Q&A with author Daniel M. Fife
Do you find the writing community online to be helpful?
The online community is a fickle, but fair bunch. It is quite a trick to catch and keep their attention, but once you do, they will support you till the end. If I could say one thing to the writing community or provide one snippet of advice it would be to support the authors you enjoy reading, especially if you wish to keep reading their work. Join their fan pages, like them on the varies social networks, and involve friends and family if the serve similar interests. If I happen to be one of those authors, I promise I will not complain.
Any great lines you would love to have written?
My favorite genre to read has always and perhaps always will be fantasy. I began reading fantasy novels in elementary school, and I found that the power of one's imagination combined with a well written fantasy novel has the ability to take one anywhere. There is just something about the ability to forget oneself for a short period of time and become immersed in a world where anything is possible. That is why I enjoy fantasy so much.
Did you write as a child?
I began writing short stories in grade school. Spurred on by the fantasy novels I enjoyed to read so much, I found myself writing stories that I could share with my friends, who also enjoyed the genre of fantasy. As I grew older, I soon began writing longer and more elaborate stories featuring my friends.
What do you feel are your earliest influences on your writing?
I would have to say that the earliest influences I found responsible for my delving into writing was my friends. As I said, I began writing at an early age and I got the bug to entertain. My friends enjoyed reading what I wrote and that seemed to drive me to write more as I practiced and improved.
My most recent influence toward my writing has been the film industries tendency to fish through the infinitely wonderful pool of young adult literature. Reading as well as watching this genre brought me back to the fantasy daydreams of childhood. Through my writing, I have been motivated to do the same to my reading audience.
Tell me about your recent writing? Do you prefer short stories, novels, novellas?
I think I would like to start a youtube channel. However, I am not the most open when it comes to being filmed, so that could be an issue.
Do you have any blogs or websites that you think are great and want to share?
Of course, anyone can find me fairly easily on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads where I am known to rant a blog every once in a while.