Interview with David W Runyan II

What do you read for pleasure?
I read history for pleasure. These are the records of those long departed but in their words we can assist our imagination in forming more vivid assumptions. History also helps us develop the art of discerning fact from fiction because not all history is accurate and not all history agrees with our preconceptions. When one, through a study of the historical record, calls into question his own beliefs, he can be considered genuinely mature.
What do your fans mean to you?
Excellent question. My followers are in 3 categories. There are those like myself who become filled with wonder at the compelling art which nature creates so effortlessly and masterfully. It's not about the photographer. It's not about the equipment. It's about natural beauty. Then there are those who either don't have time or sufficiently good health to go into the places I travel. These people explore and admire natural beauty vicariously through my chronicles. Lastly there are those who grew up as children in New England and have found it necessary to leave. They are perpetually homesick because New England etches herself into your soul. My work helps them reconnect with that special place of their childhood. In conclusion, my followers are the reason I share and without them I could leave the camera at home and simply let me eyes and memory form an internal chronology of nature art for my own personal enjoyment.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
The laptop. Must have the large screen for working with photos!
Describe your desk
Organized mayhem.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
That's an excellent question. I grew up in a town 15 miles west of Boston. When we first arrived in 1963, the town was rural and loaded with forests which my friends and I explored daily. By the time I was a teenager, the town had exploded with overdevelopment to a point where there wasn't so much as a postage stamp of forest remaining. The terrestrial demise of that town is what drove me to raise my own children in the rural splendor of the North Quabbin region of Western Massachusetts. It was an ideal place to raise my sons. They're grown and gone but it would take 10 teams of wild horses to drag me out of my beloved Quabbin home.
When did you first start writing?
Like most people, I started writing shortly after learning how to write as a child. Letters to pen pals, love letters to girlfriends, poems inspired by melancholy. These writs of my youth remained alive inside until I found myself with enough free quiet time to write again. The subject matter has changed. The passion has not.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Wonders with Winter inspires people to understand that the most dreaded season holds its own kind of beauty and for the observer or photographer, Winter is a time to be outside reaping an abundant harvest of nature art as opposed to watching television and sliding into cabin fever induced depression.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I don't write to generate wealth. I write to share. Commercial publishers would have zero interest in my work and I know this so is there any sense in attempting to persuade them to publish material they wouldn't so much as review before rejecting?
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I am always amazed at how thoughts flow from my inner silent mind. My speaking engagements are not nearly as eloquent.
What are you working on next?
Several ebooks are underway. Elegance Untended is a chronicle on wildflowers and in particular their inherent sensuality, flair and elegance despite being alone to tend to their own survival. Daybreak and Dusk is a chronicle of sunrises and sunsets. Water Falls - Water Flows is a chronicle about mountain streams, cascades and water falls captured using low angle light and long shutter for the dreamy soft water effect.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The alarm.
Published 2017-05-21.
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Books by This Author

Wonders with Winter
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 930. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Photography - how to, Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Amateur naturalist
Wonders with Winter demonstrates the numerous opportunities awaiting the photographer during the season when most photographers put the gear away and await springtime. But in reality the dead season is alive with frosty photo fodder: snowscapes, snowflakes, ice forms over streams, ice coatings from freezing rain and icicles on houses.
Mad About Mushrooms
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,010. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Photography - Photo books, Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Nature
Mad About Mushrooms is a romantic peek at the world of forest fungi, presented as they self-express in nature, bold and whimsical. This book is predominantly a gallery of mushroom portraits with commentary on how they impress and inspire me. Added to the commentary are various notes on photographic technique and some observable facts and curiosities about mushrooms.
Flights of Fancy
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,350. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Animals, Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Gardening
Flights of Fancy is a book about dragonflies; scientific facts regarding their anatomy and behaviors and techniques for approaching them, befriending them and capturing their portraits using simple gear. The book concludes with a gallery of images presenting the beauty and curiosity of these fascinating aviators.
Enchanting Evanescence
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,670. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Crafts - General, Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Photography - how to
Enchanting Evanescence presents a gallery of snowflake portraits and an explanation on how to photograph snowflakes yourself without expensive equipment. It also provides facts about snowflake science and honors the life work of Wilson Bentley, the first person to successfully photograph a snowflake; a feat he accomplished in 1885.