I’ve done a good few author interviews on this blog. With my friends. People that I’ve known for a long time and had fun with and written with and stuff.
NOW I HAVE AN INTERVIEW WITH A FAMOUS PERSON
Everybody, meet David Webb. He’s extremely cool.
Hello! Thank you so much for having me. I love getting the chance to do these and meet new people!
I’m so glad to have you here! Okay, first question: When did you start writing?
I honestly don’t remember how young I was. It feels like my whole life, but I didn’t start taking it seriously until I was sixteen and I participated in (and won) National Novel Writing Month. It took me years before trying to publish anything, though, but I’m glad I waited!
What made you want to be a writer?
If I had to point to any one thing, I’d say reading Lord of the Rings was what really sparked my desire to write. I actually wrote a short fan-fiction sequel to Tolkien’s sage when I was ten or so, and I would try to find it, but I’d rather not risk the cringe.
What is your current favorite book and author?
Probably The Stand by Stephen King. It’s just so darn relevant! But also an amazing book.
What genre do you usually write in and why?
I’d best describe all my books as action/adventure. I love writing epic adventures with world-changing consequences, and climactic battles and final showdowns are so much fun to write.
Tell me about your books, or your WIP(s).
I’m currently four books into a nine-book saga called The Light Thief, a sci-fi dystopian series about a girl, Aniya Lyons, who just wants to save what’s left of her family while being hunted by a government assassin. It’s centuries in the future after a disaster that’s left the sun nearly dead, and humanity has retreated underground and found a new way of producing electricity. The Lightbringers have established a government using this technology and slowly devolved into a totalitarian society. It’s now eighteen years after a bloody uprising that’s left the underground world of the Web in a police state, and Aniya is about to find out just how corrupt the Lightbringers really are.
The fourth book comes out on January 26th, and the first book is free and the next two on sale for a limited time, so check the links down below!
What is your favorite weapon?
In real life? Glock G20. In fiction? Probably the good, old-fashioned broadsword.
Who helps you the most with your writing?
My beta readers, by far. I have two in particular who have helped me with everything from character arcs to proofreading.
What is your favorite thing to describe?
Probably a fight scene. I have at least one in every book that I put some serious time and effort into, and I think it really shows.
Which of your characters is your favorite?
That’s a tough question, the answer to which changes with every book. If I had to pick out of all of them, I’d have to say the infamous warlord, Salvador the Scourge. He’s so fun to write, and he has one of the most tragic arcs that you just can’t help but sympathize with.
If one of your characters could become real which one would you want?
Honestly, probably the first book’s villain, the Chancellor. Put in an impossible situation, he did the best he could and went down as a tyrant when all he really wanted was to give his people a voice. Given a different set of circumstances, he would have been a good man.
What advice would you give an aspiring author?
- Don’t wait for permission. Just start writing, and then you can call yourself a writer.
- Don’t stop reading, don’t stop learning, and don’t stop writing.
- Write every day. Done right, it is one of the fastest ways to improve as a writer.
If I had to sum up all three tips, it would be this: Just write. Everything else comes with time.
I also have a YouTube channel for authors, so if you want more advice, be sure to check it out!
Describe a potato in your style.
With wrinkled, brown skin and a soft, mushy interior, the potato had always dreamt of being so much more. It could have been salty, delectable french fries; a baked potato with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkling of cheddar cheese; he’d heard of little potatoes that were cut into accordions and glazed with butter and garlic; and with the right treatment, he could have even been vodka. But as the potato looked down past the brown skin, to a green patch of putrid, shriveled clumps, it sighed and accepted its fate. It landed in the bottom of the garbage bag and split open, and as it faded away, it mourned the loss of what could have been anything, but wound up being nothing.
That . . . that was profound. 😛 Thank you so much for coming over, Mr. Webb!
Thank you! This was a lot of fun, especially the potato part.
And that was the interview! Thank you so much to David Webb for doing this with me, and to Myriah Joy Grabish for setting this up for us. Below are some links to Mr. Webb’s website and books and Youtube channel. Be sure to check them out, because they are fantastic.
The Light Thief: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B082FR8L89
For aspiring authors: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCndue8lZyp6U_X70o5ofMzQ
I’ll see you guys next week!