Don Langdon was born in England and is sociologically classed, by the media pigeonholing services, as a baby boomer. He disagrees, his playground was amongst the bomb sites not in the bomb shelters so he believes he missed the boom.
Since graduating from university he has lived on three continents and spent a quarter of the last three decades traveling on business covering four continents. However, he is at pains to point out that he has not fashioned any of the characters he has written about on any single living soul.
His first forays into writing were technical papers and later translating technical papers into easy to read marketing blurb. A change in career direction meant that his first major publication, a software manual, was given away with the software. He does not believe that they gave the software away with his manual.
Now he has turned his innovative scientific mind to science fiction and has created, with his first two novels, the politically incorrect satirical parodies called 'Pre Dot Blue Moon' and Pre Dot New Moon, which are books 1 &2 in the Skuide series.
What is your writing process?
I think this question is more about what is my creative process rather than writing which is mechanical. The story is always created in my head if it stays in my head and continues to develop I know it is viable for me to start physically writing. I have to have fun when writing a story as that way I figure that the reader will also get some fun out of it and enjoy the experience. Once it has all exploded in my face it is then time to get rough and pluck the main story out, with a couple of the more outlandish sub stories. Having selected these I then get down to weaving the yarns into a single multi-coloured fabric that is hopefully as attractive to others as it is to me. The acid test comes when I get someone to read it professionally and then take into account their opinion. So ends the honeymoon period and I have to get serious about keeping the story on the straight and narrow by pruning out some more subplots and characters. The trouble is that in life every story has a story behind it and I have got this fractal that I’m creating all on its own.
Do you remember the first story you ever read that had impact on you?
It was not so much that I read the story but it was back in that English lesson where once a week the teacher would read to us, presumably so we could hear what fine prose sounded like. It was winter and getting dark outside on the last lesson of the week. The classroom was warm and over the ensuing weeks the teacher read us the Hobbit by JR Tolkien. It was captivating when he read it and fired my imagination into the realms of fiction where one could put yourself into a situation and figure out how to solve the problems. My career as a scientist meant I was always being asked to solve problems and if possible invent something new to overcome current barriers. Creating things is what I enjoy and the Hobbit certainly made me aware of the fascinating world beyond my parochial outlook.
WARNING! Apoplexy is hard to live with, try laughter.
If you are not of the professionally offended persuasion, you will enjoy laughing with the Skuide as they try to help some planet dwellers achieve peace, happiness and freedom (must be all three).
The totalitarian Duffers declare war, but why steal Warden’s football?
The Drug Cartel wants hooch nuts and tiddly tea. Their zombies want revenge!
Have a politically incorrect stomp on an alien world. The voluntary (OK, ‘Shanghaied’) Skuide force nearly arrive but opt to do a straw poll. Those results give rise to Dukiesland, their pre arrival colony. They are not human but are they just and incorruptible. How do three people disappear from Dock’s hospital? Why is this glade protected? Who is shooting at who and why? Patriotism or drugs…