Interview with Daniel Henderson

What are you working on next?
While I am currently working on the last few months of my Full Sail career, my current projects include an Urban Fantasy series starring a group of ragtag monster hunters, an alternate history Sci-Fi series based on the idea that the Manhattan project made robots instead of nuclear bombs, and expanding my repertoire of sample work for use in getting into the TV writing industry.
Who are your favorite authors?
This is a tough one, as I find my answers to often be very typical of many other writers. A lot of the big authors that have inspired me include J.R.R. Tolkein, Neil Gaiman, and J.K. Rowling. A lot of my inspirations come from non-book material too, such as the Warhammer 40,000 universe, shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and a host of Comic Books ranging from Superman to Saga.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Besides a tight schedule (as I hate being super late), what really inspires me to get out of bed and be productive is the idea to create and play with the many characters I have developed and grown fond of over the years. Many characters that have been stewing about for years in my head have played a heavy role in driving me forward, keeping me on my toes as I ponder new ideas and paths for them to follow. In addition, the prospect of a big event or get together with friends can really help get me moving.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
While it is no where near my most productive moments, I really enjoy simply lurking the internet. From forums on my favorite hobbies to social media and YouTube, I spend a lot of time consuming the little details of the world wide web.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
While I am sad to say the first piece of fiction I ever wrote has been lost to the sands of time, I do remember a small journal I kept when I was around 5 or 6. An entry read, "The craziest thing happened today. I will never forget this for the rest of my life!".

It is, of course, forgotten.
What is your writing process?
I love to day dream. Day in and day out I spend bits of my time imagining characters and putting them into bizarre situations or pondering how exactly their world reacts to them and vice versa. When these day dreams and ideas boil over into something solid like a specific situation or event, I try and throw it onto the page all at once. (I really need to work on my "planning stage" a bit more...)
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
While the order of what stories I read and when are a bit fuzzy, I do remember one of the first biggest reading moments of my life. It was the Lord of the Rings, and my father so graciously would read it to me during bedtime. We made it through most of the trilogy, with The Return of the King finished on my own accord. It was my first taste of epic fantasy and larger then life stories in written form. It helped put a lot of things in perspective.
How do you approach cover design?
Sadly, I am not a graphic designer. In fact, at the moment, my only cover is very much a basic design spat out by a Book Cover generator. But I do love the abstract and mysterious. Dark shadows, looming figures, dramatic landscapes. As I continue to churn out work, I hope these things will start to show through in my work.
What do you read for pleasure?
Comic books. They are dynamic and fun, with the best ones creating some very memorable imagery and characters. I have a penchant for the bizarre (Howard the Duck, Saga) and the over-the-top (Harley Quinn, Superman, Green Lantern).
Describe your desk
An absolute mess. Computer, writing notes, homework, book-to-read pile, hobby things like Magic cards and dice and a constant space I carve out for food while I "work". Sorry if you were hoping for neat and organized. Maybe some day.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
My life is rather divided by where I lived, mostly due to having a brand new set of friends each time I moved. For my single digit childhood, I lived in Arizona, in a large walled off apartment complex. I spent a lot of time with a mixture of video games and running around outside with friends. It was full of variety and adventure, probably the solid foundation for my love of bonds of friendship and exploration. For my teens and early twenties, I lived in Michigan (big difference...) where I gained a nice understanding and appreciation of the arts and community (through a great theater program at my school/local community and being closer to blood relatives, respectively).
Published 2016-03-19.
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Books by This Author

And In Enters the Pale Man
Price: Free! Words: 3,210. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
"And In Enters the Pale Man" is a collection of three Flash Fiction stories collected from my time attending Full Sail University. The stories theme around the concept of loss and have a dark tone.