Complementing my interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the three hundred and forty-sixth, is of suspense / thriller / mystery author and interviewee David Fingerman. If you would like to take part in an author spotlight, take a look at author-spotlights.
From the time he learned how to write, until graduating from high school, David always enjoyed writing stories. Unfortunately, college pretty much zapped his creativity and stifled his will to write for enjoyment. He had no designs on becoming a writer until well after college when a friend literally threw a book at him and told him it was a must read. The book was Shatterday by Harlan Ellison. Because of that book, and after years of lying dormant, the spark of creativity was relit and for the first time since high school, David wrote for the pure pleasure of writing. With a number of short stories to his collection, it finally dawned on him that it might be fun to send them out for publication. Although the first ten responses were rejections, there was enough positive feedback from editors to keep him sending out stories. Finally, number eleven was the charm.
After spending over twenty years working in the Hennepin County court system, David saw the best and worse traits humankind had to offer (mostly worse). He’s taken that experience to create stories that highlight how narrow the line is between good and evil (there’s an awful lot of gray between that black and white).
David has come full circle. His first book, Edging Past Reality, was a collection of speculative fiction short stories. He then switched to novels. After two suspense/thriller mysteries and an urban noir novel, David went back to his roots and just released his second collection of short stories called Two Degrees Closer to Hell.
And now from the author himself:
Making the rounds on Facebook recently, I found a number of people were listing things that others might not know about them. I didn’t partake because I’m pretty private about my personal life on Facebook. But the more I thought about it, I thought it might be fun to open up here on Morgen’s author spotlight. So here’s a list of five things most people don’t know about me.
- I’ve come very close to death five times in my life. Twice due to sickness, once because of an accident, and twice due to pure stupidity on my part. Now that I can look back and laugh about them, they make for excellent story fodder.
- I often listen to music while I write (no biggie there) and have a wide variety of tastes. I’ve been known to listen to bagpipe music to Gregorian chants, to Iggy Pop to Oscar Peterson. When I’m writing some of my most violent scenes, I’m somehow drawn to Mazzy Star. Why? I have no idea.
- I’m fascinated by lighthouses, Irish music, and Theda Bera. Why? Again, I have no idea. I’m guessing it has something to do with past lives.
- Dreams are one of my best sources for ideas. Even though I quit cigarettes a number of years ago, I’m still tempted to tryout the nicotine patch. I’ve heard from many people that it makes dreams even more vivid and bizarre.
- One of the stories in Two Degrees Closer to Hell is semi-autobiographical. Can you guess which one?
Thank you, Morgen, for allowing me to appear on your blog.
You’re so welcome, David. It always makes me smile when someone says I’m allowing them to appear on my blog. I’m always so grateful to have guests spending time sharing their stories with me, and that I have such great content to share with my… our visitors. Thank you, David.
You can find more about David and his writing via…
- Website: http://davidfingerman.com
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/David-Fingerman-Author/523160124382574?ref=hl
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/davfin23
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