Today we travel to Bournville, in the UK, to chat with David Wake about how an alien spaceship, a chocolate factory, a junk yard, a manual typewriter, theatre writing, Captain Kirk, Agatha Christie, an MRI scan, rhythm guitar, a full size TARDIS, and a sombrero wearing penguin come together as part of David’s current and past life.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
Hi, I’m David Wake and I live near Birmingham in the UK in Bournville within smelling distance of the chocolate factory.
In which genre do you write?
Ah, well, I say ‘Science Fiction, steampunk and more…’, which is the positive spin on the truth. I’m an ‘eclectic writer’. The SF is I, Phone and the Thinkersphere books, starting with Hashtag. The Victorian based adventures are the Derring-Do Club series and then it’s Ancient Japan, Roninko, and bloke-lit, Crossing the Bridge. The next book is cosy mystery. But I think, to answer that perennial ‘where do you get your ideas from’, ideas just pop into people’s heads and the good ones demand to be written.
How many published books do you have?
I’ve published 11 books with 7 first drafts to rewrite.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer and what ignited your author’s flame?
Looking back, I think I always did. I won a writing prize at primary school for a story about a kid finding an alien spaceship in a junk yard. It blew up once I’d reached the three pages requested. I bought a manual typewriter at University which I used to torture my flatmates into the early hours. It wasn’t until I started writing for theatre that I found a niche that reached an audience. I won awards for various plays. I do remember celebrating with the cast and crew in a curry house and drinking lager from the Rose Bowl, a big piece of silverware and thinking, I like this writing lark. And then, suddenly, I switched to novels.
What does your ideal writing space look like?
Captain Kirk’s quarters on the original Enterprise. I mean that seriously. I’m redecorating a room in my house with that design vibe in mind. It won’t be the Captain’s as it’s a much smaller space, but maybe someone of a lower Star Fleet rank like the ship’s writer-in-residence.
What are you currently reading?
V2 by Robert Harris. Before that I was reading Agatha Christie’s Marple books.
Where did the idea for your most recent book come from?
I have a photograph of my brain, an actual MRI scan, taken when I came up with the idea for my most recently published book. Where do I get my ideas from? There! Look! Bottom left!
I was going to the hospital and I had a theory that the strange sounds an MRI scanner makes, and they are very strange, were similar to the soundtrack from Forbidden Planet. So, on the drive over, I listened to the beeps, warbles and woo-wooOOoo, and then, trapped in the scanner, I heard the beeps, warbles and woo-wooOOoo of the MRI machine. Yes, they are the same and, boy, was I spaced out by the end.
My mind wandered, what else was there to do, and ping! An idea for a sequel to Hashtag appeared. There! Look! Bottom left! This turned out to be two ideas and became Atcode and Plus Sign.
Can you play a musical instrument?
I played rhythm guitar in a band. We were world famous in Formby.
What is the most enjoyable thing you’ve found through writing?
Fans. I’ve made some good friends amongst my readers and my fellow writers.
Do you journal write or keep a personal diary? Has this helped with your published writings? If so, how?
I’ve kept a diary and written every day for three quarters of my life! Good grief! That’s a long time. And, of course, it’s helped with my writing. Endlessly trying to make what I ate for tea or what I watched on TV interesting is a real challenge. As with everything, practice makes, if not perfect, at least better.
What actor or actress would you want to play you in the movie about your life, and why?
Me! Me! Finally, a part that’s within my acting range.
List 3 interesting facts about yourself.
1. I have a full-sized TARDIS in my front room.
2. I starred in an episode of Captain Tartan filmed in Hollywood, California.
3. I invented the literary form, the Drabble.
A penguin knocks on your door and is wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he there?
The sombrero won’t fool me, it’s Frobisher back for the TARDIS.
What are you currently working on?
I’m working on book 5 of the Derring-Do Club series. One of the heroines has just… ah, wait, that would be telling.
Thank you! Hmm, is that chocolate I can smell?
It was a blast having you be a part of MTA, David! Wishing you all the best and here’s to much success with your writing and future books. – Camilla
The dark sequel to Hashtag and Atcode
Fourteen teenagers dead!
San Francisco, Santa Monica, St Petersburg… and now another mass suicide, here, in Newtown.
Or is it murder?
The case drops into Inspector Oliver Braddon’s inbox. The world demands answers. With everyone’s thoughts shared, liked and monitored, why haven’t the police solved the case in the usual 20 seconds?
As the pressure builds, Braddon’s suspicions focus on a disturbing cult, the Church of the Transcendent Cloud, and tech-billionaire, Jacob Lamb, the creator of the Thinkersphere app, After Life – except that he’s dead.
With more deaths due, Braddon needs to act… and soon.
Plus Sign is a gritty, dystopian neo-noir that questions our obsession with religion and exposes a mind-bending picture of what life might be like when your very thoughts are no longer your own.
Where to find the book:
Connect with David:
Amazon.com author page: https://www.amazon.com/David-Wake/e/B0034OBZRQ
Amazon.co.uk author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/David-Wake/e/B0034OBZRQ
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