Interview with Dan Zangari

What do you read for pleasure?
Science Fiction and military history
When did you first start writing?
I started writing in my early 30's. It was more making maps of fictitious lands and telling my son stories I would make up. These stories began to gel into a basic story line. That story line has grown over the years to the stories we are writing today.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the desert of California and spent most of my time reading science fiction stories or playing Dungeons and Dragons. This instilled in me day dreams of being a knight or more specific a Paladin in a fictitious realm. It was from these early day dreams that I concieved the ideas that later became the basis for the stories my son and I have written. .
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I knew my son and I have good stories but trying to get them published seemed impossible through traditional means. We talked about self publishing and decided that eBooks would be a good way to ease into publishing our own stories.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy I get is from seeing my son get excited about our stories. He has a passion that keeps me going and wanting to write more. Also the collaboration process my son and I go through as we write has made our bond as father and son stronger. That's my joy, working with my son.
What is your writing process?
I start with a general idea or concept, for example a man gets sucked through a dimensional portal to a different dimension and he has to adapt to his new surroundings while trying to find a way back home. I take that and start writing general paragraphs of different scenes in the story. This becomes my story line. I then expand those paragraphs into chapters. Eventually developing the story enough that we can embellish it more to arrive at a final story.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's a continuation of the current series that brings the reader to a new and different world and the ultimate conclusion of the original story.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes it was the original genesis for the Tales of the Amulet series. It actually started with the next series of books the Chronicles or Lorn. I was convinced by a friend and author of her own books, to start he story at the beginning not in the middle as I had started it with the first book I was writing. So the actual first book I started has become the 6th book in the overall Legends of Kalda books.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors are Robert Heinlein and Isaac Asimov. Their ways of telling stories keeps me wanting to read and not put the book down.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein because he was a true futurist and his story outlines the consequences of how our society is going, it's also a fun read about space adventure.
2. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien, the story is sweeping and covers ages of a fictitious history.
3. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott, great story of medieval England with knights, intrigue and romance.
4. The Last of the Mohicans by James Fennimore Cooper, a great fiction book of the early American per-revolutionary period. I enjoyed the fighting and the intrigue.
5. The entire Foundation Series by Isaac Asimov. Another sweeping sci fi series that has mind blowing twists and turns.
Published 2015-05-21.
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