Interview with Brian D. Clark

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
We all have to get through grade school. I wrote stories throughout. At the age of eight I wrote and illustrated a book that I sold to my mother. I stapled the pages together and "sold" it to my mother. She was disappointed that the not all the pages were filled with illustrations and stories...my mother was a professional journalist. Around the same age, my brothers and sisters and I put on a "play" for the local neighborhood friends. Even though I was the youngest in the family, I wrote the script and play. It was about King Arthur and Sir Lancelot (who in the play was played by me) but we called him "Mr. Clean Lancelot" after the cleaner, Mr. Clean, because he was all in white. We actually made a few nickles and got a bunch of laughs!
What is your writing process?
I pick a story line and let the story take over. I am fascinated that the characters take over their own personality and the scenarios are picked by the characters though I am able to move them to the locations I want. The characters start to speak instead of what I want to write. More than once I have started a dialog for one of my characters and all of a sudden, the words on the page are what they want to say, not mine. Each character comes alive as the story writes itself. It is as though I am communicating a story, not writing a story.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I had all the "Cat in the Hat" books by the age of four and all the primers "Dick and Jane" and the the nursery rhyme books (Humpty Dumpty, et al). I also had all the "Curious George" books as well. In addition, I had reptile books, dinosaur books, and astronomy books. I tried to read the whole dictionary at the age of four because I got tired of my mother telling me to "look it up." I always wanted to create and write my own stories. I was inspired by the fact that people could write stories and other people, like me, read them.
How do you approach cover design?
I wanted to represent what is in the book.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My range of interest is very wide. I love non-fiction, fiction, fantasy, and science fiction. But for my book "The Broken Seal" I can definitively state five "genres" I would suggest reading. All religious texts including The Bible, the new and old testaments, the Koran, and any texts about Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism and Sikhism and any books about American Indian mythology. In the realm of "fantasy" I love Greek and Roman mythology, as well as the early fantasy writers The Grim brothers and Hans Christian Andersen. Other series and books include The Lord of the Rings series, by J.R.R. Tolkien, Terry Brooks and the Shannara series, Pierce Anthony and his Xanth series, Marion Zimmer Bradley's Dark Over Series, Robert Henlein, "Stranger in a Strange Land" and, though I wrote my book before the series started, the Harry Potters series by J.K. Rowling.
What do you read for pleasure?
Believe it or not, I read technical documents for pleasure. Including technical specs on computers, software, and household maintenance. However, I love to watch fantasy and science fiction on TV!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I read most everything on a Windows based computer. But I do have a Kindle and an iPad.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Word of mouth and email. I have a contact list of over three thousand name and email addresses. Plus, I have a business that I am using to "spread the word."
Describe your desk
My desk is a mess. But I actually have two desks. They are spread with legal documents, bills, and hard copies of my writings and musical compositions, printers and scanners. Each of the desks take up at least a corner of a room.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I have yet to grow up. Not being able to grow up constantly influences my writing. However, since I have lived in multiple states in every region of the United States I can honestly say that every region I have lived in, as a conglomerate, has influenced my writing.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was five years old.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Many years ago, I started writing stories that I thought I might be able to get published. "The Broken Seal" was a story that I had been formulating for years prior to me writing it. I wanted to write a story that was different from the typical "small, flat, fantasy world" so I created a world that included all the facets of the earth as we know it and the magic that our ancestors believed.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted to publish my story to an audience that would appreciated it for what it is. Smashwords and ePublishing seemed to be a way to become an "indie author."
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
My success will be dictated by Smashwords and my own efforts. What is success other than an interpretation of what you believe success to be? I'll update you as time goes on....
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy of writing is to know that I have reached those who appreciate what I have written.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are the quintessential essence of creativity. Without fans, there ultimately is no reason to continue to create. Without fans, creativity has no meaning other than self gratification.
What are you working on next?
I am working on the next book of "The Broken Seal." I am also working on making available a number of short stories I wrote years ago and am writing now as well as songs and music I wrote, recorded and digitized. I am planning to ePublish my late Step-Father's novel and his yodeling instruction CD that he created in the 1980's.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have so many favorite authors they are difficult to list. However, I will at least list a few: Robert A. Heinlein,J. R. R. Tolkien, Pierce Anthony, Robert Jordan, Gregor Mendel.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I have a business to run and each day is as new an exciting as the last day I woke up!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I am not writing, I love to play and write music. I also love to spend time with my friends and helping them.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I look for eBooks on-line with the topics and story lines I like to read. I generally use Google search to find them either by topic, subject matter, or author's name. If I can't find them through Google, I go to Smashwords.
Published 2016-03-30.
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Books by This Author

The Broken Seal, Escape at Crater Lake
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 190,700. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Adventure » Action
In Book One, the ancient dragon Gilden Rheas escapes his prison under Crater Lake breaking The Seal that separates the magical realm of Ishda from the world of man. After he abducts Garth's sister, Garth, Grand Wizard Rheardonax, and The Fighting Lion Company hunt the evil monster while befriending and battling humans and the returning creatures of lore and legend as Ishda merges with the world.