Interview with David Reynolds

So... who are you?
My name's David Reynolds. I am many things (as we all are), but mostly I am a culture addict and critic. I can't stop thinking about things - too many things - and that's led me down a path of adventure, academia, and publishing.

That's pretty much who I am in a nutshell. For further gritty details you should visit my blog (http://davaflava.wordpress.com).
When did you begin writing?
That's hard to pin down. Like so many others I began writing for school. Unlike so many others, however, I actually liked writing at a very young age. I'd write little stories, like fan fiction or mash-up stories featuring my favourite characters from popular culture, and I'd record little radio-dramas on our old tape-recorder, making all sorts of strange voices and crazy sound effects. I love going back through whatever scraps that have survived from those early days of writing for a laugh. And, it's still good for a laugh.

I wrote a lot of poetry in my teenage years. Poetry brought me to writing songs and music, which I still dabble with a little. I moved away from writing like this when I went to university. Academic writing demands a different sort of rigour, and so I had to change gears.
What are you presently working on?
I like to have a few projects on the go at once. One project I'm working on at the moment is a reinterpretation of the Three Billy Goats Gruff. I wrote the story when I was eleven years old, thinking about it from the troll's perspective. My reinterpretation is called The True Story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff: The Troll's Side of the Story. I am presently working with an illustrator and plan to publish the story through Problematic Press (http://problematicpress.wordpress.com). I'm really excited about it!
Why do you write?
At times, I feel compelled to write. That sounds cliché, I know, but it's true. I am very opinionated. It takes an effort for me to ensure I don't always speak up. Writing is a way for me to sift through my mad internal ravings and hone them into coherent expressions that others might appreciate.
Why do you self-publish?
Self-publishing is where it is at. I enjoy the D.I.Y. elements. Self-publishing gives me the greatest amount of control over each project from beginning to end. Plus, self-publishing offers the greatest slice of the royalty pie. I want as few fingers in my pie as I can manage. That's generally a good policy on pie.
What is it about writing that you enjoy most?
Ignorance is bliss. The joy I derive from writing is nothing like that. Writing, to me, is more akin to a burden I choose to endure. I love it because it is difficult. I also love the dissemination of ideas. A story is like a pebble tossed into a stream, creating ripples that journey to unseen shores.
Published 2014-01-22.
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Books by This Author

Sabaku, the Deserter Vol. 0: "Showdown at the Cactus's Prick"
Price: Free! Words: 5,580. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2013 by Problematic Press. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
"Showdown at the Cactus's Prick" is a short story written by David Reynolds. It was originally published in Late Night Dungeons. Sabaku has already left the oppressive land that was once his home. Now, he must resist capture at the Cactus's Prick, a tiny hovel beyond the borders of his homeland.
Fawning, Fear and Frustration: A Collection of Teenage Poetry from the 90s
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,280. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2011 by Problematic Press. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Poetry - single author
Fawning, Fear and Frustration collects thirty six poems by a young David Reynolds. It features a range of poetry that considers love, death and confusion in addition to a number of matters that lay somewhere in between.
Superheroes: An Analysis of Popular Culture's Modern Myths
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 37,910. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2011 by Problematic Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Linguistics
A scholarly interrogation of popular North American superhero narratives, such as those of Superman, Spider-Man, and Batman, provides insight into how media’s messages influence the culture’s ethical values. As an extension of ideas presented by Friedrich Nietzsche, Joseph Campbell, and Umberto Eco, this dissertation argues that superhero tales must be regarded as modern mythology.