Interview with Daven Anderson

What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Online presence and advertising. My blog and Facebook were crucial in getting me to where I am today.
Describe your desk
My writing desk centers around my PowerSpec desktop, my dedicated "writing" computer.
Relatively tidy, but has the expected pile of printed manuscripts for critique group review.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Denver area, Colorado. It turns out that the mountains of Colorado would be a very logical place for my Vampire characters to have their headquarters compound. Colorado is one of the safest locations in the US as far as "natural disasters" are concerned, and a location in the mountains near Denver would offer both seclusion and relatively easy access to transportation (railroads in the 19th Century, over time adding Interstate highways and airports).
When did you first start writing?
2009. A co-worker lent me the "Twilight" novels, and after reading them, I knew I could create a "better" Vampire tale than that. Everyone who's read "Vampire Syndrome" in the years since seems to agree.
What's the story behind your latest book?
In terms of "outline", I have a new series set on another planet, a variation on the "sword and planet" sci-fi trope, yet with no Earth visitors, and from the point of view of a native protagonist.
My current work in progress is "Vampire Invasion", third and final book of the "Vampire Syndrome" saga.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
In 2012, "Vampire Syndrome" was read by two editors at major publishing companies. Both of them praised the work, but felt that the concept of a Vampire with Down Syndrome was too risky to market.
The books their companies have released since then reflect their lack of risk-taking, sorry to say.
Their books in the "vampire" category are simply put to shame by the best indie books.
A friend of mine, Brian McKinley, had queried his "Ancient Blood" novel around that same time. His book is one of the best "vampire" books ever (and was not 'questionable' from a marketing standpoint). I knew when the "Big Five" (major New York publishers) didn't accept it, it was time to move on from Big Five vampire books, both as a reader and as an author.
It is worth noting that my series and Brian's series are now in preliminary TV development.
Hollywood TV production companies are now seeking some indie authors' work, as the Big Five's narrowing marketing formulae are imposing a "sameness" on the Big Five books pitched to them, and indie authors unburdened by those formulae are free to publish the original stories and themes that may attract the attention of TV producers and networks tired of the same old "Big Five" risk-free books.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords enables me to distribute my book to libraries for free, and "word-of-mouth" from readers is still the best advertising.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being able to pay literary tribute to all the wonderful persons with special needs that I've known over the years.
In a way that shows a differently-abled individual as a "real human being" overcoming problems, not as a sugary-sweet caricature.
What do your fans mean to you?
I want to show the humanity of differently-abled individuals to an audience who would never watch "Forrest Gump" or "Rain Man", great as those movies may be.
The most satisfying moments of my life have been when differently-abled individuals' family members praise my protagonist as having the same "real" emotional and personal qualities as their loved one.
What are you working on next?
"Vampire Invasion" (book three of the saga), my new series, and TV screenplays for "Vampire Syndrome"
Who are your favorite authors?
It's Philip K. Dick's world, we just live in it.

Too many to list, but my favorite class of authors would be the sci-fi authors active from the 1940's to the 1980's
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Driving my classic car to the mountains, and hiking once I get there.
Published 2017-09-26.
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Books by This Author

Vampire Syndrome (2012 Edition)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 77,970. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Horror » Undead
New Vampire Jack Wendell fights to stay one step ahead of Vampire security agents ordered to terminate him. Lilith, President of the Vampires, wishes to protect Jack. Her husband Damien, chief of Vampire Security, wants Jack dead. Husband and wife play a deadly game of chess, with Jack as their innocent pawn. And none of them are safe from the alien Pure Vampires laying in wait for Jack.
Vampire Conspiracy
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 86,020. Language: American English. Published: October 17, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Jack Wendell, a new Human Vampire with Down Syndrome, continues his struggle for survival in ‘Vampire Conspiracy'. Jack's fellow Human Vampires discover his secret power, which the alien Pures covet. Jack leverages his power as a bargaining tool to start uneasy peace negotiations between the Humans and the Pures. Can Jack defeat an adversary he knows nothing about, yet knows everything about him?
The Vampire's Confession: Truth Or Con Sequences
Price: Free! Words: 2,990. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
What happens inside the mind of a vampire when he attends a writer's group? A mystery writer debuts his new true-story-based murder mystery to his writer's group. But one of his fellow writers knows the truth behind the true story.
Vampire Syndrome
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 77,830. Language: American English. Published: August 24, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Horror » Undead
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New Vampire Jack Wendell fights to stay one step ahead of Vampire security agents ordered to terminate him. Lilith, President of the Vampires, wishes to protect Jack. Her husband Damien, chief of Vampire Security, wants Jack dead. Husband and wife play a deadly game of chess, with Jack as their innocent pawn. And none of them are safe from the alien Pure Vampires laying in wait for Jack.