Author Name: D K Gaston
100 word Synopsis about book, Darkest Hour
PI Joe Hooks takes what he thinks is an easy job. He’s to pick up a package from billionaire Montgomery Webb. But Joe finds more than he bargains for when he discovers Webb moments away from taking his last breath. Webb’s bizarre final words are, “Little doll lost.”
Joe enlists Kool-Aid, his best friend to aid him. The two are thrust into a situation that quickly spirals out of control. Pursuing them are cold-blooded killers and a mysterious attorney named Shaw.
Joe becomes aware that what he holds could literally change the world, but has this discovery come too late?
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How do you come up with story ideas and characters? (if fiction)
I honestly can’t say where my story ideas come from. Sometimes I’m driving along in my car when an idea strikes me, or I’m home playing with the kids. As far as characters, I pull them from my personal past and from people I meet. Any one can become a potential character in my stories if something about them stands out to me.
• When and how do you write?
Whenever I have a break I sit down and write, but mostly it’s in the wee-hours of the night. I sit in front of the computer with my coffee or tea and let the words flow.
• What other authors inspire you?
There are so many, but to name a few, Walter Mosley, Dean Koontz, Stephen L. Carter, Steve Berry, and James Patterson
• How did you find your publisher?
Through online searches mostly, but also word of mouth from other authors.
• How long does it take you to write a novel?
It differs, for my first drafts it spans from three months to a little more than a year. It depends on the complicity of the book I’m writing; The Friday House, definitely fit into the latter category.
• How do you overcome writers block?
I don’t really have writers block. If there’s a period where my mind drifts, I temporarily move on to another story, or I start editing a first draft, until my full concentration returns to the project I’m supposed to be working on.
The key is to never stop writing.
• What’s your next project?
I’m currently working on a fantasy adventure called, Taurus Moon: Relic Hunter. I have a first draft of a mystery completed called, The Promise. After I finish the draft to Taurus Moon, I will begin my second draft of The Promise.
I also have some sequels I have to work on for XIII, The Friday House and the Joe Hooks series. I’m going to be pretty busy for a while.
• How long have you been writing and how did you get started?
I have been writing since I was a kid. I started with drawing/writing comic books with my friends. I began professionally in 2005 and had my first book published in 2007.
• How does your background influence your books?
I used to be a soldier, served in the US Army full time for five years and also a number of years in the Reserves and National Guard, so a few of my characters have military backgrounds.
I’m in the computer field. And you’ll often find my characters using technology to their advantage throughout my novels.
I’m also a movie and history buff and as I told you I wrote comic books as a kid, so don’t be surprise to read a lot of references pertaining to those influences as well.
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