Interview with David Hunter

How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Truth be told (always), I've been a paperback/hardback reader most of my adult life. Wish I had been born in the 21st century - so many exciting things happening, including the ability to carry 1000 books in your shirt pocket!
What is your writing process?
The creator of the James Bond 007 character said he just let Bond take him wherever he wanted to go. For me, it's not much different.

When I write I'm either in the head of one of the characters, or I'm standing beside them, quietly observing as their individual stories reveal themselves.

It's fascinating to see the story, and sub-plots, unfold through the eyes of the characters - to vicariously experience what they're thinking and feeling.

Like 007, all of my characters take me wherever they want to go. Some of the places have been unexpected. As the book's readers travel with the characters, they'll understand what I mean.

In the first book (and the others I'm writing now), there is no single main character, and I've grown very fond of each of them. Unfortunately, not all will live to see the end of the trilogy.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Just published, "Kill Them Wherever You Find Them" in the "Pendulum of Time" trilogy two days ago, so yes, I remember it well!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes, in grade school (too long ago to want to provide details on the time frame!) I was entranced by "The Incredible Journey." Dogs and cats working together to survive, who knew?!

In High School I read, "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter." The author was so young when it was written, I was just amazed by the depth and beauty.
How do you approach cover design?
My daughter, Rachael, creates my covers for me. She's absolutely amazing in all things she does - no father has ever been more proud. I tell her what concept I want portrayed, then she runs with it - making covers that capture the imagination and pique the interest of the viewer. Invariably her covers not only meet, but far and away exceed my original vision.

The challenge for me now is writing the story so well that it honors and complements the incredible book covers and banner she created for my website DavidHunterBooks.com
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The scriptures (Bible and Book of Mormon) for peace, guidance and direction in my life here, as well as bringing me closer to Heavenly Father both here and in the eternities.

"Methuselah's Children" by Robert A. Heinlein for the way it captures the imagination. He was so ahead of his time in so many ways. I enjoy most of his other books too. An amazing, gifted writer.

All books by the late Neal A. Maxwell, and James Faust (each past Apostles in the LDS Church) for their eloquence and style. In the case of the latter, it's best to read his works with a dictionary nearby.

"The Elegant Universe" by Brian Greene: One of the best works on String Theory. Dr. Greene has a wonderful way of introducing the elusive and often difficult dimensions of Theoretical Physics to the general public in a way that most anybody can visualize and understand. If I had a "Bucket List," a top item would be to meet him in person someday. Not only is he an exceptional Physicist, he is an equally exceptional writer. (Should I apply for the position of his PR Manager?) If you happen on one of his books, read it.
What do you read for pleasure?
These days, not much.

Time with my family is the greatest pleasure of all. I sometimes tinker in my garden. With failing vision I'm dedicated to writing while my remaining eye lasts. For me, writing is very pleasurable - if I could, I'd stop writing only when family is here and be a very "happy camper."

I listen to the scriptures everyday not only for pleasure, but balance and focus in my life. Not to mention some parts of the scriptures are actually very entertaining! (Other parts, like Leviticus, not so much.)
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle on my phone, Nook on my computer. I don't use them, mind you (except to proof the formatting of my books), but they're there! Perhaps someday I'll get a "real" eReader to see my books as they ought to be seen. One never knows!
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I write really great books, they market themselves over time by word-of-mouth. Not yet four days into publishing my first book and it's doing exceptionally well.

A poorly written book, no matter how much it is marketed, will never meet with success. An exceptional book will, ultimately, establish itself among a growing readership. Of course, in the case of the latter, marketing would help! I just don't have the time or means to do much in that area. Besides, I'd much rather write.

In the end, letting the books speak for themselves may be a much slower means of marketing, but it will have "teeth" and enduring longevity that a promotion campaign simply can't provide.
Describe your desk
Sofa or bed, large screen TV so I can see what I'm writing (regular monitor doesn't cut it with my vision), IR keyboard and mouse.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born and raised in Colorado - living in Phoenix now. Neither place influences my writing in the least. People I've met along the way and experiences I've had (positive and initially negative), they are the influence and I'm grateful for each.
When did you first start writing?
A couple of years ago one of my sisters asked her siblings to write a five page story about fairies, unicorns and the such for her birthday.

I just can't get into mystical beings. No disrespect to my sister! I did; however, sprinkle the names of these creatures in the book as a form of compromise. She's happy with her birthday gift.

My five page story turned into one of more than 300 paperback-sized pages - with two more to follow in the trilogy (about 1/3rd the way through the second).
What's the story behind your latest book?
Not sure about the question - the plot, or the reason for writing? Ah English, such an imprecise language.

I'll start with the reason why: I live with chronic pain and its attendant depression. Writing takes me outside of my body and helps with the pain and depression in a way that medications can't. Relief via writing notwithstanding, I do take pain killers as needed - nothing against medicine.

As I write, I live each of my characters' lives: their dreams and aspirations, their failures and victories. I feel their strengths and human weaknesses. Most of the time I'm on the couch or "stuck" in bed - but oh, the exciting adventures my books' characters so willingly and brilliantly share with me! Sometimes, when I proofread the books, I think, "No way, I can't believe he did that!" In a very real sense, the characters, not the author, wrote the book. These stories are as exciting to read the tenth time (in my case for editing purposes) as they were the first.

If plot is the intent of the question: Well, the book I'm currently writing (one can see the plot of the already published book here on Smashwords) centers, at least initially, on the abduction of a brilliant scientist who conceived and developed the most critical weapon the State of Israel has, the manipulation of time itself. Another country wants that weapon, and they will stop at nothing to achieve their goal.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
One of my sisters was very thoughtful in asking for a five page written story in lieu of a store bought birthday gift. (Money was scarce.)

As people read the story many commented that it should be published, saying it's a story that others would really enjoy reading.

So, here we are over a year later (many months of writing and editing).
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Actually, I'll be dedicating my final book in the trilogy, "Pendulum of Time" to Mark Coker (founder of "Smashwords") and his team.

Smashwords has made any success I may achieve as a writer possible in ways that I could not conceivably have accomplished by myself. I hope by dedicating the final book in the trilogy to them that more authors will realize what a wonderful gift they've given us. (So, I guess this means I won't be able to publish it on Amazon.com.)

I'm so deeply grateful for the people at Smashwords.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Experiencing the exciting lives and intrigues of my characters.

I've really enjoyed writing the stories in the trilogy.
What do your fans mean to you?
I value my growing number of fans so very much!

The feedback from my readers has been so uplifting and rewarding. I anticipate a happy friendship with those readers who chose to be part of my life through my website and social media.

I write for the pleasure and joy of writing. That said, I also keep in mind my readers. My ultimate goal in publishing my stories is their joy and pleasure in reading my books. (Ok, residual income for my wife as well.)

Life is difficult, at times, for each of us. Writing has given me a means of 'escape.' I want my readers to be able to immerse themselves in this trilogy to the degree that they, too, can temporarily escape whatever is difficult in their lives and enter a world of excitement, intrigue, love, betrayal, espionage, science fiction and suspense.

Of course, we also all experience times of joy and calm in our lives. For my readers in this happy circumstance, I write for them, too. Even when life is great and we have no complaints, hours of entertainment are always welcome!

Based on ongoing feedback my fans are glad to have found and read these books.
What are you working on next?
"Abducting the Time Master," second book in the "Pendulum of Time" trilogy / thrillogy.
You mentioned you were in Brasil. What did you like most about the country?
The people. I love the Brasilian people.
Published 2014-01-12.
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Books by This Author

Kill Them Wherever You Find Them
Price: Free! Words: 139,480. Language: American English. Published: January 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(4.50 from 6 reviews)
The Israeli spy agency, the Mossad, has uncovered actionable intelligence regarding an daring terror strike against the State of Israel and large Jewish population centers in major cities around the world. "The Project," already in development for several years, will be Israel's response to this newest and most deadly of threats to its very existence.