Interview With Author David Craig
Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I'm a US Air Force Veteran, and retired airline pilot. I've written one book so far but have ideas for several more! I was born in California, joined the military, and have lived all over the USA since. I've been an airplane fanatic since I can remember. I love everything to do with anything that flies.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is Memoir of an Aviator, My journey from factory worker to airline Captain.
Aviators are not shy about telling stories, and many of my friends have told me, "You should write a book!" So, I did. Once I retired, I needed something to keep my mind active, and writing is the perfect place to recall memories and the people that inspired me.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I like to work in a quiet corner of my house, but when traveling to see family I can work amid a full cacophony of kids, grandkids, dogs, and associated din.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I've always loved very technical military writers such as Tom Clancy. Historical military novels by W.E.B. Griffin are also my favorite companions. I also like Nelson B. DeMille. Ed McBain is my go-to for pulp fiction, along with John D. MacDonald. Len Deighton for spy thrillers. Alastair McLean. I also like autobiographies of prominent leaders.
What are you working on now?
I'm writing a companion to Memoir of an Aviator, with many more short chapters on interesting events, people, and situations. I'm also compiling a user guide to the Amazon self-publishing process.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I'm a new author, so I am looking for a great way to get some reviews and book sales. At present, I am on Amazon, but am going to branch out to a wider sales theme.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Review your records of events, places, calendars, etc, and think about what happened and who you were with. Sometimes it is helpful to sit quietly and think about friends, places, and events. Your memory will pop up with things you may have not written about yet. Then write down a quick memory jogger of what popped up, or you will forget it!
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
I've had a lot of good advice over the years. Some of the best was, "If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything." That has been attributed to Mark Twain.
What are you reading now?
I'm finishing the Ed McBain 87th Precinct series. Cops, bad guys, mayhem.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I'm going to be marketing my first book, then working on a companion book of aviation stories.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
That's tough! One W.E.B. Griffin novel, likely "The Aviators." One Tom Clancy, "The Hunt for Red October." David Hackworth, "We were Soldiers." Len Deighton, "Bomber."
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