Interview with David Eilers

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Food. I'm generally very hungry in the morning.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Thinking of other ways to make a living without laboring (A twist on an old Will Rogers quote).
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I don't read ebooks. I spend enough time on my computer that I enjoy picking up a real book.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Nope, but my memory isn't all that good. No doubt my mother has it saved in her archives though.
What is your writing process?
1. Think up a fun story
2. Shovel words onto my computer and hope some fall into place
3. Edit, re-edit, drink, edit some more until something resembling a story falls into place.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No, but early on I liked the Christmas Cookie Sprinkle Snitcher. I thought it would be great to entertain people as I'd been entertained.
How do you approach cover design?
I approach it with Fireworks and Photoshop. I cant' draw, but I can shade and blend.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. Good Calories, Bad Calories. A dense book packed with great research and a cohesive argument.
2. On Food and Cooking. A book that investigates some of the mysteries of cooking and food.
3. By Jeep to Freedom. Fascinating and true story from WWII about a British Commando
4. Jesus Incident/Lazarus Effect. I always think of this Frank Herbert Series when I think of class issues.
5. Democracy in America. Alexis De Tocqueville's fascinating treatise on America.
What do you read for pleasure?
Histories, biographies, cooking, and jeep books.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Selling in person.
Describe your desk
It's got two legs, that only work as a desk when I'm sitting.
Published 2013-12-02.
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