Interview with David Hadley

What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. They are partners in the enterprise. Without a reader a novel, a story, a tale, a poem, are just words waiting. It takes a reader to breathe life into them, give them meaning and direction.
What are you working on next?
Several things. I have various works at various stages of completion. I work on first second and third drafts of different projects at the same time.

A couple of the current ones are out and out silly funny works, while one is a more serious novel that lies somewhere between a ghost story, a science fiction story and a fantasy.
Who are your favorite authors?
Far too many to mention, really.

But I suppose Stephen King, because as Sean Platt said, 'he doesn't write horror, he writes people.' And he does it so well lots of people always want to buy his books.

Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett, Tom Holt, P.G. Wodehouse for their humour.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I like mornings and think they are the best part of the day.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, walking, laughing, eating.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Mainly through personal recommendation from friends and GoodReads, which is usually the same thing.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No. Well, there have been several, things written as a child and so on.

(Although, if you Google my name and 'Dolly the Sheep', you will find one of my early ones in various places on the web.)
What is your writing process?
First thing in the morning, every morning, I write a set number of words on a blank page (currently I have a target of at least 400 and I'm going to increase that to 500 soon), with no aim in mind but to get that number of words done as soon as I can. This is why and how I come up with so much surreal and silly pieces.

Later some of these get extended to various degrees if there is a bigger story there.
Then into 9 sentence outlines and then in a 60 point outline, then those points are expanded to about 150 words each. Then the first draft is written (word target of 2000 words a day).
That is left for a month, then the long slow second draft turns that into a novel, short story or whatever, then a month after the second draft, the final third draft polish and sharpen.
Then it is done.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Not really. I feel as though I've been reading all my life. And that is a long time.

Maybe Ray Bradbury's Martian Chronicles is the one that first really sparked my imagination.
What do you read for pleasure?
I don't like the concept of genre so I read most of them indiscriminately. I'm not keen on romance or erotica, but more or less everything else.

I love non-fiction: history, science, current affairs, politics.

Anything that makes me want to read it really.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle.

I like the e-ink technology. It makes it easy to read for long periods without eye strain.

Nowadays I prefer e-reading to paper books, something that I would not have believed possible even a few years ago.
Published 2014-06-19.
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Books by This Author

Juggling Balls
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 96,860. Language: British English. Published: August 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Juggling Balls - a science fiction comedy featuring time travel, mind control implants and a future religion that claims an Elvis Presley clone as its saviour. Oh, and an interplanetary terraced house.
The Woman with the Golden Sex Spatula
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 34,070. Language: British English. Published: November 21, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Someone has stolen the most valuable erotic artefact in the British National Museum of Perversion: The Golden Sex Spatula. To solve the mystery, the UK’s Central Perversion Enforcement Directorate has no choice but to call in the directorate’s leading experts in all that is rude and naughty: Norbert Trouser-Quandary and his wife Maureen, from the village of Little Frigging in the Wold.
All Nude Chicken Intriguing
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 49,790. Language: British English. Published: November 11, 2017. Categories: Essay » Literature, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
A massive miscellany of hilariously surreal inconsequence.
Have a Go
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 17,890. Language: British English. Published: March 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(3.00 from 1 review)
All John Russell wanted was a nice cup of tea. But when he accidentally foils an armed bank robbery as he tries to protect his young daughter from the gunmen he becomes an unwilling have-a-go hero and has his life is changed forever.
An Undulation of a Shadow’s Edge
Price: Free! Words: 7,620. Language: British English. Published: February 28, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Dark creatures writhe in the city’s shadows, Claire has seen them and seen their hungry eyes watching her… and waiting.
Twisting The Night Away
Price: Free! Words: 5,360. Language: British English. Published: July 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(Short story – 5,000 words approx.) What could be a better way of getting an ex-girlfriend back than a magic carpet ride through the night to a romantic evening together in some alternate dimension? That is, providing you can find something to do with the extraneous duck.
The Sexiest Elbows I'd Ever Seen
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 12,560. Language: British English. Published: June 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
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