Author David Wiley
Stephanie met David Wiley through another writer when she joined up with a team of fantasy writers who collaborated on fantasy stories together, the Fab Four. The friendship blossomed and now David has joined the Our Write Side team as a book review team member and monthly contributor. He is our go-to for fantasy, sci-fi, and Christian fiction.
Name: David Wiley
Latest Release: “The Saga of Freydis Beastsbane” in After Avalon anthology by 18th Wall Press
Genre: Fantasy and Science Fiction
David Wiley is an author of science fiction and fantasy stories, choosing to write the stories that he would love to read.
His short fiction has previously been published in Sci Phi Journal, OWS Ink, Mystic Signals and King Arthur anthologies by Uffda Press and 18th Wall Productions. David resides in central Iowa with his wife and their cats and spends his time reading, writing, and playing board games.
- Do you use a pen name? Why or why not? I do not use a pen name, mainly because I see no need for one, personally. I’d like nothing more than to hold a book containing solely my own writing in there and have it say my own name on the cover.
2. Describe your writing style in three words. Character-driven action.
3. How long have you been writing? In some shape or form, I’ve been dabbling since Elementary age. It picked up a lot in high school, which would be about 16 years ago when that started. My more serious writing began in 2012 when I started a blog for my writing, which lasted for about a year and led to some great growth as a writer.
4. Which type of writing challenges inspire you the most? It varies, as I have done word and picture prompts. Mostly I prefer to let the stories come of their own accord, although some of my favorites have come from challenges or prompts.
5. Describe one way in which you could improve your writing. I love writing action scenes so much, but I know that my dialogue can improve, as can my overall worldbuilding.
6. What is the best writing advice you’ve ever been given? Write the stories you would want to read.
7. Who is your favorite author? J.R.R. Tolkien.
8. How do you make time to write? I am terrible about keeping a regular writing schedule. Some months I write all the time. Other months it can be a struggle to get a few thousand words. But my mind is always thinking on the stories when I have those quiet moments free from distraction. I have a very supportive wife who never complains when I mention that I am going to write for a while.
9. When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time? I spend a lot of time with my wife and, now, our newborn child. We also play a lot of board games, which is one of my favorite things to do. I read a lot of books and am really getting more involved in studying Medieval England and Iceland (history, culture, literature)
10. How do you discover the ebooks you read? I tend to do more indie authors these days for eBooks, and conventions like the Book to Brain convention that is held each year on Goodreads is an excellent place to meet your next favorite author. Facebook takeover events can also be fantastic, as you get to “meet” authors and learn more about them and the books they are writing.
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11. Do you remember the first story you ever wrote? Nope, not really. My mom has a story I wrote in sixth grade, I think, where Santa had some wild experiences. I don’t remember anything of it, or even what it is about.
12. What are your five favorite books, and why? The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien because it is a story I can read again and again every year and never grow tired of it. This is the epitome of the hero’s journey, starting from hopeless hobbit and transitioning to brave burglar. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien because it is epic in scope and shows the ultimate struggle of good versus evil in so many areas. Beowulf because it is an epic poem with battles against monsters and dragons and, quite frankly, it is far better than any film adaptation has produced. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card because the whole battle school premise was outstanding at the time and the plot twist was very well-executed. I only wish the sequels had more battle school and less philosophical and scientific exploration. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas because it is a book that contains so many outstanding elements, written in such a way as to slowly unfold and build up to a grand crescendo. This is the classic of all classics, in my eyes, and the first I would recommend to anyone looking at Victorian-era literature.
13. Describe your desk/writing space: Very simple and uncluttered. A printer, some books that have my stories in there. I usually write on the computer, with the Lord of the Rings soundtrack playing through Spotify.
14. Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing? I grew up in central Iowa, and my setting had nothing to do with influencing my writing. Being raised in Willow, The Legend of Zelda, Dragon Warrior, and Final Fantasy had more to do with my eventual writing habits than my home environment.
15. When did you first start writing? As a hobby, in 2000. As a more serious approach, 2012.
16. Do you prefer to write long stories, short, flash? What is easiest for you? It has changed over the years. Back in 2012 I did a lot of flash fiction and serialized shorts. Last year I was more into writing short stories in one shot. Now those have grown, with it not being uncommon to pass the 8,000 word mark before the story reaches its conclusion. My most recent one that I finished was just over 20,000 words. And I loved everything that I was able to explore in that story because of its length.
17. Share one writing goal you have yet to meet. Getting my first book published! Even if no others ever follow, I want nothing more than to see this one get published and reach an audience.
18. What is the greatest joy of writing for you? I love telling stories, and so half of the joy comes from just seeing how the stories unfolds during the writing process. The other half comes from hearing from people who have read, and enjoyed, the stories that I wrote.
19. What do your fans mean to you? I’m not sure that my fan base, apart from my wife and family, would need more than one hand to count right now. But one of the biggest reasons that I continue to write is with the hope that someone will someday be able to read it and enjoy it. That is worth more to me than any payment sum that might be offered.
20. What are you working on next? Right now I am working on a major batch of revisions to my first novel, which I hope to complete by the end of the summer. After that, I will either dive into another short story or else the next book that I have rattling around in my mind.
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