Davd Kraine – facebook.com/ThePlagueSeries
– http://www.ThePlagueSeries.com – The Plague ebook website
– http://www.EzekialComics.com – Ezekial #1 website
– goodreads.com/dkraine – author goodreads page
2. Other than writing, what do you do for fun?
Music. I’m a music lover, though my husband calls me a music killer. The romantic side to this is that I have an uncanny ability to find popular songs before they make it big. The double-edged sword here is that I then play that song—on repeat—for days. There’s really no in-between: I love a song so much that I can’t stop listening for hours at a time, but then I get tired of it and never want to hear it again.
I love going to concerts, trolling Spotify for new songs, and sharing music with friends and family.
3. How long have you been writing? How many books have you written?
I’ve been writing since the sixth grade when my teacher first put on an Enya CD and introduced me to the wonderful world of free writing. I wrote my first “book” that year: three spiral notebooks telling the story of Joe the mouse. Joe is an adventurer who opens treasure chests to find items helping him on his quest to save a princess mouse from an evil dark lord mouse (read: Zelda with mice).
Since then, I’ve written about seven full-length novels. “The Plague” is my first full-length piece of work to leave my hard drive.
4. What genres do you like writing the most?
I studied evolutionary biology in college, and learning how the world works has always fascinated me. I think I’ve watched “The Inner Life of a Cell” video on YouTube about 500 times and still get goose bumps when kinesin appears at 1:13 (youtube.com/watch?v=wJyUtbn0O5Y).
That fascination with the incredible world around us draws me to write Science-Fiction. I love a good bit of fake science (or yet-to-be-proven, real science). I also enjoy writing fantasy stories, but magic and science don’t seem that far apart anyway.
5. Are you currently writing anything now? If so tell us about it? If not make something up…
I’m working on the sequel to The Plague ebook and the second in the Ezekial comic series. Aside from that, I’m in the illustrating process for a children’s book (out October’14) and polishing a more experimental comic series before beginning pencils.
6. How do you typically begin your projects? Do you create outlines and character profiles or jump in head first with the initial idea? And do you focus on just one at a time?
Ideas tend to jump around a lot before they ever form a story. Once I have the real makings of a story in my head I’ll sit down and just write. Fortunately, writing sheer quantity has never been my problem—it’s getting through the word vomit to something really good that’s challenging.
I am typically juggling multiple projects at a time. I try to stick to a single novel at once, but there’s always other things bouncing around.
7. What aspect of your writing do you consider your strength? Your weakness?
I hate naming characters—it feels so momentous, and finding the right one that captures exactly who they are is tough! I used to put in placeholder names, and then “find & replace” them when I came up with something. Now, I keep a running list of interesting names I hear as a bank for inspiration.
This is my first published novel; so, I’ll let you know 🙂 but I do think I’ve been naive about every step of the process. At first, I thought writing was going to be the hardest part. Then it was publishing. Now I’m finding that marketing is incredibly difficult as well. The good news is that each step is rewarding in its own way.
In today’s world, it seems like social media is really the best avenue to connect with readers. I love getting to share the whole experience with fans—from photos of my first signing to artwork inspired by the universe of The Plague. It’s a fun channel to connect with, rather than talk at, your audience.
9. What advice would you give a writer who is starting out?
Write! It’s not a romantic profession. If you’re waiting for the time or the inspiration to get started you’re never going to do it. The time is never right, and the idea is never that good. What makes it good is fifteen rounds of editing. What keeps me going through it though is the joy of getting to work with amazingly talented editors, artists, friends, and family who help throughout the whole process.