Today I welcome a man who writes in reverse! Rather than write a book he hopes to turn into a movie, he takes his television/movie ideas and turns them into books. His process is unique and he has a lot of interesting things to say. Please help me to welcome Steven Daniel…
IDI – Thanks for joining me today, Steven. Let’s start off with a question I’m sure you’ve been asked many times in the past, but readers never tire of hearing the ‘magic moments’ stories. When did you have your Eureka moment? When did know that you were born to be a writer?
SD – Since high school, I aspired in becoming a film director. I could not get in the right film schools due to cost and did not have the right connections. I was not ready to give up. I decided to turn every movie and television show idea into books. It took off from there.
IDI – That’s different, I’ve always heard it said the other way around, books into movies. What are you working on now? Can we get a peek, an excerpt maybe to tickle our tastebuds?
SD – I am currently working on a thriller that is a dark twist to the Peter Pan story.
IDI – What works for you? Give us a rundown of your ‘writing process’ from beginning to finished product.
SD – Once I have an idea, it is time to create a chapter outline of the book. I listen to the film score channel on Pandora and figure out the main events of the story as well as filling in the blanks. I look at the book as a season of a television show and chapters as the episodes. When I am ready to write, I do not bother with names of characters and locations. For example, in “Nightmare Lane” I wrote ‘vampdaughter’ for Iris. I do not worry about errors, I just write. Once I am done, it is time to edit. I read and edit seven times before having two people read it before publishing the book. If you could afford it, this is the stage where you would want to hire a professional to edit before publishing the book.
IDI – What is the hardest or most frustrating aspect of writing? Ideas, getting started, writer’s block, re-writing?
SD – I believe that the hardest aspect of writing is the editing phase. It requires much patience during this process. The anticipation of wanting to sell it after writing will drive you crazy. Even if you have hired a professional, you still have to read it. I read and edit my book front to back seven times before publishing it, which took a little over a month to do.
IDI – Who’s your target audience? What aspect of your writing do you feel targets that audience?
SD – I imagine my target audience as the audience of movie theatre. I will have fans of all kinds, some who will love my romance novels to others who will crave my science fiction books. I want to write for all genres and have my books spread out in a bookstore.
IDI – Everyone has visions of where they see themselves in the future, be it a year or five. Where do you see yourself in five years?
SD – I see myself taking the way we read and listen to books to a whole other level. Visit my website in the near future for more information on a big project I am organizing. ( www.StevenDanielBooks.com )
IDI – What sparked the idea for Nightmare Lane?
SD – One night I had watched the animated film, “Hotel Transylvania,” and a comedian on instant Netflix afterwards. The comedian, who was from South Africa, mentioned how he had seen a commercial for starving children in Africa. He explained how confused he was. Wondering where in Africa is this happening. That sparked an idea for a story regarding perception. I started thinking what if all the monsters, creatures, and entities that give us nightmares, are individuals who try to live regular lives like us. That is how Nightmare Lane came to be.
IDI – What do you do when you’re not writing?
SD – When I am not writing, I am spending time with my wife and two children, watching movies and television shows, looking for funny YouTube videos, playing video games, reading the works of self-published authors, 3d modeling, and window shopping.
IDI – Define a great book.
SD – You know when you have read a great book when you find yourself convincing a non-reader to read it.
IDI – What advice would you give to new/unpublished authors?
SD – Keep writing and find what motivates you to avoid distractions. One completed project beats a million ideas.
IDI – Thanks again for joining me and I wish you continued success in all of your writing endeavors!
* Steven Daniel is an author of all genres. He has recently released a fiction novel, “Nightmare Lane.” He is a military spouse and when not getting lost in the crazy world of his, he is with his beautiful wife exploring their new city. Visit Steven Daniel at www.StevenDanielBooks.com.