David Powell

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I always did bits and bobs then, back in the 1970's I was out of work, (life as a salesman is never very secure) and had inherited an old typewriter so I thought I would try a TV Play. Amazingly, that sold and eventually was made into a series of plays, which looking back were O.K (isn) but not brilliant, but then nothing, and I had a mortgage and three kids and selling jobs were relatively easy to get so I went back into the marketplace. I often think that having an 'easy' money earning option maybe bad for writers or indeed any creative artist. I have a sister, who in the fifties was just beginning to make her mark on the stage. But she had children, was a trained teacher and so took that route.

It's hard making the right decision sometimes, and difficult to judge later whether it was right or no.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is about a Navajo Indian girl, which is a big change from a Musician in Paris in the 1950's but there we are.

The Navajo believe that at the menarche, a girl is possessed of magical powers. So I have taken this concept and imagined that her powers remain and grow stronger, and ask 'What would happen then?' Which is I guess the basis of many stories. What would happen? What if?

Hah, and trying getting a book where a girl has a period past the slush pile.
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Where to find David Powell online


Sha'Di's Gift - Inheritance
Series: Sha'Di's Gift - Inheritance. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 81,610. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Sha'Di wants to be an 'all-American Girl'. But she has a gift, a gift that will change her life and the lives of those around her. She doesn't want it, but can't get rid of it, and as it grows inside her others want it for their own ends. Only an escape to her heritage will save her.
The 16th Song
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 120,120. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Biographical
The 16th Song is a book about a young man making mistakes and how the mistakes follow him despite his success as a song writer. Set mainly in the turbulent Paris if the late 1950's, it tells of how random acts of violence, unconnected with the victims, can distort a life forever.

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