Featured Friday! David Berger
Ever since he was a child, David was actively inspired by the Muses to write. Whether it
was stories of the Smurfs when he was 8 or Star-Trek-meets-Greek-myth short story in his senior year in high school, he has always desired to share adventures. Becoming an English teacher simply fueled his desire to write, and from this, as well as a love of fantasy and comic books (especially Wonder Woman), he created his Task Force: Gaea series. He’s also exploring Celtic fantasy in a new series called The DragonHawk Cycle, with the first novel being The Quest of Wyndracer and Fyrehunter (2017 or 2018).
What’s your favourite part of the lifestyle of an Author?
I get to tell the stories that have been in my mind for so long. I’m an old soul, and my stories come from many places, namely ancient Greece and Ireland. Being able to share these stories just makes me smile.
What made you start writing?
The Smurfs, believe it or not. My sister and I, as kids, loved them, and we collaborated on short stories (I did the writing). Today, my writing is prodded by the many Muses who won’t give me a moment’s peace!
Is there an Author that you consider your inspiration?
If I had to pick one? Neil Gaiman. His mind is extraordinary, and the way he guides the reader through his stories makes my own imagination come alive. I aspire to be like him, and it’s a goal worthy of the effort.
What’s your number one tip for an aspiring Author?
Write as much as you can. If you have ideas, put them down. You never know when a story idea will come alive and pull you into its thrall.
What type of book do you like to read and does this differ from the genre that you prefer to write?
I prefer fantasy, with science fiction a very close second. I’ve been a reader since I was quite young, sparked by Greek mythology, and my love of fantasy sprang forth from that, like Athena from Zeus’ brow! I write mostly fantasy, but I have dabbled in horror and a tiny bit of romance.
Which one of your characters would you most like to spend time with?
Dr. Aleta Halston from my Task Force: Gaea series. She’s witty, sarcastic, and just snarky enough to make keep me on my toes. My characters speak to me, and when she does, I stop what I’m doing and listen. I’m afraid of what she’d do if I didn’t.
Which book do you consider a must-read?
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. It’s not too long, but it has this allure, like a siren’s song, that you can’t fight (not that you’d want to). If you’re a fantasy reader, or want to try a fantasy novel, I recommend this. I read it in one sitting just a few hours.
What’s been the hardest edit that you’ve had to make? Why did you want to keep the material in?
When I was writing my first novel, Finding Balance (the first of the Task Force: Gaea series), I had so much I wanted to keep, but my beta readers would tell me, “That stuff is for you, not the reader. Take it out, and it’ll just be a better read.” Much of what I had to cut was just character background, but I was able to use some of it in smaller sections or in subsequent books in the series.
If you could live in a book, which one would it be?
American Gods. Yes, I have a slight obsession with Neil Gaiman. The complexity of the story, the range of characters, the fantasy elements… all of it intrigues me to where I could live there.
If you could pick an Author to write your biography, who would it be?
Shakespeare. I’ve always wanted someone to write about me in iambic pentameter.
We all know the phrase “the book is always better than the film.” Which film would you like to see remade as a book?
Hmm. I wish I watched more movies. I don’t have an answer for this one, I’m afraid.
Can you sum up your life story in ten words or less?
Using creativity and sarcasm as tools to success.
What’s exciting you about your next project?
Well, I’m working on three projects, actually, which is pretty exciting unto itself. Being a Gemini, it’s pretty easy to multitask: my fourth novel in the Task Force: Gaea series is underway, The Archer’s Paradox; then, an anthology that ties to the series, Of Mortal Bonds, is also happening; finally, the first novels in a new Celtic YA fantasy series, The Quest of Wyndracer and Fyrehunter is the third project I’m getting into wholeheartedly.
And finally, you have one quote to be remembered by, what is it?
Mediocrity is for the timid; excellence is for those who dare.
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