David Estes: On The Spot

 
 
 
 
As his goodreads' profile says:

"David Estes was born in El Paso, Texas but moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania when he was very young. David grew up in Pittsburgh and then went to Penn State for college. Eventually he moved to Sydney, Australia where he met his wife. A reader all his life, he began writing novels for the children's and YA markets in 2010, and started writing full time in June 2012. Now he travels the world writing with his wife, Adele. David's a writer with OCD, a love of dancing and singing (but only when no one is looking or listening), a mad-skilled ping-pong player, and prefers writing at the swimming pool to writing at a table."

 
 
David is a Young Adult/Children novels' writer, which are mostly paranormal/fantasy/dystopian, as he describes them.
 
 

 
Librosintinta, Online Magazine, had the honour to interview David, who shares some of his reasons to write YA & Children's novels, as why he became an author.
 
 
 
 
LST: In your own words, could you describe who Dave Estes is?

DE:

Ooh, tough first question, I feel like I’m in a job interview! Honestly, David Estes is just a normal guy. I like to read, to write, to watch TV, spend time with my wife, eat good food, play sports. I prefer to think of the people who happen to read my books as friends, not fans. They are cool people, who I can relate to, who I really enjoy talking to, and who have similar interests in reading as me. So yeah, I’m just a guy with a BIG imagination and lots of stories to tell.



LST: Why did you become a writer?

DE:

Awesome question. Like so many others out there, I’ve LOVED reading my entire life, more than any other activity. In the back of my mind, I always wanted to write my own books, but I always managed to come up with an excuse—either I’m too busy, too lazy, or I just don’t have good enough ideas—to not do it. Perhaps it was a fear of failure, I’m not really sure. But for whatever reason, I drifted along, reading, but not really writing.

Then I met my wife, Adele, a sweet and beautiful Australian, who encouraged me to put my dreams first. So, while I had a few weeks off before a new desk job, I started writing a book using the first idea that came into my head, one about angels and demons that evolved from humans. Six weeks later, Angel Evolution was born!

I’d officially caught the writing bug, and so I kept writing, averaging 2,000 words a day, and slowly moving up to 3,000 words. I finished my first children’s book, Nikki Powergloves, 4 weeks later. Then I wrote Demon Evolution in another 6 weeks and followed it up with a middle grade book called I am Touch, which I have yet to publish. Finally, 10 months after starting Angel Evolution, I completed Archangel Evolution. So I had 5 books written in 10 months, but hadn’t published any of them.

So I just went for it! The rest has been a whirlwind adventure in which I’ve written 12 books in less than two years, 8 of which are now published. I became a fulltime author in June of 2012, making what started out as a dream become a reality!

 



 


LST: What did you do before becoming a writer?

DE:
Ugh. I’d rather not talk about it! I call those my Dark Days! Just kidding. While I wish I had started seriously writing sooner, right after college or even in high school, that’s not the way it was meant to happen for me. Instead, I was an accountant in the U.S. for 6 years and then in Sydney, Australia for 2 years before becoming a risk officer for a big investment company. I lasted a year and a half there before I decided to take the leap to writing full time.





LST: Who are your influences? Artistically speaking.

DE: My inspiration? I have many, but my biggest are JRR Tolkien, Suzanne Collins, and Dean Koontz. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings (which I’ve read more than ten times, I lost count!) was my favorite book growing up. He made me want to create worlds of my own. Suzanne Collins showed me how a dark, dark dystopian world could make her characters shine even brighter. The Hunger Games largely influenced me to write my own dystopian novel. And Koontz’s writing is absolutely breathtaking how he’s able to create suspense, comedy, action, and loveable characters with such beautifully constructed sentences. I read a lot of Koontz while I’m writing, which always helps me ensure my writing has the right amount of description in it. Thank you Mr. Koontz.

 




 



LST: Why did you choose to be a YA & children writer?

DE:

YA and Children’s books are awesome! Ahh, so many things influenced my choice of audience. I guess first and foremost it’s the chance to write for a young audience. I loved loved loved reading growing up, as both a child and teenager, so it is so exciting to help young adults and kids use their imaginations while developing a love for reading. I am also so excited about what is happening within the YA and children’s genres. The interest in it has expanded across generations and so many not-so-young adults are reading YA books these days that there are really no age restrictions anymore (I know I regularly explore the YA an children’s sections in the library!)

Although I am in the gender minority for authors in the genre, I feel right at home in the space. I am a bit of a romantic, and I prefer writing about younger characters, so it’s a perfect fit for me!





 



LST: Your novels are paranormal/fantasy with a hint of romance and friendship. Is it was an organic decision or was a taken one?

DE:

Interesting question. I probably plan a lot less for writing my books than a lot of authors do. Of course, I know the genre of my books before I start (paranormal or dystopian or fantasy), but I haven’t necessarily fully developed or outlined the storyline. Usually I just have a general idea of what direction I want to take it, the types of characters I want to have, and some of the twists and turns I want for the storyline. However, the themes and the details don’t usually pop out of my brain until I’m in the midst of writing the novel. That’s when I’m at my creative best, when I’m writing 3-4 hours each and every day.

On the other hand, I always want my books to create an emotional response in people, so it’s vital that they believe the friendships, the romances, and the events that unfold. 



LST:  If you could describe your books for our Spanish speaking audience in only five words, they would be…

DE:

Creative, unexpected, twists, action-packed, fun




 



LST: You’re books haven’t properly been translated, nor edited in Spanish, but there are some blogs that have done it in an amateur way. What do you think about this? How do you feel about this?

DE:

Really? I had no idea that anyone had tried to translate my books into Spanish. I guess it’s exciting that anyone would be interested enough in my books to try to make them available for a wider Spanish-speaking audience, but that’s not the way to do it. Once I have enough resources at my disposal, I would love to have my books translated the right way, by a professional, so that I can offer the highest quality books in all languages.

LST: You are on the top 50 most followed authors at goodreads.com, the most important community for readers, what do you think/feel about this?
DE:

To put this in perspective, I am only in the top 50 in Australia, which is where I started my writing career. In the U.S. I’m much further down the list. But still, it’s a huge honor to have so many people follow me, especially because I’m a self-published author. I’m so blessed to have so many awesome and loyal readers so early on in my career.

LST: We know that you are in Mexico for a little time off for inspiration, how’s going that?

DE:

Amazing!! My wife and I are in month six of a two-year trip around the world. As soon as I became a full time writer, we decided it was something we wanted to do. I can keep writing and she can do what she loves, take photographs, while working on a book too. Mexico is our second stop in terms of countries—first we went to a number of places in the U.S.

So far we are LOVING Mexico. Currently on Isla Majueres, we’ve found the people to be so kind and welcoming, the food DELICIOUS, and the weather and beaches perfect. It’s a wonderful place to write and gain inspiration. We are very much looking forward to another 2 months here.


 




 

LST: Finally, can you tell us about your upcoming projects?

DV:

Of course, I’m always working on something! Having recently released The Star Dwellers, my focus is on publishing the third book, The Sun Dwellers, which will come out on November 30th. At the same time, I’m working on the first book in my sister series to The Dwellers Saga, titled Fire Country, another YA dystopian novel that will eventually connect with the underground world of the Tri-Realms. It’s scheduled for release in March 2013.

Lastly, the 3rd and 4th books in my The Adventures of Nikki Powergloves Children’s series will be out by the end of the year for all my younger readers and parents!

Thanks so much for the interview Gabby, it was awesome!!

The Moon Dwellers is now available everywhere ebooks are sold or in print via Amazon.com (links below). Also, I’ve pledged when I started writing to always respond to readers, and love getting comments and questions, so please contact me using one of my favorite social networking sites below. As always, happy reading!!

Where you can find David Estes hanging out:
My blog/website:

http://davidestesbooks.blogspot.com
My Facebook page/s: http://www.facebook.com/pages/David-E...
My Goodreads author page: http://www.goodreads.com/davidestesbooks
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/davidestesbooks

Where you can buy The Moon Dwellers:
Kindle Ebook:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008FJV8SQ/r...
Amazon Paperback: http://www.amazon.com/Moon-Dwellers-S...
B&N Ebook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-m...
Smashwords Ebook: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view...

Other YA Books by David Estes!
The Dwellers Saga:
Book One—The Moon Dwellers
Book Two—The Star Dwellers
Book Three—The Sun Dwellers (coming November 30 2012!)

The Country Saga:
Book One—Fire Country (coming March 1 2013!)
Book Two—Ice Country (coming May 2013!)
Book Three—Water and Storm Country (Coming August 2013!)

The Evolution Trilogy
Book 1- Angel Evolution
Book 2- Demon Evolution
Book 3- Archangel Evolution

Children’s Books by David Estes
The Nikki Powergloves Adventures:
Nikki Powergloves- A Hero is Born
Nikki Powergloves and the Power Council
Nikki Powergloves and the Power Trappers (Coming December 2012!)
Nikki Powergloves and the Great Adventure (Coming December 2012!)
Nikki Powergloves vs. the Power Outlaws (Coming in 2013!)
 
Librosintinta appreciates David for this interview.
Happy readings!
 
 

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