Wednesday, April 15, 2009

**INTERVIEW #2 with author D.H. BROWN**

It is with great pleasure, and an honor to Welcome Back author D.H. Brown! Dave has worked as a Logistics and Weapons Specialist in Vietnam; day laborer; Director of Security; Armored Car Driver; Police officer; Professional Hunting Guide; Trapper; Dog Sledder; Homesteader; Truck Driver; General Contractor; Minister; Editor; Writer; Speaker; Restaurateur; Movie Producer; Antique Restoration Specialist; Personal Care Worker; PC Repair specialist; Computer Instructor; Web Master and Web Designer. He writes about what he knows. D.H. Brown lives a life of peaceful solitude deep in the Pacific Northwest rainforest with his wife and the spirit of Buddy Dog, working on his next book. People who bother him end up in one of his books, dead. Author of: "HONOR DUE" BOOK I in the Citizen Warrior Series *****REVIEW Author of: "HONOR DEFENDED" BOOK II in the Citizen Warrior Series INTERVIEW Geri: Is writing a passion, a stress reliever, or both? Dave: I write to relieve the voices in my head. I've always had an overactive imagination, so I was always told! I like to day dream. I spent years writing entire books in my head, and dreams. I wrote short stories, and several books under different names. It wasn't until I hit upon "the Major" I finally found a voice that I wanted to write under my own name. So, is writing a passion? No, really! However, it is a stress reliever for sure. It's very soothing to still the voices of characters wanting to speak their stories. Geri: Do you write everyday? Dave: No, I go on binges! I may not write a word for six months. Guess I'm kind of congegating in my mind what needs to come out. As I've said else-where, I'm real anal about character development. I write reams of files on each of the people who fill my books. Everything from hair color to walk, clothing and food, all kinds of likes, and dislikes. I want them to really breathe by the time they come to life on the page. Then when I do write, nothing else matters for a couple of months. I then write like a drunk, who can't get enough of his favorite hootch. The first draft comes like a flood when it's ready. Geri: How many book-signings have you been to? Dave: Not a one! I don't mix well with crowds! The local library has asked if I would do a reading and signing, and I'm still debating it. Geri: How do you promote your book? Dave: Online, Email, Word of mouth! Myspace, Authorsden, and elsewhere. My books are carried in most of all the local book stores on the Olympic Peninsula, and of course the local library system, and several other systems in Washington. Geri: Have you written books in different genres? Dave: Three, or four! Plain mysteries, and science fiction, and one political. I have another series outlined that is centered around a character much like the Major, set in a not too distant future that is kicking around. Geri: Do you plan on writing a book every year? Dave: That is my goal! So far, I've been able to keep up! "Honor Redeemed" is scheduled for late in the fall of 2009. Geri: What has inspired you the most to write? Dave: The characters! Geri: What factors place you in the comfort zone while writing? Dave: Quiet, and classic country in the background. I write mostly in the dead of night when I can't sleep. Geri: Have you written a series, or a sequel for one title? Dave: "Honor Defended" is Book II of the Citizen warrior Series. "Honor Due" was the one which kicked it all off. It was awarded 2008 Silver Medal For Fiction by the Military Writers Society of America (MWSA). The American Authors Association gave it an Honorable Mention. There is one more, Honor Redeemed, with at least a couple more already outlined. Geri: After having one book published, do you find it easier to write? Dave: About the same! The same forces drive the same process. When the characters are ready to speak, they do! I seldom have to do more than one re-write, before I release a book to the Editor. Then the real work begins as she forces me to re-examine concept, relationships, and word choices. Real battles ensure of which I win the most, the others I graciously lose as she is my wife, and an author in her own right, R.J. Brown. Geri: Where can people see your web presence, and learn more about your books? Dave: I can be contacted through my website at: Geri: Thank you kindly for your time. I found your interview quite interesting, and enjoyable. The best of luck to you in your writing endeavors! Dave: Your welcome!


D. H. Brown said...

Thank you so much, Geri. I appreciate all your effort on my behalf. Be well, DH

Author Geri Ahearn said...

Your quite Welcome Dave! The best
of luck to you with your writing
in 2009!

Anonymous said...

I have been following this author for a couple of years now since my husband found Honor Due. We just finished Honor Defended and D. H. Brown sure has it right. Thanks so much for interviewing him again. Are you going to review Honor Defended? Sure hope so as it is a wonderful book. His characters are so real and I love Blon.
M. Carter

Author Geri Ahearn said...

Hello M,
Thank you very much for
Visiting us & commenting! Yes! I
will be Reviewing "HONOR DEFENDED."
I loved "HONOR DUE." So, I'm anxious! Dave Brown is the Elite
of writers when it comes to the
Vietnam Era. His series is
Remarkable! No one else could
possibly take the place of
"The Major!"

Anonymous said...

Another great interviw, Geri. D. H. Brown had a book signing at our local library and I got to meet him and have Honor Defended signed. It so neat to have such a great author live locally and write about our area. Glad to hear you're going to review Honor Defended too. It another wonderful book.
Marv French

ester mccalls said...

another good interview. don't know how a author writes a new book every year and still makes it good. mr brown does it so good. just finished honor defended and can't wait for the next.

Paul Dhall said...

I just finished Honor Defended and can say without reservation D. H. Brown has served up another tasty adventure. It's good to see another interview and get a small window into how this writer does it. Thanks. I'm also looking forward to your review.