Emily: BEGIN!! Dan, How would you like to introduce yourself to those who will be reading this Twitter-view?
Me: I am an author, editor, philosopher, and mostly a human being. You can find out more about me at my blog. Mostly I love writing and want to share it with the world
Emily: You list in your bio many interests, which one do you expect will take you to global notoriety?
Me: I really hope it is writing, that is my first love. But I am committed to making Empirical a success as well.
Emily: How would you like to be perceived in the eyes of those who follow your fiction writing?
Me: As someone who loves what he does, and someone who is willing do go out and get what he love. Living honestly.
Emily: With what writing exercise, or experience, did you realize you were going to be a writer?
Me: It all started when I was about seven and I made a play for my cousins, complete with a set and a story. From the moment I started telling stories, I was hooked. Life has a narrative, every life.
Emily: Where can we go online to find out more about you?
Me: Head over to my blog or check out the Empirical site. Be sure to check out my new radio show as well.
Emily: Do you consider yourself reserved and solitary: why, or why not?
Me: I recharge alone, but I am a people person. I love discourse and meeting new folks, learning from them. It really depends on the situation. I love making people think, challenging them to see the world differently.
Me: The Socratic method and the radical empiricism of William James; live honestly and tell true stories, examine everything, question that which can be questioned, be curious. The only way to live honestly is to examine life and consider the lives of others.
Emily: What will be the topic line-up and 'vision' of your radio show. And BTW 'Thank you!' for the invite to be on!
Me: Excited to have you! It is going to simply be the examined life, from sports to books, philosophy to science. I have great hopes for the radio show. I want to highlight those who are with me on this journey. We are all in it together; one world with many voices, but one journey.
Emily: What the hell inspired you to create the world portrayed in The End of the World Playlist?
Me: It was a whim! Everyone in the novella is real, friends who I imagined at the end of the world. It is actually part of a much longer series, told in reverse, with the second book taking place before The End of the World Playlist. Plus, who doesn't love zombies?
Emily: That's is interesting, actually. Readers LOVE series! When can we expect the next forward-thinking installment of The End of the World Playlist?
Me: I am hoping sometime this year, or early next year. It is tentatively titled: San Francisco Dreaming. Right now it is a trilogy in my mind - I hope it stays that way. (laughs)
Emily: What is a zombie’s greatest strength, would YOU say?
Me: Fear of the unknown and mortality, the threat and fear of an unclean death. Mindlessness is a strong component as well, beyond the metaphorical notions.
Emily: What do we need to know, re:Lonely, to compel our fascination? (Your main character in The Journey)
Me: The Journey is highly metaphorical, but as well painted with broad strokes. It is a journey of human understanding.
Emily: Hmmm, metaphors. The Journey - I sense a strong thread running through your writing, yes? Not so much?
Me: Honestly, most of my novels have a strong philosophical base, a fable element that I enjoy. If you enjoyed Hesse or Gibran, you might want to take a look.
Emily: I could recite Gibran to you. Most of your readers would probably celebrate your inclination toward Kahlil ;D
Me: Gibran was important for me growing up.
Emily: Do these philosophical fable elements appeal to your fans in a way other writing doesn't?
Me: I would like to think so. A lot of people say I have a distinct writing style, old world - sprinkled with fantasy, horror, and science fiction, of course :)
Emily: "Sprinkled with fantasy, horror, etc" totally gets 'Favorited Tweet' status, thank you! ;D Switching gears a little: What audience is the academic forum, Empirical magazine, written for?
Me: My first response would be: anyone who wants honest, thought-provoking discourse. Empirical is strongly rooted in telling it true, examining life through fiction and nonfiction alike. My hope would be everyone would at least pick up an issue and decide for themselves.
Emily: We have three listeners, one asks: What can your fiction audience expect from you (WIP) over the next 12 months?
Me: More releases, a stronger voice in the indie world, and more fan and audience interaction. I will hopefully put our four or five more releases before 2012 closes :) And definitely a Lauren Westlake sequel, I have received more than a few emails about a follow-up to Bitten.
Emily: Dan, we've been asked this: From your perspective, what is the greatest benefit of independent publishing?
Me: Control and peace of mind: indie authors, for better or worse, are in charge of where they go from here. If you want something, you have to go get it. Independent publishing allows for that, if you're strong enough.
Emily: Whew! That was Fast! LAST QUESTION: What are your news sources, and why have you chosen these media outlets?
Me: I am a consumer of a broad net of news - I have a tendency to visit Reuters, but I cruise the major papers. Big fan of the New Yorker, which technically isn't news, but I get most of mine from the 'net. I like how Reuters has everything just laid out, so I can read things from all over the world. Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart are the list as well, they crack me up. I've been known to watch Rachel Maddow as well, she's cute, what can I say, and I like her delivery.
Emily: Reuters, I applaud your perspective of the world, and global issues. Thank you, Dan, for an exciting Twitter-view! Oh! My! Gosh! Colbert and Stewart are SO TOTALLY on the top of my list too! ;D
Me: Thanks for having me!
Be sure to tune into some of the upcoming episodes of my radio show:
Next Saturday: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/musings-from-the-dan-obrien-project/2012/05/19/a-discussion-with-emily-hill--ghost-chaser-and-indie-author
Read some sample chapters or a short story to get an idea of my writing style: