Interview with Dañiel L. Garcia

When did you first start writing?
I first started writing around the beginning of 2000. It was the age of the messageboard forum roleplaying games. We roleplayed our characters by writing out their actions.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I actually do, I just wish I had saved a copy of it. At the moment it is lost somewhere in the wide reaches of the internet. I recall what happens in general, I wish I could check up on the details again.
I remember underwater glass domes, a group of three people, bar fights, and dragons.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It was around 2009 while I was studying in Japan. I had the idea for a backstory for a character I had played in my head and that germinated over the years into the desire to write it. It seems stereotypical, so I spent time on working it out seriously. During my studies I also realized that I prefered to create my own materials, stories, characters, rather than writing about other people's works.
After learning about self-publishing I thought that was the way to go. I felt I would likely never get into a traditional publishing house with my novel, at least not without waiting for years. That's why I chose this route, I can get my stories out and concentrate on the next.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being able to bring the things I have in my mind to life. I also do 3D animation and I think writing complements that. It's a little faster in letting me create the characters that I want.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read mostly science fiction or fantasy, also more academic books when there is an interesting subject. At the moment I'm reading books by Japanese authors Uehashi Nahoko and Kikuchi Hideyuki.
I also love reading comics, which are a part of literature that is often overlooked.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favourite authors are Piers Anthony, Douglas Adams, Isaac Asimov, Kikuchi Hideyuki, and Uehashi Nahoko. I grew up reading most of their books as a child and I like each for their particular talents and how they tell their stories.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My alarm clock :)
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
At the moment I still have my day job that keeps me busy. Otherwise I keep reading all the Japanese books I have and get more practice in 3D animation/modelling and drawing. Spending time with my friends is also important for a balanced lifestyle.
What are you working on next?
I finished the manuscript for my first novel, and am now waiting for the final cover to be done. As soon as that is done I can concentrate on the second novel, which will finish that part of the chronicles of Terlan.
There are more novels I have in the planning stages so I'm looking forward to finishing those.
What do your fans mean to you?
I have fans already? I hope people like my work or at least the underlying ideas. I guess I'll know more when I get to meet them.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It allows me the freedom to publish my work just as I want it and when I want to. It also saves me time by being able to reach more people with less effort. It's already complicated enough to get everything organized as a beginner :)
How do you approach cover design?
I try to think of a scene or a particular image from my novel, then I gather some examples of styles, poses and pictures that evoke the feeling I tried to convey.
After that preparation I sit down with my cover artist and we talk about what I have in mind and go through what style could fit.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in various places since my father was in the military. I'm not sure how much that influenced my writing, but I always liked reading a lot to pass the time.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It mainly concerns Daedala and Asmada who travel in search justice and power. Daedala wants to save her family, while Asmada tries to rebuild a lost empire.
What is your writing process?
Gather ideas, let them germinate, throw away what isn't intersting, and outline the major points.
Describe your desk
Published 2017-12-28.
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Books by This Author

The Chronicles of Terlan: Nomo & Jo
Pre-release—available June 26, 2020. Price: $2.99 USD. Language: British English. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
The final days of Terlan continue as the Qual'ken Nomo & the Barbarian Jo journey in search of allies.
The Chronicles of Terlan: Daedala
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 77,510. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
The Chronicles of Terlan describe the lives of the inhabitants of the forgotten continent Terlan, which is guarded by dragons. These tales tell of the time before, and during the events leading to Terlan's destruction. Daedala, a deaf woman brought back to life as an Immortal, is caught in these events.
Nur eine kurze Zeit
Price: Free! Words: 8,340. Language: German. Published: November 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Eine kurze Novelle einer jungen Frau, deren Leben aus den Fugen gerät. Nach einem verheerenden Tag kann sie nicht mehr zwischen Zukunft und Vergangenheit unterscheiden.
Just For A While
Price: Free! Words: 8,360. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
A shortstory about a young woman, in a world not like our own, whose life is brought into chaos. After a fateful day she is unable to tell the future from the past.