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Writing serial fiction and collaboration with other authors are things I haven't experienced myself, so I'm thrilled to interview author David Wright today.
In the intro, I talk about winning The Guardian Top 100 Creative Professionals 2013, as well as a little about my plans to play a bigger game as a public speaker in 2014, and some upcoming changes for this site.
The podcast is sponsored by Kobo Writing Life, which helps authors self-publish and reach readers in global markets through the Kobo eco-system. You can also subscribe to the Kobo Writing Life podcast for interviews with successful indie authors.
David Wright is the co-author of dark horror fiction with Sean Platt, including the series Yesterday's Gone, Z2134 and Whitespace. He also draws the comic strip Todd and Penguin, as well as being one third of the Self Publishing Podcast (nsfw). You can watch the video on YouTube here, or listen above or through the podcast feed.
- Dave has always alternated between writing and drawing, as a way of escape. He was a journalist and editorial cartoonist, and that job taught him to write thousands of words per day to deadline.
- How Dave's visual art and comic writing experience helps him write great fiction scenes
- Why we write dark fiction about the things that scare us. Dave shares his fears about being a parent.
- Influences on Dave's work, in terms of comics and fiction
- The line between authenticity and privacy for Dave and his family. Check out Dave's blog here.
- We talk about the renaissance of graphic novels and comics. There's never been a better time to be a writer or artist!
- What serialized fiction is and how the technology works for Amazon Serials vs what's available for indies right now. The books are in episodes which are collected in Seasons, the model being TV shows.
- On collaborative writing with Sean Platt. How they got started, and how their personalities complement each other. Dave's recommendations for authors wanting to try collaboration, and how to leave the ego behind.
- Why blogging is great for connection, learning from other authors and potential opportunities
- What Dave would love to write, as an ultimate goal
- On the Self-Publishing Podcast [which I highly recommend, although it is not safe for work and the humor can be a little puerile at times!] Johnny B Truant, Sean Platt and Dave share their journey as self-published authors, and I certainly learn from the shows, and it's probably the only show I always listen to. The show has a book out on Dec 5, Write, Publish, Repeat, containing all their lessons learned, and more detail on writing fast as well as writing serials and more. Keep an eye out at the SPP show and I'll also be blogging about it in Dec.
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