This week’s bookish friend is a little different. My friend Dave doesn’t use a lot of social media (which I have huge respect for!). So I thought I would do a little intro! Dave and I met through working in the industry – Dave does a lot of work with some excellent content creators by the name of The Popculturists. Dave is one of those people who have made my time working in the Australian video games industry and working with media a really enjoyable time! I gave Dave the usual 10 questions and I am so glad that he agreed to contribute to my blog this week! Please enjoy Dave’s answers.
Please introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about yourself –
I’m 32 and currently reside in Melbourne, Victoria. I have a beautiful wife and a 3 year old daughter. A few years ago I decided to take my hobby of writing short stories to the next level and I embarked on a journey to write and self-publish my first novel. In late 2013 I released “Singing Sand.” The book was rather short, coming in at only 130 pages, but it was a tremendous personal accomplishment for me and it was official … I was hooked! I went on to write and release the sequel, “Quietus” in early 2014, followed by a paranormal fantasy novella titled “Blind Servitude” in mid 2014. Since releasing these three stories I relocated back to Melbourne (I resided in Adelaide during the period), and commenced a new full time position in a completely different field, Channel Management for a large energy company. I hope to make some changes in the coming months which will afford me more time to focus on my writing and of course … my reading!
The last book you read
“12 Rules for Life” by Jordan B. Peterson
Describe the book in 5 words
Pursue what’s meaningful in life
Which book has left the most lasting impression on you?
“The Scar” by China Mieville
What book series do you think is underrated?
The “Axis” Trilogy (BattleAxe, Enchanter and StarMan) by Sara Douglass.
What makes a character authentic?
A passenger in a car doesn’t often notice when the ride was a comfortable one, however should the experience be rough you can guarantee it will not go unnoticed. I believe the same applies to the dialogue of characters in stories. If the dialogue is natural and flows logically the character feels authentic. At least enough that it doesn’t remove the reader from the story or questioning the decisions by a character or worse, not accepting their choices or the story more broadly.
Can you remember the first book that you really loved?
The “Magician” by Raymond E. Feist
Name one book/author that you really can’t stand?
I rarely read books that aren’t highly recommended by friends or peers with similar interests to my own. Based on this I haven’t actually read a book I didn’t enjoy, this includes the countless self-published books by independent authors I review swapped when releasing my own novels.
What was the first book you remember reading/being read?
“The Tale of Peter Rabbit” by Beatrix Potter, my father would read it to me when I was 5 and I would fall asleep dreaming of stealing vegetables and getting up to mischief in Mr McGregor’s garden.
Do you hesitate seeing any movie of a book you have read?
I actually look forward to seeing film adaptations, I’m interested to see another person’s take on the story, characters and environments. As other’s often say, the film rarely compares to the original content, but I still enjoy the films in their own unique way of telling the same or similar story. I did struggle with Ready Player One however … my god they butchered a fantastic story with that one.