Today I have an interview with David Englund, author of the recently released Upsetting the Tides, the first in a new series of Science Fiction/Action/Thriller stories.
The hardest part would have to be reading it for the 27th time, trying to perfect a story that will never be perfect. Regardless of how many times I go over a story, I will always think of more things to change after the book is done. That is one of the reasons why Clark (the main character) writes my blog posts. The story continues to live as he adds information about his adventures that “didn’t make it into the files” (book).
The best part has to be the beginning process of a new book when story ideas are just popping into my head. There are so many directions a story can take. It is so much fun to develop the ideas into plot lines. And the writing at that point is incredibly fun; just get words on paper without concern for editing.
Answering this question at face value, I would have to say that I have thoroughly enjoyed reading and watching stories my entire life. It is exhilarating to make up stories of my own now. However, I never set out to be a writer in a wordsmith sense. I think of myself as more of a story teller. I simply hoped to tell a story that someone would want to read.
Believe it or not, I wrote the rough draft in four months. Once the ball started rolling and the story began formulating in my head, I could not wait to sit at the computer and pour out new ideas. I wrote several pages each day. Then, I spent the next two years, off and on, improving on it as I gained writing experience writing the next two books (now in editing themselves).
I jump around like crazy. Many times I will be writing in three or four chapters at the same time because I am excited about several different plot lines. I even jump back and forth between books. When ideas come to me, I have a difficult time being patient.
Anything else to add?
Thank you so much Sarah for giving me this opportunity. It is an honor to do an interview for a site that is so dedicated to books. I love talking about my story and it tickles me to think that thousands of people might read this interview.
About David Englund:
David J. Englund is a former Associate Professor of Economics turned storyteller. He daydreams of visiting other worlds and cultures on Clark Jackson’s adventures. His interests include reading, writing, baseball, cooking Italian food, and walking/jogging. David currently lives in Fargo, North Dakota.
Upsetting the Tides by David Englund
Clark Jackson, a forty-three-year-old-accountant, discovers a portal to a strange room. At first, the portal serves as an escape, a room for taking naps without time passing back on Earth. He comes to realize that a passageway has been opened when alien species begin passing through to Des Moines, Iowa. The realization of infinite worlds suddenly open to travel dawns on Clark.
In his travels he meets species that are friendly conversationalists and willing trading partners and other species that are not so kind to portal travelers. Meanwhile, the mysterious Environmental Protection Agency has advanced technology at their disposal. The energy signatures given off by Clark’s new device and aliens traveling to Des Moines attract their attention…
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