Daniel Side

Biography

My first book was co-authored with my cousin at age eighteen, written on two old typewriters using carbon paper. An English mystery novel, he wrote one chapter, I wrote the next, usually late on a Friday night. It was a sure fire scheme (one of many) to make us a lot of money. Surprisingly enough, the offers didn’t roll in. Go figure. But I guess it was the first feeble start of my writing career.

Put that career on hold for 20 years. With my wife and three boys I was busy with a teaching career, writing and directing school plays, building our log home and restoring a classic mustang. For car enthusiasts – a 69 Mach 1.

I had always been a science fantasy fan, cutting my teeth as a youngster on the likes of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Andre Norton and Albert Otis Kline among others. Although I continued to read the new fantasy authors, (really enjoyed the early Terry Brooks), as the genre evolved, I tired of gnomes, elves, magic and “the evil dread growing in the west – or north”. As an answer to my problem, I wrote what I felt was the perfect science fantasy adventure – for me. And so my writing career had its second start.

Since then I have continued with a variety of projects. I have taken courses at The Humber School for Writers and Sheridan College, and have continued to, as my site tagline suggests, “write novels that this author would like to read”. I hope you enjoy them too.

Smashwords Interview

How do you approach cover design?
I try to make the cover directly reflect some scene in the story or at least clearly represent the story's main idea.I try to contribute an image, whether an idea or an actual picture. For A Lesson in Revenge I went into a former school where I taught and put the writing on the blackboard and took a photo. Unfortunately the image suggested more horror than thriller so for the second edition it has been changed. For my second, soon to be released science fantasy, it was much more complicated because of the fictitious world and the main character. It involved several weeks of building props (a hearth, a hammer or two, a sword, reeds), days of experimenting with lighting on a naked mannequin, and an hour or two to clear some space in the garage for the photo studio. But it was great fun and I was pleased with the final results after Tatiana put the cover together.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I don't remember the details of the story, but I do remember this great anticipation and excitement of waiting each night for my dad to sit on the edge of the bed and read me the next chapter. The book was Bomba the Jungleboy.
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