Interview with Daltry Graives

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Honestly? No, I write so many stories, they kind of get lost if I get disorganized. Now with computers, it's a lot easier to remember because a machine does it for me.
What is your writing process?
I really do not have one. I mean I can just sit there and a story will pop into my head, or I write what I dream about, see where that takes me.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My favorite books? My favorite books would be Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson Series, I love Greek and Roman mythology, probably my all time favorite subject. I love Harry Potter as well. The thoughts of using magic, or having some power, in a world where there was thought to be none, that would be the greatest dream.
What do you read for pleasure?
I like to read Fan-Fiction, movie plots, if I'm lucky and idea will pop into my head.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in many places, my mother and father always took us to new places, until money was just to tight to move. Travel slowed down in 2001, we had gotten rid of our old Pop-up trailer, I was around the age of Ten. I've been to thirty-four states in the U.S, seeing the history, the nature. We grew up for the first ten years of my life, moving from home to home, living in a camper and a van, but I regret nothing, it was adventure and it was beautiful.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I love to write, I love stories and alternate endings. I have all these thoughts and ideas running through my head and its amazing. To live with all these stories, its a crime not to share them.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me? I'd say just the reactions I get from people who read them, a different story all the time, something that you don't see all the time, different worlds. Books in general are the greatest joy, I hope to one day be a great author and join in on creating whole new worlds for people to escape in. I've always used writing and reading to escape.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are everything, with out them, I wouldn't be a writer. I write to make people happy, to make them sad, to make them think. I write to create a new world. I write because of my fans, my friends and family push me to test boundaries, to write. My fans are what drive me.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing, I'm taking care of my three year old daughter, another reason for writing. I'm hope one day I can actually finish one of my stories, for her, to show her to never give up. On any other free time, I'm gaming. I play MMORPGs (Massive multiplayer Online Role Playing Games) such as Tera, Guild Wars 2, Lineage 2, I play on Xbox 360 and Play Station 4.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Well honestly? I'm not entirely sure yet, I jump from story to story, with all of the ideas scrambling through my head, I have so many, ranging from the Fall of Atlantis, to the darkness in us all, from the fall of humanity, to our future in the stars.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My daughter. I suffer from depression, and seeing her beautiful smile helps, She inspires me to always keep fighting. I've fought depression for as long as I can remember, and yet, here I am. Writing is a gateway to escape my darkness, to fight more, my daughter inspires me to fight, to write and to never give up. She is the light in my dark and my reason for fighting and I wouldn't change it for the world.
Published 2015-09-07.
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