Interview with David Pritchard

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Kingston, New York, but my family moved back to Texas when I was very young. I grew up in Houston, then travelled a bit before going to college in Austin. The more solitary pursuits, such as backpacking, rock-climbing, and surfing interested me more when I was younger. I suppose the fact that my personal bucket-list items were being accomplished at a relatively young age, now provides me with a fairly solid resource-pool of life experiences from which to draw inspiration for some of my writing. I also spent a lot of time in the country with my grandparents, which I think helps to give me insight into relationships with friends and family. But overall, I think anything a person experiences in life can be potential fodder for writing.
When did you first start writing?
Other than my college years, I would say I started writing in earnest about 1990.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Proximate Cause is a compilation of a lot of experiences. While living in California in the early 1990s, I used to go rock-climbing and backpacking with a bunch of guys from an insurance company I worked for. Some of these guys were former cops, FBI agents and the like who moved into the private sector. We used to sit around the campfire telling war-stories. Mine had to do with climbing adventures, while theirs were tales of murderers and arsonists. The idea for the book first stemmed from those trips and evolved over the years.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Time. Nothing more. I work full-time, and manage a family ranch. Those two endeavors along eat up most of my available time to really push for getting published through the traditional channels. And I won't mention the epic honey-do list my wife adds to the mix. That would just get me in trouble.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Storytelling is the greatest of all escapes, in my opinion. I'm an artist and I love to paint and draw. I also enjoy photography, because you can get instant gratification from a photograph, compared to a painting that might take me weeks. Again, it's a time thing for me.

What's cool about art is that you create a visual image for people to see and interpret as they seem fit. You can try and achieve a similar result with writing, but it's much more difficult to do so with words. The lack of visual clues, that lack of tangible paint on canvas leaves the challenge up to the author. He or she must paint this vivid sensory image in the reader's mind, and that is a skill to aspire to. I know I still have a very long way to go.
What are you working on next?
I have a sequel to Proximate Cause already in the works, as well as two other unrelated mysteries.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The evil little alarm clock on my nightstand, with his beady-eyed red numerals.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working on the ranch, photography, fishing, and painting when time allows.
Describe your desk
A large monitor (so I can see)
Speakers (for listening to music while I write or work on photographs)
Drawing tablet and a scanner (for photography and digital artwork)
A little cluttered, but not too messy... probably mirrors my mind!
Published 2014-05-22.
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Books by This Author

Proximate Cause
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 92,270. Language: English. Published: May 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
It's a quiet night in Austin, Texas until a gas explosion near the University shakes up the neighborhood and leads authorities to a body and several unusual finds at the debris site. Mutual concern that the cause of death may actually be a homicide, leads local police and insurance investigator Steve Latham down a twisted path to discover the proximate cause of the victim's death.