Daniel Keith Jenkins is a pseudonym used by author David Picka. David grew up in the small town of Fairmont MN. He began his writing career in 2011 after deciding television was indeed a waste of time and turned it off. His first novel The Difference began as a government conspiracy regarding the H1N1 virus. What was meant to be a short story turned into something else entirely. Much like the lead character Daniel in his novel David has mostly been a drifter much of his adult life. Several journeys through various states have brought him back to live in Fairmont where he continues to write finding the quiet Southern Minnesota lifestyle a perfect place to develop new characters and ideas. His second novel which is tentatively titled After The Difference is currently in the works with a release date of Fall 2014.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I began writing The Difference during the last H1N1 swine flu scare about three years ago. Being an avid news junkie I was tired of all the "experts" reporting on this supposed pandemic that never happened. During all this I decided to turn off the television and write a short story on how the government manipulates the media and how easily we can be drawn into it. My short story soon had a life of it's own and developed into the novel I have out today. My internet research on conspiracies led me to many interesting opinions from the Illuminati to the Vatican and everything in between. So I opened my main character to the possibilities of these conspiracies and rolled it into an advernture story.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I am my own worst critic when it comes to my writing. When I first began The Difference I rewrote the Entre' about three or four times. After finishing the first chapter I realized I might be onto something. I let my harsh criticism of myself go and concentrated on the story. As it progressed everything became easier. In the beginning it would take me weeks to complete a chapter. I would often find myself taking month long breaks from the book as my doubts of actually finishing it and having it published hung in the back of my mind. It wasn't until I began having people read a chapter here and a chapter there that I began to get positive feedback and that was enough to strengthen my resolve to finish the novel. If I sell only one copy that would be enough for me. I remember I used to sit in our public library and dream of one day having a book on the shelf. I'm not in it for the fame, I simply want people to enjoy my stories.
The Difference is a book about nothing and everything. Join Daniel on his quest to save two worlds as he and his companions battle an unwilling wage against evil. Conspiracy, New World Order, Demons, it's all right here. Enjoy the journey.