Monday 25th November - Daniel Craig Roche

Sixteen Questions for Sixteen Authors

Contributor spotlight : Daniel Craig Roche, author of “Endless Impossibilities”

Daniel submitted the short story “Endless Impossibilities” which appears in the “Dragon Bone Soup” anthology (published in December 2019). His is a simple fantasy, simply told, of a young boy experiencing something that everyone has to deal with. As such, its 3,900 words could bring comfort to small children grappling with troubling emotions. (Spoilers averted.)

What is your real name and what name do you write under?

My real name is Daniel Craig Roche. It's also the name I write under. I write using my middle name because there is a famous UK actor named Daniel Roche, and there is also a famous actor named Daniel Craig. It just makes it easier, but no matter what you do, you're still going to run into problems. I received an angry message on my Facebook writer page by a Daniel Craig fan club, accosting me for using his name. I also have a Daniel Craig fan who follows me simply because I share his name. It is what it is.

Where do you hail from?

I hail from Massachusetts, home to some of my favorite writers, but currently live between Massachusetts and Maine.

What is the greatest thing about the place you call home?

In Massachusetts, I'm being pulled in so many different directions that I can barely breathe, let alone write. When in Maine, I have all the time in the world. Writing is my favorite thing to do, and that's one of the things I like most about it up here, next to meeting Patty, the love of my life.

What sparked your initial interest - or, how did writing find you?

As a teenager, I spent a lot of time locked up in juvenile facilities. Reading became important to me way back then because I had nothing else to do, and I discovered it as a great way to escape reality. Some of the books I read left an impression on me, and I wanted to write like that someday. It gave me something to aspire to, and since then I've come a long way, defeating addiction and violence, and putting all that energy into my work. I hope to give the same gift to another struggling kid someday with my own writing.

What is the best thing that ever happened to you (writing or otherwise)?

The best thing that ever happened to me was moving to Maine. I met the love of my life up here and I finally found the peace I needed in order to do what I love most -- write.

Who are a few of your favourite authors (books &/or poetry)?

My favorite books include, "Tortilla Flat," by John Steinbeck. "Midnight's Lair," by Richard Laymon. "Love in the Time of Cholera," by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and "Communion," by Whitley Strieber.

Who is your favourite author?

A few of my favorite authors: Overall I love John Steinbeck. The eloquence of his simple style amazes me. For horror I like Richard Laymon, other than that, I love everything, but literary fiction is my favorite.

Who or what are you reading right now?

I'm reading a few books at the moment. "Science Fiction Double Feature," by Adam Bennett and Sam M Phillips. "Deception of the Damned," by P.C. Darkcliff. And "Hull Creek," by Jim Nichols.

Do you see writing as a career?

I definitely see writing as a career. I love it.

Do you ever experience Writer’s Block?

I have never experienced writers' block. It's a foreign concept to me, probable because I'm an avid reader and am inspired every day by all those other authors.

What research do you do for your stories?

When writing, I always have my phone on the desk. Google and Youtube are my go-to. If I have any questions on subject matter, need a thesaurus, or need to come up with a character name, I'm on that phone and searching for my answer.

Are you a plotter or pantser? If you ever tried to switch, how did that work out for you?

I'm a pantser. I figure, if I'm surprised by the direction a story goes, my readers will be surprised. I tried writing from an outline once, and it failed within the first chapter. Once a character comes to life, they do what they want -- just like a real human.

What is your process for writing a novel?

My process for writing a novel is easy. I always start with a short story. If it takes off into something deeper, I've got a novel.

What are you working on right now?

I'm currently involved in many projects. My publisher has me writing a romance novelette entitled, 'Balance," for a boxed set aimed at the USA Today best-seller list. So that's taking priority. I'm also working on the sixth draft of my LGBT novel titled, "Hi, Momma. It's Me, Bobby." I am also working on the first draft of a new novel I haven't titled yet, but it's also geared towards the LGBT community.

What are your plans for the future?

My plans for the future are simple: To make it to the New York Times best-seller list and stay there.

How can readers find you online and on social media?

I'm all over social media, but I'd love to have more subscribers for my review channel on youtube. Simply type 'Daniel Craig Roche' in the search bar and hit subscribe please!

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About “Dragon Bone Soup”

“Dragon Bone Soup” is an anthology of Fantasy and light Science Fiction short stories, showcasing the very best in Indie writing talent from across the world. Published in December 2019, it is edited by P.C. Darkcliff and DW Brownlaw.

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