection of short stories by Tommy Dakar. From humour to intrigue, from irony to philosophy, each piece has been carefully constructed to perform its task.
Thick and Fast
Price: Free! Words: 68,290. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Ambrose Ork was born thick. By contrast Harvey Paulson, the new owner of the mansion, was ambitious, and as fast as they come. So when the body was found it was clear who would take the blame. Because there was nothing Ambrose could do to change things. Or was there?
Falls the Shadow
Price: Free! Words: 46,300. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Falls the Shadow consists of twin short stories, Falls the Shadow and La Feria, which, although they have defined identities, share a common heritage and are in many ways inseparable.
A World Apart and Other Stories
Price: Free! Words: 19,300. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
A collection of short stories by the author of Balls and The Trap-Door, most have which have been selected for publication in literary magazines. Quality literature ranging from humour to the unsettling.
The Trap-Door
Price: Free! Words: 47,910. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
The trap-door takes Kevin Galt from his everyday world of logic and reason into an underworld of fantasy and imagination. Until one day the trap-door ceases to be a metaphor and becomes all too real. What lurks in the deepest recesses of our minds? What are we all capable of? Are there limits or rules of any kind? Kevin Galt would be forced to find out.
Balls
Price: Free! Words: 71,180. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
When Paul Kavanagh decided to castrate himself with a pair of sheepshears, he had no idea that he was unwittingly setting the balls in motion, and that the consequences would be devastating.