We turn the spotlight on suspense novelist Dave White, member of the KILLER YEAR: Class of 2007. His debut novel is When One Man Dies (Three Rivers Press):
When Jersey P.I. Jackson Donne investigates the hit-and-run death of his pal, Donne soon discovers the victim may not have been quite the innocent he seemed. A second case leads Donne to a dead body on the steps of Drew University. When Donne uncovers a drugs connection, it quickly becomes clear certain people would rather he dropped his investigation. Then his ex-cop partner shows up bent on shattering everything, and Donne finds his past hurtling towards him with a vengeance ...
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AS A NEWBIE NOVELIST, WHAT IS THE SCARIEST THING FOR YOU?
Probably reviews. I'm terribly afraid everyone will hate it. Massacre it. That it'll be received awfully and I'll be dragged out into the street and stoned.
At the same time, I'm afraid that WHEN ONE MAN DIES will get great reviews and then the second book won't live up to expectations.
WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO COMBAT YOUR FEARS?
Try to write a good second book and try not to think about reviews.
HOW HAVE YOUR "KILLER YEAR" CLASSMATES HELPED YOU THROUGH THIS CAMPAIGN?
Honestly, I've tried to keep this fear to myself as much as possible.
WHAT ARE YOUR WRITING HABITS?
I just write. Usually I write on hot streaks. It's hard for me to write when it's not coming well and I usually have to write through one of those to get hot. Then I can rattle off fifteen pages in a night. I once wrote forty pages in a weekend.
AS A READER, WHAT DOES A BOOK NEED FOR YOU TO PICK IT UP?
Voice and character. Usually I'm drawn in by a smooth voice and then the characters have to take over. If I'm interested in them I'll keep reading.
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR ASPIRING WRITERS?
Read and write. Keep reading and keep writing.
WHAT DO YOU WISH NON-WRITERS UNDERSTOOD?
That writing can be stressful. That it's work and that sometimes it bothers me when it's not going well.
WHAT DO YOU WISH OTHER WRITERS UNDERSTOOD?
Oh, they understand. They understand all too well.
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED ABOUT PUBLISHING THROUGH THIS "KILLER YEAR" CAMPAIGN?
Too much to name. But mostly that there's a lot more work involved than just writing and submitting the book.
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED ABOUT YOURSELF?
Heh. That I can write and complete a good book.
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED ABOUT YOUR CRAFT?
That writing is not easy and you never get it right the first time.
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Thanks to suspense novelist Dave White. Find him online at Dave White's Writing Block.
You can also find more at the Killer Year website, the Killer Year blog and the Killer Year MySpace page.
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