Dan Cavallari is a writer and photographer in Denver, Colorado. His new novel, 'Men Waiting For Sleep', is now available on Amazon.com.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. I can think of no other novel that has influenced me as a writer more. The main character is rich and deep, and Irving manages to mix humor and drama incredibly effectively.
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer. Like everyone else in my generation, I've struggled with the post-9/11 world as well as understanding my role in its creation. The event happened, then we took the reigns; are we happy with what we created, partly out of panic? I'm not. Foer's narrative is about coping, yet there's a deeper subtext there that fascinates me. We are all Oskar Schell because his fears are so elemental.
Empire Falls by Richard Russo. Quiet, small town life was something I experienced in college at the University of Maine. The quiet fields and forests, the quiet back roads...what was always fascinating to me was the quiet houses, the ones with a single light on at dusk. What was happening behind those windows? Russo answers those questions in a quirky, winding narrative that makes us confront our roles in our communities and interpersonal relationships.
On Writing by Stephen King. I taught this to my students when I was a high school English teacher. Clear, succinct, engaging, entertaining. King's a master.
If On A Winter's Night A Traveler by Italo Calvino. Calvino approaches prose in such a vastly different way than my own prose. He tackles questions I never thought to ask, and the answers are so surprising.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Word of mouth. Everything else has seemed like a rip-off. The industry is changing so rapidly that I think authors need to be more responsible about how they publish and promote their books. So far, I've had success with word of mouth, in-person readings, and giveaways on Goodreads, but other forms of advertising have really fallen flat.
Einar William Coates can hear his wife in the steps that creak and windows that shake against the autumn wind. He can smell her on his pillow and in the kitchen—but he can never touch her again. As his family assembles at his home in northern Maine for her funeral, Einar knows this is a fate he has earned, yet the bitterness of loss is no softer for it.