Complementing my interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the three hundred and eighty-first, is of thriller / suspense novelist and interviewee David McGowan. If you would like to take part in an author spotlight, take a look at author-spotlights.
He is a prolific reader, with Stephen King and Dean Koontz being two of his favourite authors. He lists Desperation as his favourite King novel, calling it the inspiration behind The Hunter Inside. His favourite Koontz novel is False Memory. His all-time favourite novel is Catch 22 by Joseph Heller.
He began his debut novel during a bout of insomnia, declaring at the head of the manuscript,
“This is my attempt at writing a short story. God knows how far I will get.”
Fast forward a couple of years, and that short story became The Hunter Inside, a 100,000 word psychological suspense thriller that occupied the number 1 spot in the Amazon suspense charts, and has been downloaded onto more than 21,000 Kindles.
David’s current project is a science fiction trilogy called From The Sky. The titles of the individual 80,000 word novels are ‘ARRIVAL’, ‘JOURNEY’ and ‘NEVADA’. It is the story of a small town in northern California called Camberway, what happens to the people who live there when giant UFOs suddenly appear in the skies above, and how the survivors band together to journey towards a final revelation that will shock his fans around the world.
David writes fiction with a twist – page-turners that keep readers up past their bedtime and have the power to chill, inspire, frighten and amaze in equal measure.
In the works is David’s fifth novel. It is a ghostly full-length offering with the working title of Addersley Hall. It is scheduled for release in early 2016.
A self-published author, David handles every aspect of his work, from writing to cover design to publishing and marketing. He is the author of many articles that aim to help other authors and bloggers reach their potential and find their niche.
When asked what he thought was more important – money or fame – he answered,
“Neither. What’s important is following your dreams and being happy. If you do those two things then you don’t need money or fame, and if you are true to yourself and give one hundred percent to everything you do, then you will be able to measure your success in satisfaction and happiness.”
David loves to connect directly with his fans and friends around the world, and responds directly to messages and questions on his Facebook author page and on Twitter.
“Writing is a pretty solitary enterprise at times, but as a self-published author I get to meet my readers and interact with them much more than traditional authors who have all of their publicity handled by their publishers. I’m often surprised by reader’s opinions of some of my characters, but I sometimes secretly love the villains and get annoyed by the good guys too! Hearing what people think of the worlds and characters that are constructed inside the narrow confines of my mind is uplifting for me as an author and as a person, because all I ever truly want to do is reach people with my work, and introduce them to these characters that to me are all too real. I want people who read my stories to remember the people in them long after they have finished and stepped out of the world of fiction.”
David lives alone with his books, his often blank manuscript files and his vices. He has promised himself that someday he will get a cat, as someone once told him that no home is complete without books and cats.
Until that day comes, he is relying on you to step into his world and meet the people he knows so well.
“Perhaps they can be your imaginary friends like they are mine,” he says with a wry smile. “That’s when I’m not killing them, of course.”
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