Interview with David Eveleigh

What's the story behind your latest book?
The "All Hallows Eve" printable spirit board isn't a book per se. Rather, it's a printable pdf document that gives you hours of old fashioned Ouija board fun.
When did you first start writing?
I first started in my last year of high school. That would have been in mid-2003 if my memory is correct. I began by writing fan fiction over on fictionalley.org. Until recently, I had never set foot inside a creative writing class, so I was incredibly nervous as to how my work would be received. However, after it turned out that people not only didn't hate it but actually liked it, I decided to make the jump into original fiction. After that, I worked as a writer and artist for a small, local company called Moondial comics (which, sadly, is no longer with us). When they folded, I began developing my ideas as prose stories and now, here I am.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Over the past 11 years or so, traditional publishing in both prose and comics has become an increasingly exclusive industry. A lot of this is due to production costs. Publishers today simply don't want to take a chance on an unknown name when they have to spend so much in overhead. It's even more exclusive here in Canada. Although there is no legal ban on genre fiction, our publishers have put an effective one into practice, essentially leaving genre authors out in the cold. This always struck me as odd since, if you look at other storytelling mediums (such as film and television), you'll notice that Canadians actually have a reputation for producing pretty darn good genre works. When the indie scene first exploded, I'll admit I was skeptical. Keep in mind that it wasn't very long ago when indie authors were seen as "the guys who aren't good enough to get published traditionally". But, as it grew and gained a sense of validity in the public consciousness, I decided that this was probably the best way to go.
Who are your favorite authors?
Joseph Conrad and Sax Rohmer. Conrad's infamous "Heart Of Darkness" is one of my favorite books. As for Rohmer, I can honestly say that everything I know about writing I learned from Fu Manchu.
What is your writing process?
I work on a draft system. My first draft is really just kind of a sketch. It's something very loose that gives me an idea of where I want to go with the story. The second draft is more of a fleshing out process. I'll go through each paragraph and think about how I can rephrase them to sound better. Themes will be expanded on and the characters' inner voices will start playing a larger role. The third draft is a cleanup job, where I read through the story and fix any errors (grammatical, typographical or otherwise). Finally, after I give it the proper formatting, I'll go through the tale one last time and make sure that it's up to my usual standard.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Well, I'm a visual artist as well as a writer. I spend a lot of my time drawing. Pop art is my forte, but I like to try other styles too. I'm also a huge film and animation buff. I watch and collect a lot of movies and old cartoons. They are an endless source of inspiration for me.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read a lot of philosophy, especially Nietzsche. I think it shows in my work. I also enjoy the classic pulps, particularly that one genre which is centered around the villains and nobody seems to be able to define it properly anymore (Fantomas, Fu Manchu, Dr Mabuse, etc).
How do you approach cover design?
My stories are inspired by comic books and pulps of the 50s and 60s. So I attempt to emulate that same style which they utilized for their covers. As a pop artist, this really isn't all that hard for me to do. I've also been playing with what I call "cliffhanger covers". Quite simply, they depict the hero or heroine in a state of immediate peril. This attracts the reader for 2 reasons: 1) They want to know how the character is going to get out of that predicament. 2) They want to know how he/she got into it in the first place.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Lately, I've been experimenting with the preorder system.
What are you working on next?
Right now, I'm focusing more on my KDP account. I find it easier to publish comics on their system. I'm currently developing a new series called "Devil Cop" about a satanic police officer who arrests villains and takes them to Hell.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
For me, the greatest joy is knowing that people out there actually enjoy reading what I write. Thank you, all of you.
Published 2016-10-06.
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Books by This Author

All Hallows Eve: Printable Spirit Board
Series: All Hallows Eve. Price: Free! Words: 290. Language: Canadian English. Published: October 6, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » New Age » Mysticism, Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Media tie-in
Eve may be gone, but you can still talk to her with the official All Hallows Eve spirit board. Just gather your friends or family, place your fingers on the jack-o-lantern diviner and let the ghost of our beloved heroine answer your questions. Is it supernatural? Is there a scientific explanation? You decide!
Thule
Series: The Life And Crimes Of Fraulein Efeu, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 45,150. Language: Canadian English. Published: February 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
Wewelsburg Castle. The epicenter of Nazi occultism. Casey Morgan doesn't know why he is drawn to this ancient relic. Haunted by a psychic "gift", he can feel the castle pulling him into its nightmare world. For there is something lurking in that old fortress. Something that knows the secret of his "gift". Something with a power even greater than his own. Something purely evil.
Brickabrack Hall
Price: Free! Words: 7,130. Language: Canadian English. Published: October 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Monsters, Fiction » Children’s books » Paranormal
Beyond the valley of the nudist dinosaurs, upon the second highest peak of Mount Frankula lies Brackabrack Hall, the fanciest of fancy hotels. When this ritzy resort becomes the home of a mischievous ghost, the duty falls on a trio of unlikely heroes end his awful antics. Will our gruesome group of overworked, underpaid ghouls teach their spectral adversary a much needed lesson?
The Trouble With Jokes (Flash Fiction)
Price: Free! Words: 1,120. Language: Canadian English. Published: December 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
A flash fiction vision of the future where there is no room for personal tastes and not laughing at the right joke can prove fatal.
All Hallows Eve
Series: All Hallows Eve, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 44,920. Language: Canadian English. Published: December 16, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes, Fiction » Holiday » Halloween
(4.00 from 1 review)
Ages 9 and up. Learn the fantastic origin of our beloved Halloween Heroine. When 13-year-old Eve Halloran dresses as a famous superhero for a costume party, she finds herself imbued with amazing, supernatural powers. But as an evil from World War 2 resurfaces on this shadowy night, she learns that it takes more than empowerment to truly be a hero.