D.R. Lloyd


I'm a software developer in Delaware who reads and writes fantasy to help me escape from the fact that I'm a software developer in Delaware. My hobbies include trying to keep my wife happy, trying to keep my kids out of trouble, spending far too much time online, and looking at pictures of expensive sportscars I probably wouldn't buy even if I could afford them. I'm a geek, a skeptic, and an optimistic cynic. If don't get to swim in the ocean at least once a summer, I will explode by late November, leaving behind a smoking, vaguely coffee-scented crater.

I try to laugh as loudly and as often as possible.

Smashwords Interview

Who are your favorite authors?
To anyone who's familiar with my first published book, "The Sillymarillion", it should be obvious that I'm a Tolkien geek, not just of the somewhat uncommon variety who enjoyed "The Silmarillion" but of the even rarer breed who absorbs all the biographies, analyses, and posthumously-published scraps. It's for people like me that the late author's estate keeps publishing books with titles like "Lost Napkin Scribblings That Might Have Been Tolkien's From The Pub Where He Used To Hang Out, Volume MCXVI".

Other fantasy and SF authors I enjoy include, unsurprisingly, such names as Arthur C. Clarke, Frank Herbert, Harlan Ellison, George RR Martin, Naomi Novik, SM Stirling, and prolific alt-history writer Harry Turtledove. Douglas Adams of "Hitchhiker's Guide" fame is the writer who I most wish I could be more like in my comedic writing. Terry Pratchett's not half bad either.

I love Mark Twain, not for his novels but for his essays and plethora of great quotes. "It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt." Words to live by.

On the non-fiction side, Carl Sagan is a hero of mine for showing me just how unbelievably awesome is this universe around us. His "Demon Haunted World" is a recipe for critical thinking and "Pale Blue Dot" is probably my favorite non-fiction book. Mary Roach and Susan Jacoby are other non-fiction writers whose new work I actively keep an eye out for.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Weekdays: The necessity of gainful employment.
Weekends: Lunch isn't gonna make itself.
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The Sillymarillion - An Unauthorized Parody of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 52,730. Language: English. Published: February 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody
Blasphemy! Heresy! Not since Bored of the Rings has there been such a blatant desecration of the sacred works of J.R.R. Tolkien! True fans of Middle-earth, rise up against this upstart and his distorted retelling of The Silmarillion, Tolkien's history of the world before The Lord of the Rings.

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