First off, tell me about yourself?
My name is David Wilson, and my author pen-name is Franklin Posner. I’m from Gresham, a town right next to Portland, Oregon. I’ve lived there all my life. I became a published novelist for the first time in 2017, at the age of 48.
What made you want to be a writer?
I’ve always been interested in story-telling, in creating new worlds and experiences and writing them down. Ever since I was a kid, I had a passion for creative writing. When I was about ten or so, I wrote a series of comic stories that I shared with friends and family. The stories (and the art) were a bit simplistic (I was ten years old), but they had cohesive storylines and unique characters, so I had the basic bones of writing even back then. In High School and College, I took courses in writing, and several people told me I had talent and should consider pursuing writing as a career. Well, I didn’t; I pursued other things. However, I would occasionally begin a project, only to give up in frustration. For a long while, I tried to forget about writing, but it was always in my mind. Then, in 2014, I got the urge to go ahead and try writing again. This time, I didn’t let my own negativity get me down, and a few months later I completed my first novel-length project. I’ve completed five more novels since then and have published two.
And what attracted you to writing in your specific genre, and do you stick with that consistently or do you change it up?
I wasn’t specifically attracted to my main genre (urban or contemporary fantasy) at first, but over the years I had developed an idea for a character who lived his life quietly in a suburban setting, but who was secretly something else. At first, I thought of this character as a highly-skilled special ops/assassin/secret agent type who no one would suspect, because he wasn’t otherwise noteworthy, meaning he could blend in with a crowd easily. This character eventually morphed and merged with another character I came up with, that being a vampire who was a loveable slob, who went against all the various tropes and vampire stereotypes and didn’t fit in with “mainstream” vampires. Those ideas merged to become Scott Campbell, a likeable forty-something vampire who lives in a town right outside Portland, Oregon. One thing I like about the Urban Fantasy genre is the ability to take familiar settings and tweak them to fit a supernatural or paranormal character or event. I do not plan on writing solely in the Urban Fantasy genre and would like to branch out to historical drama, police/detective thrillers, and more.
So tell me about what you’ve written, and has it been published/where can potential fans find your book(s)?
Both my published novels, Suburban Vampire: A Tale of the Human Condition – With Vampires, and Suburban Vampire Ragnarok, can be purchased online at Amazon or other online retailers, such as Barnes and Noble.
If you have had stuff published, how has it been received? And what is your opinion of your work now that it’s out there?
My work has generally been received positively. Most of the reviews for my first novel, either at Goodreads or at Amazon, have been very positive. The first reviews for Suburban Vampire Ragnarok have been glowing. I am proud of what I’ve done, but I don’t think it’s perfect by any means; there are some technical writing flaws that, knowing what I know now, I would not have made, and hopefully will not make in the future. Despite those issues, I’m still proud of what I’ve done, and while they may not be the next great American novels, if I’ve entertained the reader, then I’ve done my job.
Is there anything you’d change or do differently now that it’s published?
I mentioned some technical writing issues above, and those are the things I’d do differently. I’d tighten up the dialogue a bit and worry less about going into great descriptive detail but let the reader fill in the blanks with their own imaginations. That’s part of the fun of reading, anyway.
Speaking of publishing, how did you go about getting you book(s) published, and what was your publishing journey like?
My publishing journey was a learning experience, that’s for sure. I had no idea what I was getting into when I attempted to get my novel published via traditional means, so it was a huge wake-up call. I learned that publishers tend to be very cautious and conservative, and don’t like taking the big chances. After several rejections, even from some publishing houses that claimed to like what I wrote and saw potential in it, I decided to try my hand at self-publishing. That also has been an interesting experience, but thankfully, I found a couple different services that helped me at every step along the way.
Now tell me a little about what your writing process is like?
I write in short bursts. If I get a page down in one day, I’m happy (I still have a “real” job, so time is limited). I prefer to write at my home, on my home computer, but I can and do write at other places.
And do you write for any market or demographic in particular?
Although my work is geared more for an adult audience, that wasn’t necessarily my aim. Readers of diverse ages, from young adult to older readers, have enjoyed my work. Also, my work my be written from a male point-of-view, but many female readers have enjoyed my novels, as well. I believe the ultimate appeal of my work is universal.
What advice do you have for other writers?
Just write something. It doesn’t matter if you think it’s junk, just write, and keep on writing. Don’t stop to edit or second-guess your choices, just keep writing until you are done, and don’t give up.
Tell me about some writers you really like and/or admire?
I count among my influences C.S. Lewis, both for his Narnia series and for The Screwtape Letters. J.R.R. Tolkien is an obvious influence, as is Robert E. Howard. I can also mention Louis L’Amour, Mickey Spillane, Ian Fleming, and Dashiell Hammett. I admire Stephen King’s work ethic. My two biggest influences lately have been Larry Correia (for his Monster Hunter International series) and a writer who may be a bit obscure to most readers by the name of Larry Pike. Larry was a friend of my father who wrote only one novel, a combination police/detective procedural and horror/urban fantasy titled Killer Instinct. He influenced me to pursue my dreams (and, of course, the combination of police story and horror was directly influential on the story and setting of the Suburban Vampire series). Sadly, he passed on in 2012.
How do you deal with writer’s block?
First, it doesn’t hurt to take a break and get some inspiration. Prayer, meditation, music, being out in nature, watching a good movie or TV show, and, of course, reading someone else’s work, can all help break that wall. My second tactic is just to write something, even if it makes no sense or totally sucks. Go back and edit later or leave it out of the overall storyline. It’s like a jumpstart for your muse.
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