David Wittlinger

Biography

David Wittlinger and his wife Lynn share their home with two rescued dogs of dubious lineage. Aside from writing, David's other hobbies include playing the banjo (poorly) and tinkering with an endlessly changing selection of old cars in his garage. He wrote his first novel in 2013. Despite wistfully dreaming of life in a climate without snow or humidity, the author is a lifelong resident of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I've had a pull toward creative writing since Junior High. I would write short stories about my friends and myself or create stories from scenes in movies. I dabbled in non-fiction writing for magazines after graduation but found it dull and not very lucrative. It took me until my late forties to actually sit down and right a proper full-length novel.
Where do your ideas come from?
I usually start with scenes I just imagine in my head when I'm bored. If a compelling scene comes together I'll remember it, then try to expand it with other scenes. There is a scene in Portal To Elysium where the two main characters share a kiss after getting caught in the rain. That scene I imagined over thirty years prior to placing it in a book. I had written it down as just that one event and saved it all those years until an opportunity presented itself to put it to use. The whole concept of that entire book came about from a dream I had that depicted the 'yard' where the magic happened. Again, it took many years for that memory to evolve into an entire story. Stories are sort of like snowballs; you just keep adding more material until you have enough to make a snowman.
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Books

Brianna's Reprisal
Price: $1.95 USD. Words: 57,260. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Twenty-four year old Brianna is trying to rebuild her life when she encounters a blonde girl in a passing car who is clearly terrified. Reporting the sighting to the police sets in motion a chain of events Brianna never expected. Infatuated with the handsome detective handling the case she begins a steamy affair that soon places her life in jeopardy. Will she have to pick up weapons...again?
Portal To Elysium
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 65,530. Language: English. Published: January 25, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Portal To Elysium is an unusual mixture of romance, mystery and heavenly fantasy. Though the book uses the concepts of heaven and the afterlife as a basis for the story it should be noted it is NOT Christian fiction. Instead, it offers a paranormal alternative to the afterlife most readers should find inoffensive. It's a love triangle between persons living...and others that have passed on.
The Strong One
Price: $1.95 USD. Words: 85,470. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Erotica » Literary Erotica
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
After nearly being killed by her mobster boyfriend former stripper Brianna escapes to try to start a new life. When her car breaks down on a deserted road she is forced to rely on the kindness of a stranger whose marriage is falling apart. As the two strangers hide together the evil boyfriend hunts them down. Author David Wittlinger mixes classic thriller elements with erotica in his debut novel.

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Smashwords book reviews by David Wittlinger

  • Basic Fiction Formatting for Smashwords in OpenOffice on Oct. 01, 2014

    This book was a quick and easy guide to formatting using Open Office and so much easier to understand than the Smashwords style guide (which isn't bad, but is clear as mud compared to this little ebook). It follows a logical sequence and has screen shots of everything you need to follow along. Wonderful!
  • Thunder Valley on Nov. 07, 2014

    I'm a new author myself, so don't want to slam this book or author Thomas Kelly. There's a good story here but it gets bound up in several problematic ways. First, I'm not sure the story knows what it wants to be. Teen romance? 1980s summer camp horror movie? Erotica? Thriller? It has elements of all these genres yet stumbles from one to the next. By the time the shocking ending rolled around I was more confused than enthralled. It does have a good surprise ending, but leading up to it are paragraphs and chapters of "info dumping". The author goes into great detail to describe things like rest room buildings and who-moved-from-here-to-there descriptions, but the intricate details are completely unnecessary and detract from the overall story. Additionally, grammatical errors abound in the first few chapters then suddenly disappear in the remaining pages. The author (and story) have promise, but the assistance of a good editor would have earned this book several more stars from this reviewer.
  • The Reason Revolution: Atheism, Secular Humanism, and the Collapse of Religion on Dec. 02, 2014

    Want to explain why you're an atheist to someone who doesn't share your views? Recommend they read this book. It's a short but concise (and pleasant) read that lays out why atheism makes sense without flaming people of faith. Fair and respectful, it may not convince someone to leave their faith but it should at least get them to understand WHY an increasing number of people have.
  • Adventures with a Moke on Dec. 21, 2014

    This book was of interest to me as I'd owned a Mk3 Mini which is an oddity here in the states. I'm not sure I'd call this a 'book'; it's more of a magazine article length read and can be consumed in one sitting. Gray has a pleasant delivery and I could relate to many of his experiences of tiny British car ownership. Several photos of his Moke accompany the text. Will be of interest to anyone who likes cars and has a sense of humor.
  • Ferocity on June 18, 2015

    Michael Callinglast can write. He proves it with this teaser book of three chapters. If you are tired of reading ebooks riddled with bad grammar, flat characters and missing punctuation Ferocity will be a refreshing change. Jack Tide is a sarcastic and seemingly confused hit man who is both worried and irritated that the girl he has fallen in love with suddenly seems to have vanished. Jack is a multi-talented killer and is not tied to just one form of assassinating people. The location of Seattle is well depicted and brand name references abound but the character of Jack Tide is relegated to driving a fictitious car which I found puzzling. The writing is certainly above average and I may download the next installment but I have to confess that this book's description did not reveal that it was only the first three chapters of something longer. Personally I don't 'get' offering books in chunks; I'd rather have a complete work. I felt a little gypped (even though it was free) when the 'book' ended after only three chapters. Another installment is currently available but after that I have to wonder how long until more? With so many books to read I don't want to invest in a story that may never have a conclusion. I'd urge Callinglast to take his obvious talents and offer a completely finished project instead of a sporadic piecemeal.
  • Gabriel & Mr. Death on Nov. 22, 2015

    I bought this because I liked the concept and I generally enjoy dog books. Kroupa gives us a pleasing short story with a likeable narrative. It reminds me of a much shorter version of "The Art Of Racing In The Rain" which is high praise. My only wish is that it were longer!
  • Trust Me on Jan. 03, 2016

    This is a short story about two kids of indeterminate age who are faced with a potential disaster and how they react to it. I suppose the term 'cautionary tale' would apply here. In the interest of constructively helping the author I'll register a few concerns. One, it took me several paragraphs to comprehend that the two main characters were children...and then I still had no idea just how old they were supposed to be. The bridge should be described in more detail when Amanda reaches it as the reader has no idea if its a highway bridge or a narrow pedestrian one. In some cases less isn't more. Those critiques aside the author does prove she can write decently and shows promise.
  • Lost: Saved by Love #1 on Oct. 20, 2017

    I purchased the free erotic version on a whim. The author is a good writer and the editing work is above average, though a few typos remain. The author uses a peculiar method of presenting dialogue changes using italics that I found off-putting. Aside from that, technical errors are few and it is far above the quality of most self-published work. The story is plausible if a bit too convenient at times. This is a romance book first and a suspense thriller second. The relationship between the two main characters is the focus. I am a guy, so this book probably wasn't written for me. I found the near-instantaneous attraction of the two characters--while in the midst of a very dangerous situation--a little hard to swallow. You have to believe in 'love at first sight' to truly buy into it. The erotic scenes are steamy without being tasteless and work within the story. The author obviously wants to treat her characters with respect and it comes across on the pages. I suppose to a romance reader the standard trope of the rich, gorgeous, muscular man swooping in and rescuing the hopelessly gorgeous young femme fatale is not unusual. Though on the surface this reader felt it was contrived, credit must be given to the author for writing skillfully enough to keep a casual male reader interested. If it sounds like I'm being overly critical for my star rating I am not. I only hope to set expectations for future readers as to what to expect. This is not a book for me, really, but I did want to read it to the end and do not regret my time spent with it. An inclusion of a portion of the next book in the series shows that if you liked this book more of the same awaits. A talented author, just not writing in a genre that appeals to me.