Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Since my first publication in 1976, I have written and published numerous short works individually and in the form of collections in books. I write in all genres including some poetry and I have one short play to my credit which was last produced at the Soho Theater in London.
My non-fiction books include a cook book that I compiled using my grandmother’s recipes and a book about how rock and roll artists came up with their stage names.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The Angel and The Bear
The title story was inspired by my love of Yosemite National Park and my love for a 6 pound toy Shih-Tzu named Angel.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Sometimes my stories start with just a title (see my blog post “The Title Made Me Do It”). Unlike many other authors, I never write an outline. That could be do to the fact that I am not a novelist, but I cannot say for sure. When I have an idea for a story, I like to just sit down and start writing. It is an adventure to me because sometimes I end up in places I had not originally planned to go to.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I have been influenced by a lot of authors because I write in all genres. The authors that have influenced me the most are Kurt Vonnegut, Robert Heinlein, Ray Bradbury, Mary Stewart, John Grisham, Michael Crichton, and to some extent, Ayn Rand.
What are you working on now?
Nothing at this time.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Usually setting up a fan page on FaceBook
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Write everything. Don’t stick to one genre at first; identify what you are best at and go with that or write as the story needs to be written.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Free advice is worth what you pay for it
What are you reading now?
Dreamcatcher by Steven King
What’s next for you as a writer?
I never know until the moment strikes me. I will continue writing my blog as long as i have ideas for posts
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?
The Last Juror (Grisham), The Dead Zone (King), The Sirens of Titan (Vonnegut)
Author Websites and Profiles
John Darling Website
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