Interview with Dave Preston

What are you working on next?
Having published Try and Stop Me - A Father's Poetry, I'm now working on a novel based on this true story. A daughter, barely fifteen years old and apparently coping with life, was not coping at all. She tried to kill herself seven times, and she was getting better at it with each attempt. This is the story of a father's desperate struggle to try and stop her. (And it's way more fun to write, and hopefully read, than you'd think!)
Who are your favorite authors?
My "favourite" authors are like my "favourite" foods, drinks, songs, whatevers... it all depends on my mood and circumstance, and there are far too many to list. (And not enough time to add to the list!)
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The things I didn't get done yesterday and the potential joy of doing them today.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I garden, make furniture (rustic, not fine!) and play guitar. I live by the ocean and should walk along the beach more, and I can't explain why I don't.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Friends recommend them and I occasionally browse online, searching by subject matter, usually.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Unfortunately, yes. It was about a young cowboy who got shot and fell out of a haystack. I wrote it when I was 7 and I'm pleased to say no trace of it exists.
What is your writing process?
Unlike many writers I never carry a notebook, even though I have many. I write almost everything at the computer and work like a quilter. I may draft pieces that run anywhere from 250 to 2000 words, then eventually arrange them in an order that seems to work for the book. I hate throwing words away so I work hard at finding a place for them. I know that's not good practice for an author.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Mishka and the White Reindeer, which I had to read at primary school. I've always loved animals and enjoyed discovering or projecting their unique personalities. I suppose this book gave me permission to create and tell stories about wildlife. One of my first stories (never published) was similar to Wind in the Willows.
How do you approach cover design?
I'm rubbish at freehand drawing and painting so I browse my photos looking for ideas. I also try to condense the book into one or two visual ideas and take it from there. I have lots of fun using Photochop, InDesign, etc. and must admit I easily get distracted and diverted so the end result is nothing like the original idea. I've used professional designers, too, and often seek advice, but I tend to work on my own more these days.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Argh! Questions like this I find too hard to answer. I hate placing anything in order of preference or priority, and if I did I know that 24 hours later I'd disagree with myself. Sorry!
What do you read for pleasure?
All kinds of stuff. Biographies of musicians and actors, travelogues, humorous novels, and historical (usually local) nonfiction.
Published 2016-10-17.
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Books by This Author

Try and Stop Me - A Daughter's Challenge, A Father's Poetry
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,830. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Nonfiction » Parenting » Psychiatric disorders
My daughter, fifteen years old and apparently coping with life, was not coping at all. She tried to kill herself seven times. She was in desperate need of medical help and serious parenting. Try and Stop Me was the terrifying message I read daily in her face, in her actions, and in a loud, angry silence that fiercely grew between us. It was a challenge I had to accept. The poetry is our story.
Yorkshire's Christmas Recipes
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,690. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Seasonal
Enjoy these traditional Yorkshire Christmas foods and a few yuletide drinks to go with them! The recipes are simple to make and call for ingredients found in most local markets and grocery stores. Delicious food from the lusty moors and dales and the bustling towns and cities of this great county will fill your kitchen with Christmas cheer and nourish you and your guests throughout the season!
The Story of Butchart Gardens
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 32,960. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Home & Garden » Gardening, Nonfiction » History » North America
How did Jenny Butchart turn an ugly, disused limestone quarry into the world’s most famous private garden? Over 100 years later, Butchart Gardens still attracts almost a million visitors from around the globe, to enjoy a world created by an unrivalled green-thumb visionary. Filled with myth, legend, and love, this is a cheerfully told story, as colourful and unique as the gardens themselves.
Take Three - A Play by Dave Preston
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,680. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2013. Categories: Plays » Canadian
Take three women and listen to the stories they tell here for the first time. Hear how unremarkable lives can become quite remarkable when they strip away the hair, the clothes, the makeup, the smile and reveal themselves for who they really are. Mixing their laughter with tears, each one struggles, each one wrestles with the past and fears the future. But which one of them has true hope?
Waiting for Godonlyknows - A Play by Dave Preston
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,350. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2013. Categories: Plays » Canadian
Godot revisited by two luckless pilgrims camped out in the disappearing wilderness. Equal shots of humour and pathos fuel this look at rampant consumerism and a society that threatens to bulldoze everything into the ocean, for the price of creature comforts.
Personals - A Play by Dave Preston
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,290. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2013. Categories: Plays » Canadian, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Love, hate, passion, need, lies and lust... and somewhere in there is the truth. The crazy, painful world of personals, where people advertise themselves for emotional sale to the highest bidder. Sometimes a no-rules, bare-knuckle brawl, and sometimes a match made in heaven (or in fine print). Personals had a sellout premier at the Victoria Fringe Festival - "Dark, biting, timeless humour."
Rails & Rooms - A Timeless Canadian Journey
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 72,660. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » History » North America
From Halifax to Victoria, clear across Canada, Dave Preston rode the rails, exploring what was once the most popular mode of transport in the country. Days and nights spent rollicking across the amazing and diverse geography of Canada were punctuated by stays at some of the country's oldest and most prestigious hotels; those built by the railway companies to entice the most affluent of travellers.
It's Time I Told You
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,910. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Canadian Poetry, Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Emotions
Love can be a fleeting moment of deepest joy, or the journey of a lifetime. Here's a collection of love poems from all stages of the journey, some illustrated by the author's photography and artwork. The pieces range from finding and nurturing love, creating romance, through riding out the storms of a relationship, to acceptance of the relationship as being beyond control. Love hurts and heals.
All is Bright - A Yorkshire Lad's Christmas
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 36,060. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Derek Bradley’s just like any other daft young lad growing up in the 1960s - unique. Through his brutally honest eyes and ears we see what a Yorkshire village Chtistmas was. It’s how Christmas used to be – real, fun, and real funny. “We like it!” BBC Radio Award-winning author Dave Preston was born and raised in rural Yorkshire. This is his funniest book. Also includes Yorkshire recipes.