Interview with David Rattler

What are you working on next?
Right now Book II of the Season's Series. But I' am exploring other ideas as well.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Writing, once I start on a project it becomes impossible to leave it along. I think every creative person have one thing in common, we're chased by demons and in that come restless nights and early mornings
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Mostly thinking about the next project. But since every writer is a reader first so reading would be a more correct answer.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Mostly the suggestions of friends about works they've enjoyed, but there has been times I've found great book by just surfing the different outlets
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Surprisingly I do, although, it's been almost thirty years ago since I saw it, I remember it well. It wasn't a long story, but it wasn't a short story either, it would probably be called a Novella. I'm sure it's in the closet somewhere.
What is your writing process?
In the beginning I write until the inspiration stops or I' m exhausted which ever comes first. I try to set a limit between ten to fifty pages a day. Sometimes it's more then fifty and sometimes its less than ten. And once the work is complete, the rewrites again, and eventually the true nature of the story begins to take shape and I'm just as surprised at the outcome as the one that read it.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I ever read was Robinson Crusoe, by Daniel Defoe. But I don't think it influenced me to become a writer. But is was shortly after that I started reading with a writer's eye instead of a readers.
How do you approach cover design?
My imagination I try as get it as close to the story's overall theme as possible. I believe a cover should not only give you a peek of what's inside, but should also tell a story in itself. I think an author should engage into the complete package of the work, not just the writing and editing.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Although, I like the tablets and nooks, I prefer using a Laptop.
Describe your desk
Organized Chaos, though more chaotic then organized. I have things papers everywhere, but strangely I know where it all it
When did you first start writing?
About 16 or so, somewhere in the area of life, when you think you and rule the world with just what you already know. But it was somewhere in there that I begin to really pay attention to structure. I Started listening not only to the written words, but the subliminal whispers embedded in the storylines itself. And even I think I listen more to what the author is implying rather than what their saying.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's the discover of another truth, yourself, and the world around you. Imagine if you discovered everything you've known all your life was suddenly wrong and the life you've lead was only a illusion created by your mind to hide a reality? Then the burning question become, who are you, and what was the truth of the the life you were denied to led?
What motivated you to become an indie author?
To have more control over the work after release. I think it's not only important for an author to create a meaningful works, but to control how and where the work is presented to because at the end of the day it's your legacy and nothing else matters except the perception you present.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Discovering how the characters will overcome the obstacles of their world. To me the characters are as real as you and I. Their fears, dreams and disappointments are our own. And it has always amazed me the different outlooks and strange avenues a character will take whether it's out of desperation, anger, or an undying love, or commitment to another charactor.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town called Rondo, Arkansas. It's a small community surrounded by farms owned mostly by whites but composed of mostly African Americans. My biggest influences weren't so much as the place, but the stories told to me by my parents and my maternal grandmother and great-aunts. From them I learned a different prospective not only of the world around me and the true face of evil itself.
What do you read for pleasure?
I think as a writer I don't really read for pleasure. Something inside always triggers that creativeness and I find myself looking at the work through a writers eye instead of a readers.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
For not the website, but I'm always looking for more avenues to market through.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords is a new venture in the Rattler publishing avenue, so, however it hold promise but you'll have to ask that question in a few months once the data is available.
What do your fans mean to you?
I hate the word fans like I hate the word labels. I believe if you read a book and you become connected to the characters not the author. But with any works if you come away changed, just a little, not a lot, then a author has done his/ her job of presenting a different view by provoking a different truth and you may see, not only the world around you differently, but your vision of self may also expand to a different prospective.
Who are your favorite authors?
I read everyone. But I have to say at the top of the list is Toni Morrison, Nikki Giovanni, Nadine Gordimer, and Aminatta Forna. But I also like several new Indie authors as well one of my favorites is A.D. Koboah she's an extremely talented author.
You angle of attack to a subject can be brutal why use that approach?
It goes back to the subject of the story itself. Sometimes you have to use the darkest colors to paint a picture in the truth of its reality. Can can't show the true nature of evil without revealing the face behind it and you can't discover that truth unless you walk through the darkness and into the illumination of enlightenment.
Have you noticed a different in the messages authors sometimes place in their works?
Yes it varies depending on region, religion, race, and the authors view of humanity in a whole.
What are some of the messages you've heard over the years?
Some of what struck me as strange in the beginning was the way African and African American authors structures their storylines. The Africans were forceful in their words, where as the African American's weren't. There was a lot of African American authors I wouldn't read at first especially in the late seventies.
Why?
There was always an apologetic whisper as if they were talking to and invisible man behind me. And I never understood why are they apologizing and who the hell are they apologizing too and for a long time I thought there was something missing in my works.
What did you eventually discover?
It wasn't until after I hired an editor for "When Season's Change" I discovered what it really was. I know how I write and I know the voices inside the work. And when you send a manuscript off with no apologetic whispers and it returns, although grammatically correct it also contains subliminal suggestions as if me David is apologizing then you know there the problem arises.
So your saying the editor intentually placed it there?
Intentionally or unintentionally they were there. But I didn't just leave it at one person I tried a few before I drew to a conclusion that an author has to be careful when outsourcing their work and especially of you're a person of color.
What is the one type of book you would love to write?
I would love to write a historical fiction and I'm exploring a few ideas. But I have to find the right angle of attack so to speak. But I do know I want it set around WWII but the actual story isn't clear yet.
Published 2015-01-23.
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Certosnia The Season of Tribulations Book III The Season Series
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Ingrid, Elizabeth, and Kelly face their greatest challenges of the season. Could Ingrid Vãduvã be mistaking cultural identities for reincarnation, will Elizabeth Khyler successfully escape her captors and make it to safe harbors before its too late, and will Kelly Holland after cancelling a recording session die in a plane crash and never see Liz again?
Discovery The Season of Shadows Book II The Season Series
Series: The Season's. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 114,460. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
As Ingrid Vãduvã prepares to keep her promise and return to Harrisburg Pennsylvania, on the first anniversary of Pamela Holland's death, she hears again the dark autumn whisper.
Nightmares
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 29,510. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Horror » Ghost
Imagined your nights has been filled with nightmares for as long as you can remember and the only way to rid yourself of the haunting is to return to the place of the haunting. Then your driving home on a snow covered road and your live changes for ever. And near the end of your life you recall the most terrifying experience you ever had as a child.
When Season's Change The Journey Begins Book I The Season Series
Series: The Season's. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 93,260. Language: American English. Published: December 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
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