I have been writing stories on and off since I was a teenager, always with one foot in the realm of serious and another in the realm of cheap pop fantasy/sci-fi/horror - which, of course, is probably how I ended up with a firm footing in neither.
I believe in a balance of craftsmanship and wild entertainment. I write what I like, and I like to think that I do a good job in doing so.
Enjoy the words.
Describe your desk
It is unique, home-made, my own personal Frankenstein Monster - providing Frankenstein's Monster was painted white, made of plywood, and still running Windows XP (in which case I would feel very sorry for it).
However, I'm not kidding. Circa 2009 I got rid of my old sit-down desk and built a standing desk. It's not easy on the feet but better everywhere else, and yes I do all of my writing standing up. You may notice a boost in energy and urgency in everything I've written since 2009 - that's the desk, not me.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Upstate New York, Catskills and Hudson Valley region. How did it influence my writing? Well, no region does Halloween better and a lot of what I do always seems to gravitate back to an October state of mind.
on Sep. 12, 2014
Damon Wakes writes something which has always been sorely lacking in literature - stories which are actually fun to read. So if you are looking for poignant emotion rending drama then go elsewhere. If you've had a bad day and need something to pull you out of a flunk then this is the stuff.