Author Spotlight: David DeRosa

| September 12, 2017

David-DeRosaBorn in 1959, David has acted in and directed stage plays and musical productions, written songs and performed in rock bands. He’s done voices in dramatizations for radio. His interest in entertaining has driven him always to learn new skills in the arts. He juggles, knows a little slight-of-hand, and plays guitar and piano. He’s also been known to cut and stitch in the costuming department, or to pick up a tool belt to help build a set. His love of acting led to many character studies, biographies, books on psychology, history, and of course science fiction and fantasy adventures. His thirst to know what makes us human is a life-long examination of the stories we tell.

Thus much of what he is… is in what he tells.

Interview:

What makes you proud to be a writer from New Jersey? All the really cool disasters happen in New Jersey; the church in the movie “Dogma”, “The War of the Worlds”, and let’s not forget the Jersey Devil. Although, I don’t think he’s real. Still, there’s a lot to write about. Have you ever heard of a book called “Weird Iowa”? I don’t think so. No offense to the people of Iowa, but we have a book called Weird New Jersey. Check it out.

What or who inspired you to become a writer? I’ve always written songs. David Bowie, Billy Joel, Carol King, Jim Croce, Carly Simon, Ian Anderson, I grew up admiring writers of songs for their imagery, their brevity and their wit. I decided to write a novel because I wanted to learn how to type and that forced me to stay at it for more than just a few lines.

When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? I’ve tried submitting things to publishers and got the usual string of rejections. The truth is I don’t write to be published. I publish what I write because others might enjoy it. Of course I’d love to be picked up by a big publishing house, but I will write anyway if that never happens.

Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? My parents were both well-spoken individuals. My father loved history and my mother loved culture. Eloquence is what they taught me. I can only hope it shows in my writing.

Do you come up with your title before or after you write the manuscript? You have to call the file something. So I have a working title, but that usually changes by the time the story is finished.

Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre. Call it science fiction, fantasy fiction or just fiction. I write about people. In fiction the things that are real are what really matters. A comedian once said, “The difference between truth and fiction is that fiction has to be plausible.” I love what makes us human, the good and the bad of it. And, to call it truth is often too offensive for some to accept. So I wrap what I see of humanity safely into characters that aren’t real but still plausible so as not to offend.

What was your inspiration, spark or light bulb moment that inspired you to write the book that you are seeking promotion for? The CERN particle accelerator was about to be cranked up and a miniscule mathematical possibility existed that it could create a tiny black hole that might grow to devour the earth, the solar system, whatever. The chance was so small, they say, that they flipped the switch anyway. The nuclear test in Nevada, the first atomic bomb, there was a chance that a chain reaction could burn away the earth’s atmosphere. They did it anyway.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for scientific advancement. Just let’s don’t risk the whole freakin’ planet for the sake of it, shall we?

I wrote a story about an alien who needs to build a time-machine to get home, but he won’t risk letting that knowledge fall into the wrong hands. I know it sounds all serious when I talk about it here, but the story is more lighthearted than that. Jake is just your average fun loving 7,000 year old teenager. It’s a merry romp through the shady dealings of rich and powerful people who know what Jake is and want what he knows. He’s sort of a cross between Danny Ocean and Dr. Who.

What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? When I completed the first draft of my first story I was very excited. I had done something I thought I would never have the patience or focus to do. Most psychologists would classify me as an A.D.D. kid. I think that just means my priorities are different than where they think my attention should be.

Have you had a negative experience in your writing career? If so please explain how it could have been avoided? I got sucked into a conversation with writers about the strict rules of grammar and made the mistake of saying that the best writers know when and how to break those rules. The responses were enough to make me question everything I had ever written. I was ready to give up on the whole damned thing, believing my work couldn’t possibly be any good. Then I realized that as a writer of fiction if the image you wish to convey or the point you’re trying to make comes across to the reader then you probably wrote it correctly. In retrospect, maybe I should have just kept my mouth shut.

What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? I’ve gotten a couple of five star reviews. If I never sell another book, that is already enough. Friends and family can say my stories are good, and that’s encouraging. But are they just being polite? Well, not my family and friends. My point is that people who are strangers to me have read my stories and liked them. No one has to be polite to someone they don’t know. So I have some fans and that’s a very happy thing.

Have you had a negative experience in your publishing journey? If so please explain how it could have been avoided? As a self-published author my work floats among the debris of what many successful authors and publishers consider the waste product of literary decay. I don’t see this as anything negative. In fact to a large extent I agree. That’s the good and the bad of internet access. My stuff is out there to be read. Some will like it. Others may not. It would only be negative if rejections from publishers and harsh criticisms convinced me to throw in the towel.

What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? All criticism can be instructive. Some will be brutal. Hear what is said, not how your critics say it. More than that; believe in your work, hone your craft and don’t stop writing. And after you’re famous remind yourself, now and again, that good content is the best PR. Some authors forget that when their name alone starts selling their books.

Who is your favorite author and why? If I had to choose one, it would be Will Rogers for his insight, wit and simple wisdom.

Is there anything else that you would like to share with us? My favorite author could have been Mark Twain for the sheer volume of his work. But some of his stuff is so hard to read. And then there’s J.R.R. Tolkien, great stories but so many words. Jack London, Charles Dickens, Maya Angelou, SE Hinton, Herman Melville, Mary Anne Evans (George Eliot), William Shakespeare, J.K. Rowling, who to choose? There are so many more great writers.

I stick with my original pick. Will Rogers became a writer only after people started writing down what he had to say. That, to me, is a greatness to which all writers should aspire.

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Jake: Going Home (The Immortal Jake) by David DeRosa

Jake’s life is a merry jaunt around a militant mindset of misusing impossible science.

He’s a seven thousand year old teenager, an extraterrestrial marooned since the Bronze Age, waiting patiently for humans to advance in science and social graces.  A few unsavory characters know what he is and want what he knows. They have their eyes on him.

At the dawn of the twenty-first century human science is close to offering the immortal what he needs to get home. While Homeland Security, a rogue C.I.A. agent and a would-be arms dealer all try to steal his research, a handful of trusted friends join him in a race to complete his work.

He’s let secrets slip before and has witnessed ensuing disaster. So, when the arms dealer and the rogue agent get hold of a mathematical formula that could destroy us all the ancient kid must ruin their plans.

Jake is certain that what he wants is just around the corner, and surprised when he finds it right in front of him. He’s determined to leave this world until a friend reminds him that life is not about where you are. It’s about who you’re with.

This ‘coming of the ages’ story is suitable for young adults and geriatric children.

Book Genre: Science Fiction

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Anaxiunara: Mother Of Dragons (One brief Eternity) by David DeRosa

On a tiny globe near the edge of her galaxy Anaxiunara seeks a place to bear her young; an island group far from occupied land. She nestles there and sleeps awhile until her babies mature.

Two hundred years later the mother of dragons awakes to find her island nest overrun by humans. One of her offspring has befriended a child of this race. Anaxiunara teaches the girl to wield powerful magic. But when the Great Dragon meets the girl’s father (Capt. Jo Lee Validad) she discovers a magic she’s never known.

Jo Lee struggles to protect his family and his island home from tyrant wizards. Anaxiunara takes human form to study these curious beings, but vows not to interfere. With this strange new magic compelling her to help the man she questions her vow.

The Great One does not know the power of this strange human magic. And, if it can be said that a dragon has a weakness it would be curiosity. She must learn what it is to be human. She must know this magic called loved.

Book Genre: Fantasy Fiction

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The Orphaned Princess by David DeRosa

The battle was ended. The last dragon put out the fires and divided the people into factions. Gemite and Sylvan he charged with responsibility of their world, saying, “I will not save you again, from your recklessness.” Then he made a prediction. “A wizard of mixed blood will end your separation when a warrior of human blood restores justice in her land.”

After many ages, human encroachment calls Gemite and Sylvan to examine this new race. Elves were once aggressive and violent. So now, humans fight each other with no regard for things destroyed. If they learn to conjure the magical fire, the world will again lie in peril. Sylvan and Gemite still have a few petty bigotries yet to overcome. So, while the last great dragon sleeps, it is up to the children of his prophecy to avert disaster.

Two children (Theo and Kynthia) on a journey to become the heroes of prophecy, find that even characters out of a legend need help. Out of a land ruled by a despot, they are propelled toward a destiny that has been foretold. Predictions, however, are a funny thing. They never unfold quite the way the predicted predict.

Book Genre: Fantasy Fiction

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