David Temrick


For my sixth birthday, my father gave me a leather-bound copy of Treasure Island. At the time I remember being disappointed that it wasn’t an action figure of some kind. After reading it though, the story lit a fire inside of me and my joy of reading was born. Shortly afterwards, I began reading as many classics as I could get my hands on. I began to notice that the vast majority of classic literature had many elements of what are now classified as fantasy.

That genre became my focus when trying to find modern authors to enjoy, but I was ultimately disappointed that most of them have gone into hard-fantasy more concerned with turning their worlds into role-playing games than telling compelling stories with great characters. The recipe is never changing; books are done as trilogies, names are incomprehensible and have more umlauts than vowels, swords are described in pain-staking detail but the characters get a broad and generalised anatomy.

The fantasy landscape has become so entrenched in this mindset that nothing innovative is ever accomplished. I see no reason why fantasy novels can’t be accessible to a wider audience more interested in character development and exciting story progression rather than statistical analysis.

With that in mind, my second novel, Deadly Intentions, I continue telling the story of a deeply troubled young Prince so far removed from the throne that his title means almost nothing. Tristan’s parentage though has thrust him into a life he’s not completely prepared for and friends with which he forms unlikely bonds. After the defeat of the Draconis’ Bane cult, Tristan prepares himself for a boring life of administration. Little does he know, the conflict to liberate his nation is a distraction set in motion by the puppet masters behind the cult who are massing in the north for an all out offensive. In a race against time, Tristan must find allies to prevent his world from coming to ruin, or die in the attempt.

Smashwords Interview

How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I'm still a big tactile person, for writers I do know I buy the hardcover before getting my hands on an ebook and often that's the fastest way to read new releases.

For writers I don't know, I find them through friends or search results. There were a few blogs and websites that I enjoyed, but they tend to self-destruct over time...which has happened a few times to me.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Grade 6 English class, I challenged my teacher because I was getting bored writing based on her prompts. It was driving me crazy because she was single and having trouble finding nice guys on the dating scene, so it always seemed like we were being asked to write a jaded love story.

Anyway, it was the first time I'd ever spoken up in class beyond the usual distracted talking with friends. It was also the first time I was sent to the Principal's office for something other than a fight on the playground. I laid out my issue to the Principal who then called in my teacher. They had a long talk behind a closed door and then invited me into the room. They told me that I could write about whatever I wanted this time. If I blew them away, I could always write outside of the prompts, otherwise I had to obey my teacher and behave.

I wrote a fantasy story about a pirate captain who was a jaded woman. She'd given up entirely on finding love, and treated men like disposable playthings. A thief joined her crew and she hated him. By the end of the story she started thinking of the thief as a lovable rogue and he became a trusted friend.

It was very much the work of a child trying to tell an adult how to behave like an adult and I didn't understand prose and pacing at all. Still, she gave me a hug the day after I'd handed it in and I got an A. It wasn't the last time a creative studies teacher challenged me, but it was one of the most memorable.
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