Interview with D. Avraham

What inspired you to be a writer?
I'm not sure any one thing inspired me to be a writer. To a certain extent I write because I have to. I have a need to express my thoughts and put my creations out there. If you'll excuse the metaphor, like giving birth: Once the woman is pregnant, she hasn't much choice but to deliver the baby. That said, the choice to publish, or more precisely to try and publish is a choice. I engage in several other creative mediums, such as drawing and music, but don't put them on public display. I choose to be a writer, in the sense that I present myself to the public as such because I think I have something to say, and I think there are people that want to, or need to hear it. My writing also inspires me to think and examine ideas. When I have to present those ideas to other people, I am forced to take a deeper, critical look at them. I was encouraged to write from an early age by my family. Also, in school, I learned that I could write a really amazing essay without really understanding the topic and get a good grade. I had a talent for writing. People liked my stories, and that inspires you to write more.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up stuffed in a box, and this severely effected my writing because it was so cramped and the light was so dim ....

Seriously, I grew up in a white middle class suburb of Cleveland, Ohio, and the hardship of it all forced me to use my imagination so I could escape the harsh reality of a stable loving and supportive environment.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I wrote my first story (that I recall) at the age of six or seven. It was an illustrated mystery called “Zero and the Case of the Missing Vase.” It was a limited edition. I made only one copy. My mother saved it. I've been writing stories ever since I could. I really enjoyed all the creative writing opportunities in school. I don't think I had anything published till high school and that was only in school newspapers and the like.
What is your writing process?
Sometimes a story starts with a dialogue in my head. Sometimes it starts with an ending or with an idea and I sketch it out. Sometimes I am blessed with an entire story arc and I know how the entire story is going to go. When I start writing, I just write and write and write. Sometimes I'll fill page after page with dialogue and only afterwards go back and fill in details and description. It really depends on where the story takes me. The important part for me in the first step of the process is to let it flow, and not to intervene, not to over think it too much. I save that for later, as I take this golem the came out of my brain and form it into the semblance of a comprehensible story.

The first step in my editing process is to put the manuscript away for a month or so. Then I read through it and write a second draft, sometimes from scratch, and then compare the two. Afterwards, it's important to give the draft to others to look at it and make comments. It's always better to have a few people look at it, as everyone has a particular bias, but if a particular thing is unclear to everyone, then you can be pretty sure it's unclear. Then, I take all the questions and opinions and try and process them through the manuscript. Again, afterwards, it's best to let it sit, and then print it out and read it as if it were someone else's work.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Well, the first story I ever read, I think was Tip and Mitten, or something like that. I'm sure that all those stories I read as a kid impacted me, from Dr. Suess, to Encyclopedia Brown, to the Hardy Boys, and so on. However, the story that I remember effecting me the most was a short by Kurt Vonnegut I read when I was 11, "Harrison Bergeron." It has haunted me to this day, and has definitely shaped my view of the world, and the powers that try and control it.
Who are your favorite authors?
There really are so many. Usually, it's the author I'm reading right at the moment. However, there are authors that I can always read: Kurt Vonnegut, Isaac Asimov, Philip K. Dick, Ernest Hemingway, J.D. Salinger, J.R.R. Tolkien, Robert Jordan, William Gibson, Stephen King, Raymond Chandler, Mark Twain, Neil Gaiman, Edward Rice Burroughs, George Orwell, Ray Bradbury, Harper Lee, C.S. Lewis. That's off the top of my head. The list goes on and on and on ...
What do you read for pleasure?
Everything
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
When I find an effective one, I'll let you know.
Describe your desk
Four legs, flat surface on top.
What are you working on next?
I recently sold a short story to a SF Anthology, the Clash of the Titles. The story is called, "The Tick Tock Man," Here's the blurb: When the fabric of the universe begins to unravel, and the very existence of everything is threatened, the world's only hope, the foremost authority on time, seems to be on a multi dimensional vacation from reality ...
Published 2016-07-01.
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Off Wire
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