Interview with Derek Dunmyer

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
It's the deliberate and disciplined series of compelling, inspiring and overarching long-range-goals and objectives that you have established for yourself, broken down into short-term, medium-term and long-term perspectives, and covering all the major life dimensions, followed by a systematic game plan, to drive you.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I read more than anyone I know, probably to excess. — The same way you read them if you are 20 or 30. I’m 61, and almost everything I read is on my Kindle, including my periodicals. No one remembers 100% of what they read.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I remember I was a 5th grade student, residing in the Army hostel and going to central school. My hostel had a mediocre library and every Sunday we were allowed to take one book for reading for maximum 15 days, after that one can renew it.
What is your writing process?
I sit down for the day, get my coffee, and start by editing what I’ve done the day before. That gets my head in the story, and (sometimes with a cursory check of the outline) the editing flows straight into the writing for that day.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I'm not sure I would have been ready to really grasp it years ago, I wish I had read "Stumbling on Happiness" by Daniel Gilbert before I started Pandora. It's a fantastic book with a simple, but profound insight. The basic insight is that humans are both bad at predicting what will make them happy, and bad at remembering what made them happy.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I am a massive reader, have been all my life. I read anything, and everything, in huge quantities. These days most of what I read are scholarly policy works and briefing papers, so listing my favourite fiction is really tough. I guess starting with a few authors for whom I’ve read just about everything they’ve ever written: Stephen King, Neal Stephenson, and Tad Williams. Other recently-read novels I’ve loved: La part de l’autre by Eric-Emmanuel Schmidt, and Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.

Other favourites:

Non-fiction: Gardens of Democracy, by Eric Liu and Nick Hanauer; Champlain’s Dream, by David Hackett Fischer
What do you read for pleasure?
The general mental benefits, what you are reading has additional benefits as well. When reading you could be increasing your knowledge on a topic or training your brain to solve problems. Reading is like weight lifting for your brain.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
There are some really clever things we can do with digital marketing these days, from capturing new customers to securing loyal advocates
When did you first start writing?
I don't make extensive outlines. I feel they takes away from the magic of the writing process. I like to be the first reader of my story--to get excited every morning when I sit down to write. To me, outlines are a distraction to avoid doing the work.
What do your fans mean to you?
I want to be the friend he needs,

Who hears what he doesn't say.

I want to make his heart skip beats,

Be the love that doesn't sway.
Published 2017-05-08.
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