Damon L. Wakes was born in 1991 and began to write a few years later. In 2012, he graduated from the University of Reading with a degree in English Literature. He produces both short stories and novels, and particularly enjoys crafting new worlds.
Describe your desk.
My desk is pretty much completely covered in computer cables. In 2014 I started burning ebooks to CDs so I could hand them out to people in meatspace, and I've been steadily accumulating the hardware to do that more effectively. I've also got a lot of papers scattered about, but to be honest most of them are just sitting here until they're old enough to recycle.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I enjoy having complete control over my own work. Having edited a couple of anthologies while at university, and contributed to a couple more, I felt like I had a good handle on how to put together a book and figured I'd set up shop for myself. Also, most of my work is flash fiction: not a format that traditional publishers are terribly interested in.
Have you ever wondered why superheroes wear their underpants over their trousers? Where the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse go shopping? What crop circles really mean? If so (and even if not) these books may be for you! Written as part of Flash Fiction Month, these books are each made up of 31 stories written one-a-day in July. Every book includes a tongue-in-cheek analysis of the event so that you can follow not only how the stories have varied over the course of the month, but how one author's work has developed over multiple years.
How much cyborg does six million dollars actually get you nowadays? Will anybody ever manage to use time travel to kill Hitler? And is that guy a wizard or just a man wearing a dress? Written one-a-day in July 2016, the stories in this book will answer all these questions and more!
Have you ever imagined what it would be like to wake up three thousand years late for work? Whether doomsday devices come with instructions? How reptilian alien impostors might really get on in politics? Find answers to these questions and twenty-eight more in the fourth flash fiction anthology from Damon L. Wakes.
What do a squeamish torturer, an intelligent zombie, a newspaper-phobic superhero and Genghis Khan have in common? They're all in this book, and their stories were all written for Flash Fiction Month 2014. With one story for each and every day of July--and a humourous analysis of the event--there's something for everyone here.
"I have no problem with this, nor any useful comments!" ~Jasper Fforde
Written one-a-day in July 2013, these thirty-one more very short stories feature a wide (and often surprising) cast of characters: a drunken angel, a baby-themed supervillain, a man who spontaneously turns into two mildly annoyed horses. This book is for everyone who's ever wondered: "Just what would happen if Hydrogen quit its day job to become a country music star...?"
(4.50 from 2 reviews) NaNoWriMo 2012 book. Last updated
On an ancient island paradise, an ambitious foreign merchant overturns tradition. But even as finely-crafted stone gives way before steel, an ancient power seems to offer a lowly slave one slim chance to change his fate, and restore his tribe to its former glory. This power, however, comes at a terrible price: it threatens everything he had hoped to gain.
Silly, surreal and sometimes serious, these thirty-one very short stories cover a vast range of subjects and themes. Written entirely during July 2012, these flash fiction pieces are accompanied by a deeply unscientific analysis of the challenge that spawned them: to write thirty-one stories in thirty-one days.
on Sep. 07, 2012
Just because a book costs nothing doesn't make it worth reading: Flash Gold, however, is one you can't afford to miss.
Though this novella most likely won't take more than a couple of days to read, it'll stick with you for longer. The steampunk technology is typical in many ways, but the Yukon setting--where such devices have not yet been fully accepted--adds a new twist. Interesting as the background is, though, it never overshadows the story itself, which races along nicely.
It's also worth mentioning that, although there are other books in the Flash Gold Chronicles, this one works perfectly well as a standalone story: great if you find yourself with just a little time to fill. However, I for one certainly intend to pick up the next in the series!
on Sep. 07, 2012
Falling Angel is, in many ways, a very enjoyable book. With space combat and an apocalyptic threat reminiscent of Orson Scott Card's "Ender's Game" or Poul Anderson's "Twilight World," there's a lot to like. However, the many questions raised at the start of the book are largely left unanswered at the end, making the plot as a whole somewhat unsatisfying.
The quality of writing--often impressive, occasionally flawed--seems representative of the book as a whole. Though not brilliant, it's certainly competent and I would be interested to see more from this author.
MiG-23 Broke my Heart
on Jan. 13, 2013
I’m honestly not sure whether to describe AK Dawson’s MiG-23 Broke My Heart as an easy read or a hard one. On the one hand, I found myself breezing through huge chunks of the novel at a time. On the other, it’s not exactly a pleasant book. There are some flashes of truly brilliant description, but they’re nestled among--and often within--moments of staggering violence. A conscript in the South African Border War, the protagonist, Thomas Green, initially has little to do but keep a rifle pointed towards Angola. However, a secret mission--and a letter from a girl back home in Durban--complicate things enormously.
These two points are interwoven throughout the novel, and certainly provide an interesting plot, one taking over whenever the other dies down. However, in many ways, it’s the things happening underneath the surface that give the story such texture. The word “apartheid” is used only three times. However, in 1988 South Africa, the issue itself is unavoidable, and is an obvious presence in the way the characters interact and, ultimately, how the story plays out. Though the conflict with Angola is presented as a battle against Communism, there is always a sense of a second war being waged within South Africa itself: that of white against black.
However, for the most part this remains in the background. The focus is very much on Thomas himself: how he struggles to get through his time in the army and, like so many soldiers, how he continues to struggle once it is over. By focusing on this personal story, Dawson allows the biggest issues to speak for themselves.