Interview with David Donaghe

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Southern California and some of what I write is about that location. I also write about other places I have been.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing short stories when I was in grade school, but I quit for a while. The voices in my head wouldn't shut up, so I had to start writing again. I have been writing every chance I get for the last ten years.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The latest book that I have published is book two in the Space Corps Chronicles, The Battle battle for Mars. It is a story of revolution on the red planet.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have some books published by traditional publishers, but I got tired of them having all the control and I got tired of waiting, plus some of what the small time publishes do to promote your work, you can do yourself.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has greatly contributed to my success. If not for their distribution service, my books wouldn't be in nearly half of the markets that they are.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Creating an entire new world or person. Sometimes the characters and setting in a book can seem so real, that they almost are. Thinking about this gave me the idea for one of my first novels, Tale Spinner, the story of a timid New York accountant who gets teleported into the world of the Western novel he is reading. The book is an exciting ride that crosses genres.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean the world to me and they can contact me any time at If not for my fans, who would read my words?
What are you working on next?
Right now I am working on two projects. In The Wind, the squeal to my biker fiction novel, Thunder Road and The Battle For Planet Earth, the third book in the Space Corps Chronicles.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors are, Steven King, to me he is the master of his genre, Dean Koonts, William Johnstone, Louis Lamour, John Locke and a bunch of other Indie authors.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
A good cell phone alarm clock. Even though I consider myself as a successful writer, I still have a day job and I have to go to work in the morning.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I am not writing or working, I enjoy spending my time with my family, and that includes my extended family, The American Cruisers motorcycle club. There is nothing like rolling down the highway with my brothers and sisters with my face in the wind. It brings me peace and it is when I get most of the ideas for my short stories and novels.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Through email list and from recommendations from friends on social networking sites.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I wrote that I tried to have someone publish was called, Some Call it Madness. It was a story about a young man who saw monsters. It didn't do too well but I enjoyed writing it.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I have been a constant reader since I was old enough to hold a book. I guess the earliest story I ever read that had an impact on me was, To Build a Fire by Jack London. I was young at the time and the thought of going off into the wilds of Alaska and trying to survive excited me.
How do you approach cover design?
Right now, I find a picture I like, but the rights and make my own covers.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle first generation and I love it. I love it because it has built in WIfi and I don't have to connect to a Wifi network to use it. I can down load books from anywhere.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Using Face Book Twitter and giving away some of my books for free.
Describe your desk
My desk in its former life was an old sowing machine table. It is small and cluttered with my computer, moniter and printer all crammed into a small space, but I make it work.
What is your writing process?
I write in the evening, after I'm done with social networking and doing on line promotion for my work.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. The Stand by Stephen King-because I like its message. I think you must make your stand against evil every day.
2. Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain- I think there is a small boy in every man who would love to have lived Tom's life.
3. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain- for the same reason.
4.The Shack by William P Young- for its message.
5. Unintended Consequences by John Ross, because the book is one of the most informative books you can read when it comes to our 2nd amendment rights. If you don't understand the US gun laws and why things are the way they are now, then read this book.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love anything my Stephen King, but I read a lot of Indie authors. I love horror fiction, action adventure, some erotica, westerns you name it. I think to be a good writer, reading must be one of your passions. You must be a consumer of words.
How do you define success as a writer?
If you have published books out there and people are reading your words, then I consider that success. To me it's not about making a lot of money. It's about reaching people and touching their lives by telling a good tale, but of course I would like to be more successful and take my books to the next level so I can reach more readers.
What are your plans and your goals?
My goals are to one day be able to support myself with my writing. My plans for the future are to continue putting words on the page.
Published 2014-03-27.
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Books by This Author

The House on Maple Street: An Erotic Horror Story
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 90,570. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal, Fiction » Horror » Ghost
When late night talk show radio host, John David Ford, agrees to spend the night in the town's haunted house, little does he know the passions that will ignite between he and his sexy little sound tech, Laura Devlin, or the horror they will endure inside The House on Maple Street.
The Battle for Mars
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 94,790. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
When the miners on Mars form a trade union and call a planet wide strike, the Council of Economic Unions on Earth order the federal forces on Mars to take a firm hand, but when the federal Marines execute the union leadership live on the vid stream, Eddie Falcon, leader of the so called terrorist organization known as The People's Fist calls for all out war on Mars.
The Battle for Europa
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 113,240. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
(3.00 from 1 review)
The Battle for Europa is a tale of revolution in the twenty third Century. Earth and colonies in the solar system are ruled by The Council of Economic Unions on Earth. The council rules with an iron fist. When Shawn Gallagher, an ice miner on Europa launches a miner's strike, it is a ruse for rebellion. The ice on the surface of Europa will turn red with blood in The Battle for Europa.
Tales From The Lost Highway
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 80,530. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
If you enjoyed the Caveman Action Adventure Series, you’ll love Tales From the Lost Highway, The Caveman Action Adventure Series Omnibus. Follow Caveman and his bros in the Road Dogs MC from Biker Heaven, to the pits of Biker Hell.
The Dark Rider
Price: Free! Words: 9,800. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
When The Dark Rider rolls into Harlem Springs Arizona, his first victim is Tracy, a dancer at The High Noon Saloon. The virus soon spreads, not only through The Rod Dogs motorcycle club, but also through out the town. When Cave Man and his bros in Biker Heaven hear that the bros on Earth are in trouble, they go on the hunt for the evil vampire known as The Dark Rider
The Woolly Boys
Price: Free! Words: 6,490. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult
(3.50 from 2 reviews)
When a pack of werewolves on motorcycles roll into The High Noon Saloon and attack the Road Dogs clubhouse, Chico and the bros flee into the desert and take refuge at their cabin. while the hairy beasts take Harlem Springs Arizona, Cave Man and his bros leave Biker Heaven and help the Road Dogs fight off a pack of blood thirsty werewolves and their demonic friends.
Price: Free! Words: 7,650. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult
Cave Man leaves Biker Heaven and takes a ride through time. He goes back to a simpler time and place, watching the young soldier who would be his father come back from the war. He watches the Road Dogs come into existence. He watches the love between a father and a son grow, and in the process, learns to understand his father and love him all the more for it.
Lead Belly
Price: Free! Words: 9,850. Language: English. Published: February 24, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
When Cheri dies from an overdose, Lead Belly falls into a pit of despair. His bros in the Road Dogs motorcycle club try to help, but when they leave, Lead Belly picks up his 357 and starts playing Russian Roulette, but that's when Cave Man showed up. With death only a trigger pull away, Cave Man jumps on his spirit bike and rides, because Biker Heaven can wait, when one of the bros are in trouble.
Bring a Brother Home.
Price: Free! Words: 10,590. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
When you are about to breathe your last breath and the Grim Riper is knocking on your door, it's good to have a brother by your side. When Sonny, former Road Dogs president, is down and out with cancer and about to cross over to the other side, Cave Man comes back to bring a brother home; to fight off the Grim Reaper and a band of evil little demons that are trying to drag Sonny's soul to hell.
The Devil's Punch Bowl
Price: Free! Words: 9,270. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
When the Hell Raiser motorcycle club moves on the Road Dogs turf, Cave Man and a band of trouble shooters from beyond come back from Biker Heaven to help, because this is more than just a motorcycle beef; it's a battle for souls. The final confrontation takes place in The Devil's Punch bowl, a dry lake bed where the Road Dogs MC battle the Hell Raisers, along with a band of the Devil's imps.
Biker Heaven
Price: Free! Words: 8,980. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
When the zombie outbreak occurs in 1968, Cave Man, all though bitten himself, helps his bros in the Road Dogs motorcycle club reach safety. In the end, Cave man has the choice, either become one of the undead, or let the road take him and die like a biker, earning a one way ticket to Biker Heaven.