Author Interview: David Green

David Green

1. We’ll skip the “tell us about yourself” because coming up with something on the spot is, truly, the bane of an author’s existence. So, let’s start with something a little easier! Tell me what you’re working on at the moment.

I’m working on a few things! I have some ghostwriting projects that I’m enjoying; they’re related to genres I’d usually write but a little different so I’m having fun with them. On top of that I have a few short-story anthology pieces I’m almost finished with, and on top of *that* I’m working on In Solitude’s Shadow sequel, and book two of the Empire of War series, Path of War.

2. In as much detail as you would like, tell me about your book(s) that are already out/on the way.

So I have two books in two different series at the moment – the Empire of Ruin series with the first book of the trilogy being In Solitude’s Shadow. It’s a character driven, epic dark fantasy which has received strong reviews so far, and I’m excited for the rest of the series. It’s influenced by my love of the Wheel of Time, the Dragon Age video game series, the Roman Empire, the Mediterranean, and parenthood, and has drawn favourable comparisons to Brandon Sanderson’s work, which is always nice.

My other series is the Hell in Haven series; an urban fantasy noir. There are two books – Dead Man Walking, and its sequel The Devil Walks In Blood – but we recently released a special edition of the sequel with a new cover, and it includes both books! The main character is Nick Holleran, a private eye who has a bad day. He’s murdered and realises Heaven is real. Just before he reaches the pearly gates, he’s resuscitated and discovers something else… Hell is real, and we’re all living in it alongside ghosts, demons, beasts, Nephilim, and anything your imagination (and mine) can come up with. It’s Hellrazer meets Dresden Files with a bit of John Wick thrown in.

3. As far as the writing process goes—including such things as conception of idea all the way through to money in the bank—what is the least favourite bit? (Everyone has one!)

Least favourite bit is promotion! Or perhaps waiting for reviews… that’s a tough one! I’ll go with promotion, it’s hard. There’s so many authors trying to do it, and there’s so many ways to do it right, and to do it wrong. And then you need luck! But… it’s still quite fun. I love being an author and everything that comes with it, and realise I’m quite fortunate to be doing this.

4. Conversely, what is the bit of the writing process that gets your writery brain grinning?

Talking with my beta readers and editor after the first draft’s done. There’s a story and a book there, and though there’s work to be done, you can discover what works, what doesn’t, and what has potential for more.

5. If you could steal any author’s ability to improve your own work, who would you steal from and why? (e.g. Tolkien’s language skills, Douglas Adams’ humour, etc.)

Joe Abercrombie’s use of snappy, witty, informative short sentences. I love a short sentence, often if that sentence is just a word, so that would be it.

6. Now for some fun! The main character of the book you’re working on (or have recently finished) has kidnapped you for ruining their life. How will you explain that what you’re doing is for the best?

Hmmm… that’s assuming what I have planned for them is for the best! In both series! You’ve put me in a very tricky position, here. I’ll just tell them ‘I have a plan’ and hope they think I mean it in a benign way.

7. You, your main character(s), and the protagonist of the last book you read are playing poker. What are the stakes? Who will win and why?

The stakes would probably be for most of the other characters to clear off and escape Haltveldt (the continent where Empire of Ruin takes place) as quickly as possible for some, and to stay and fight for others. Calene would have no poker face, and neither would Tilo. Arlo’s too young. Vettigan and Kade would hold their own, but I wouldn’t bet against Brina. She’d win. Plus, I’d write it, and I’d make it so!

8. Let’s face it, writing is hard. What do you think are some traps to avoid in your particular area of expertise? (Whether that be your genre, your knowledge of plot, your character building, your world building, etc.)

I think worldbuilding is essential in fantasy, but if you’re like me and love it but also have severe OCD, you can spend so much time creating a world without sitting down to write a story. You could worldbuild for years. The story has to come first; and the worldbuilding needs to serve that story and those characters first and foremost. Once you have a draft, you can begin building out, and once you have a first book or series, you can plan other tales in that living, breathing world you’ve created. But do get writing!

9. Anything else you’d like to add? Plots to take over the world, for example. Upcoming release dates, links and things, maybe even your favourite chocolate cake recipe.

Get a free short-story collection, Tales of Fire and Shadow, for signing up to my newsletter at www.davidgreenwriter.com, and if you do check out In Solitude’s Shadow or The Devil Walks In Blood, I hope you enjoy and let me know! The sequels to both will be available in 2022.