Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Author Interview – Dave Wolverton

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Do you find it hard to share your work? When I published my first book, I had nightmares for the week before it came out.  I would dream that I was reading reviews, and the critics were taking turns excoriating me.  So I obviously have some inner fears, and though I’ve been doing this for 25 years, I still get my “pre-publishing nightmares” on occasion.

Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you? My parents initially tried to dissuade me from writing, especially when I dropped out of pre-med.  But once I began getting rave reviews and hitting bestseller lists, my dad conceded that, “Okay, maybe that is a real career path for you.”

Now that I’ve been at it for years, I don’t think that I’m really fit for many other jobs.

Do you plan to publish more books? Lots more.  I don’t think that I will ever stop writing.  If I do, believe this or not, I would like to start a company and make my own custom Christmas ornaments.  I don’t think I could make a living at it, but I really enjoy creating unique art projects, and this would be the kind of thing that I could enjoy.

What else do you do to make money, other than write? It is rare  today for writers to be full time… I like to teach writing workshops.  It allows me to meet other writers and have a social life.  I’ve trained dozens of people who have gone on to become internationals bestselling authors.  For example, one of my student’s Brandon Sanderson, went on to write on the Wheel of Time series.  James Dashner has his first movie,  The Maze Runner, coming out in February.  Stephenie Meyer has become the bestselling YA author of her time, and Brandon Mull has also hit #1 on the New York Times Bestsellers list.  So I make a little money at that, but I’d probably make more if I focused more on writing.

What other jobs have you had in your life? I’ve been a prison guard, and ice-cream pie maker, a missionary, a college professor, an editor, a Hollywood greenlighting analyst, a meatcutter, a farmhand, a grocery store manager, a technical writer—you know, the normal panoply of writing jobs.

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