Author Chat Saturday – July 11, 2015

BryanDavisTributeIt’s author-chat Saturday!

Please post any questions (writing, author, book related) you have, and I will answer them as soon as possible. You may ask questions or make comments about specific books, but if you include spoilers, please start with a spoiler warning.

If you want to ask a more personal question, I will consider answering that as well, but no guarantees. 🙂

Let’s chat! 🙂

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  1. Do you have a working title for Reapers 3 yet?

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  2. How did you come up with the idea for the Echoes Of The Edge series?

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    • I was having an idea brainstorming session with my kids, and my second-born son suggested a boy in a room with a trunk that was closed in the room but open in the mirror. That was the seed, and I developed the story as I wrote it.

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  3. do you have a book that was your favorite to write?

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    • I have a hard time with “favorite” questions. I had joys and difficulties in writing all of my books. At times while writing each one was my favorite, and at times, I disliked each one. It’s a roller coaster.

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  4. How difficult was it to get your first non-fiction book published?

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    • Difficulty is “difficult” to measure. In one sense, some might call it easy since I got a contract for the idea with my first submission. In another sense, it was difficult, since I had been trying to get published through fiction for several years. The fiction trials were part of the training ground.

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  5. Why did you do three book series about billy and Bonnie?

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  6. What did Bonnie choose at the end of Tears of a Dragon?

    Just kidding. I miss the old forum meme.

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  7. How many new story ideas do you have? I know of the super hero story and the scent of her soul, but any others?

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  8. When is the Raising Dragons Graphic Novel coming out?

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    • I’m not sure. The illustrator has had many delays, and I am waiting for him to finish it. The newest deadline is less than a month, then it will go to the printing press, which takes a month or two.

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  9. My dad once had a teacher who believed that one should never start a sentence with the word “it.” What is your opinion?

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    • I think that’s bad advice. There are few “nevers” in writing. “It” at the beginning of a sentence is fine if the antecedent is clear and there is no need to restate the antecedent noun. For example:

      Why shouldn’t we prepare for a tornado? The answer is simple. It won’t happen. The sky is clear.

      You could write “A tornado won’t happen” but it’s unnecessary and a bit redundant.

      Yet, there are times when starting a sentence with “it” is not the best choice.

      It is a monster that haunts your dreams.

      This might be great dialogue from someone who wants to emphasize, but most people would say, “A monster haunts your dreams.”

      In any case, if that teacher really said “never,” he or she gave bad advice.

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  10. Was it hard to say goodbye to the characters from the Dragons in our Midst?

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  11. What was the fastest and/or easiest book for you to write and how long did it take?

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  12. Is there a specific tune that the songs from the DiOM/OoF/CotB should be sung to? I feel like you might’ve posted a video at some point, but if you did, I’ve lost it.
    Thanks!

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  13. What do you think of videogames as platforms for storytelling? Did you enjoy writing for Stargate: Unleashed? How was writing for a videogame different from writing a novel? Was the storyline written to its conclusion before the studio was shutdown? Are you allowed to reveal what would have happened?

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  14. How do you choose names for your characters? Do you just pick one you’ve always lied or do you go through a baby names book…?

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  15. Does your daughter Amanada, still write?
    Is there another book coming out by her soon?

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  16. What gave you the idea to write the Echoes from the Edge series? (I just finished reading the first one and it was awesome!)

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  17. I know it’s the day after the chat, but how do you write such amazing and complex poetry/riddles? Do they just flow without a ton of effort, or does it take some time to get the rhymes to match and get the deep message in it you want?

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