David Niall Wilson is a prolific author of dark fantasy, and much more. He stopped by to talk about his newest book, Nevermore: A Novel of Love, Loss, and Edgar Allan Poe, and much, much more, so please welcome David to the blog!
David, you’re a man of many hats: publisher, writer, former Horror Writer’s Association president, and much more! Will you tell us a bit more about your background? Have you always wanted to be a writer?
From a very early age, the world of books became a second home to me. I think that there must have been some point where I thought – yes, that’s it – I’m going to be a writer, but I can’t recall when that would have been. It just seemed a natural progression to me. In many of the books I read, there were characters who were writers. I always empathized with them.
In High School I worked on the writing a little more. I had a wonderful Creative Writing teacher, Nell Wiseman, and my literature teacher allowed me to turn in things that I’d created that went along with the lessons we were learning as extra credit. It was probably during that period that I quit saying that I wanted to be a writer, and started to say that I was a writer. Of course, being young, it was several years later that I actually got around to doing something about it.
In the 1980s I took a course from Writer’s Digest Books – “Writing to Sell Fiction” – which was a short story course. I was lucky enough to get the late J. N. “Jerry” Williamson as my mentor / instructor. He not only helped me figure out the basics of form and style, but he introduced me to other writers, to the small press, and to the friends and colleagues I’ve now shared decades with. Thanks to Jerry I was one of the early members of the HWA – back when it was still called H.O.W.L. – and got to meet personal heroes like Dean Koontz and Robert McCammon. Those were different times.
From there, as they say, one thing led to another. I published a small press magazine – The Tome for 13 issues. I wrote and sold a small pile of short stories and collected a much larger pile of rejection slips (some of which were remarkable enough that I still have them). On the old Genie Bulletin Board system – sort of a Facebook Precursor – I networked and sold more stories to anthologies and magazines. I sold my first novel, This is My Blood, in 1998 and wrote a Star Trek Voyager novel in 1999 (that one actually came out first).
I’ve been writing ever since. I probably wasted several years during my time in the Navy not producing as much as I might have, and I lost a couple of years to a bad divorce about 13 years ago… The modern branch of my career started around 2004 when I sold my novel Deep Blue, and dumped the last of a string of bad agents. I then sold a string of novels in quick succession, and started working on The DeChance Chronicles, and several stand-alone thrillers.
Now, I finish at least one and usually two or three books in a year. I have not written many stories recently but do have a book – Lost and Found – that may finally come out soon that is comprised of short stories by myself and Neil Gaiman – based on the Kinetic art of Lisa Snellings (who also did the wonderful cover art for Nevermore – A Novel of Love, Loss & Edgar Allan Poe. --- READ THE REST AT MY BOOKISH WAYS - >