Dan Glaser


DAN GLASER originally hails from Fargo, North Dakota, where he first crafted his affection for storytelling. Also an independent filmmaker, he cut his teeth on the feature-length crime thriller "Pinching Penny" (2011). The film can be found through Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, and many other venues. Glaser currently lives in Los Angeles, California, in a matchbox studio apartment near the L.A. River. It isn’t much of a river.

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
The freedom. Apart from writing, I spend most of my time as an independent filmmaker. Film is such a fantastic medium, but it has a lot of restrictions: length, censorship/ratings, etc. With novels, you're spared those confinements, and can focus on giving the story what it needs: the right length, the right tone, the right amount of scenes that would otherwise be too costly and require special effects, etc. The mind doesn't need to render, it make-believes all on its own. Also, film is quite a collaborative art form, which I truly enjoy, but it's really nice to have an outlet where you're the only fountainhead - whatever decisions you make, you've made them. If you make a mistake, it's yours. My good friend Timothy J. Meyer (author of "Hull Damage") was the first person to really teach me the freedom a book's pages can give you, the breathing room it allows for imagination, and the brave and wily sort of pride that comes from being the sole artistic voice.
Who are your favorite authors?
J.R.R. Tolkein really started it all for me. I absolutely adored "The Lord of the Rings" growing up; his novels made me want to become an author, and it's something I've dreamed about doing since I was in 7th grade, journeying through Middle-Earth with Frodo and company.

Other authors/playwrights I'm quite partial to (and my favorite works by them) are Ayn Rand ("Atlas Shrugged"), George Orwell ("1984"), Cormac McCarthy ("No Country for Old Men"), James Ellroy (The L.A. Quartet), Ernest Hemingway ("The Old Man and the Sea"), George R.R. Martin (The Song of Ice and Fire Series), Ray Bradbury ("Fahrenheit 451"), Samuel Beckett ("Waiting for Godot"), Martin McDonnagh ("The Pillowman"), Joss Whedon ("Astonishing X-Men"), Kurt Vonnegut ("Slaughterhouse 5"), William Gibson ("Burning Chrome"), Chuck Palahniuk ("Fight Club"), Bill Waterson ("Calvin and Hobbes"), and Smashwords' own Timothy J. Meyer ("Hull Damage").
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Adapted from the dieselpunk noir novel "A Fistful of Nothing" by Dan Glaser. Out 3.18.14 on Smashwords and Amazon. ---- In the crumbling catacombs beneath a firebombed Hollywood, an ex-private eye named Jim scours the subway rails for payoff on a gamble gone wrong, but stumbles instead on an underworld metropolis divided by vice, vendettas, mysteries, and murder plots. Welcome to The Hollywoodholes. Welcome to your chrome coffin.


A Fistful of Nothing
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 88,060. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk
Chrome giants. Traincar shanties. Electromagnetic revolvers. Welcome to The Hollywoodholes - where an ex-private eye scours the collapsed metro tunnels of an alternate 1952 Hollywood for payoff on a gamble gone wrong...and stumbles instead on an underworld metropolis divided by vice, vendettas, mysteries, & murder plots.

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