Interview with David Gulbraa

Who are your favorite authors?
Ayn Rand, Robert A. Heinlein, Harlan Ellison, Ray Bradbury, Robert Silverberg, Victor Hugo, Fyodor Dostoevsky.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Each day is another chance to create something great.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading books, watching movies, listening to great music.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Usually by seeing them in a physical bookstore. Or my reading reviews in newspapers and magazines.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I was about 13. A story about a giant ant attacking a house.
What is your writing process?
The idea for a novel can come from an opening scene, a character, a situation, or a theme. I usually start out knowing the beginning and the end. I just have to fill in the middle.

I like to write a first draft very quickly, usually just a matter of weeks. And then I spend a lot of time editing and polishing.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first novel that really grabbed me was Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain. I read it six times in a row before I realized there were other books in the world and I should give them a try.
How do you approach cover design?
I turn it over to a pro and let them do the work.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Atlas Shrugged -- Dagny Taggart rocks!
The Fountainhead -- Howard Roark rocks!
The Brothers Karamozov -- One of the most intense reads of my life.
The Man Who Laughs -- Beautiful other-worldy romantic epic by Victor Hugo. Life should be like this.
The Once and Future King -- Greatest telling of the King Arthur myth ever.
What do you read for pleasure?
Writers with serious stylistic mojo. Love the music of the English language used with artistic passion.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have an ancient Kindle that still works.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Nothing works. I am still learning and exploring, trying to build an audience. It is very difficult. I don't know how anybody unknown manages to do it.
Describe your desk
Ever see Gail Wynand's desk in the 1949 movie version of The Fountainhead?

My desk isn't anything like that.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Billings, Montana, in the local libraries and bookstores. My motivation was always to grow up to be a great and famous writer and move to the big city.
When did you first start writing?
At the age of 11. I saw a TV ad for the Famous Writers School tried to sign up. They sent me a letter telling me I should wait until I was older.
What's the story behind your latest book?
After writing my novel about high school Cross Country runners, Autumn Flyers, I thought about what to do next. What if it became successful? Did I have anything more to say on the subject of runners and running?

Driving home from the gym one night after a long treadmill run, the main character and the story for Olympic Gothic hit me all at once. I dropped another book I had already started to jump into this one and go all out, all in.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The utter and absolute indifference of the New York Literary Establishment.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Today is the first day, nothing has happened yet. But I have high hopes. Come on Smashwords fans, give a kid a chance!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Living in the world of my characters and story for the time I am writing.
What do your fans mean to you?
I have a small enough readership that they mean everything. Without them, I truly would be a lost soul wandering in the wilderness.
What are you working on next?
I, Runner, the prequel to Olympic Gothic. It is all about the youth of my hero, Trent Adams. If you ever wondered where Olympic athletes come from, this is the book for you.
What are you working on next?
I, Runner, the prequel to Olympic Gothic. It is all about the youth of my hero, Trent Adams. If you ever wondered where Olympic athletes come from, this is the book for you.
Published 2018-01-07.
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Books by This Author

Olympic Gothic
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 71,140. Language: English. Published: January 7, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Sports
Olympic distance runner steals away his arch rival's girlfriend--and then she fails a drug test and is banned from the sport just months before the Rio Olympics.