Hey Ya’ll (I say “Ya’ll” because I just moved to Austin, Texas and I have to practice),3LB: Who or what inspired you to write? Do you have any role models, whether in writing or life in general?
My name’s Dan and I’m a rock and r&b saxophonist.
I play Tenor saxophone: the BEST type of saxophone. My apologies to Kenny G.
I actually started to writing out of extreme boredom. I had a summer job selling3LB: Describe Masters of the Veil in 5 words or less.
cars at a dealership and there was an extraordinary amount of downtime in between customers. Instead of entertaining myself with videos of kittens in mittens (which took a lot of willpower) I decided to keep my mind from going mushy by putting an idea I had into story form. Two years later I had my first novel, “The Ancillary’s Mark.”
My literary role model is Patrick Rothfuss. And if anyone out there hasn’t read his work, PLEASE go out and purchase, “The Name of the Wind.” It’s ‘Harry Potter’ meets ‘Lord of the Rings’ meets ‘Everything you could possibly want in a fantasy novel*’
*I hope. There are a lot of you out there.
Magic. Adventure. Mystery. Danger. Football.3LB: Are any of your characters or scenes based on people/events in your own life?
I have a character named Glissandro Thicket who is a mute, but speaks through music (magically, of course). He’s based on my favorite type of person. He’s full of so much love, friendship, and wisdom, but he’s cursed with being too shy to truly shine. In my opinion, he’s the best character I’ve ever created but I don’t want to tell you any more about him because I’d rather you meet him in the book. He makes quite an impression. I love him.3LB: Was there any scene or part in your book that was difficult to write? If so, how did you get through writing it?
I was battling some pretty nasty personal demons while writing the first book, and some of them came out in the reenactment scene. I was actually alone climbing a mountain while I put that scene together. There were a lot of things in this book that hit very close to home with me, but it felt good to breath some of my own issues into the characters. For solidarity I guess.3LB: Do you have anything that you need to have around you when you write, such as a specific playlist/radio station in the background, coffee, a desk in a quiet room?
Writing is a lonely profession, so I like to write around people. If any of you are in Austin and like to write, come on by and keep me company. Seriously.3LB: What’s next for you? What other books have you written?
Well, “Masters of the Veil,” is the first in a trilogy so I’m working on that. I do have, “The Ancillary’s Mark,” which was published November of 2010.3LB: If you were to go live on an island and could only choose 5 books to take with you, what would you choose?
3LB: Do you have a favorite mythical creature?
- The Name of the Wind
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
- The Giver
- The Alchemist
- How to Build A Boat Using Nothing but Island Materials
I would have to say a grotlon. It’s in the second book of the series, “Children of the Veil,” and it’s really awesome. All I’m gonna say is NEVER under ANY circumstance should you get in between a grotlon and jelly-hive.3LB: Finish this sentence "I can't live without..."
Kookaburra Liquorice. The red kind.3LB: If you had to recommend just one book to me, which would you recommend?
“Name of the Wind,” by Patrick Rothfuss. I think I may be obsessed. If any of you are friends with Pat, pretty pretty pretty please get me an autograph. I’ll pay you.3LB: Tell us five interesting things about yourself.
I hope you don’t mind but I’m gonna close things out with a story instead. I didn’t have any connections in the publishing business, so after spending years on my first novel and shopping it around with boyish excitement, I received over sixty rejection letters before it was finally picked up. Every single one of them stung, but I didn’t give up. I know there are a lot of struggling writers out and I just wanted them to know that even if they’re getting a slew of rejection letters they shouldn’t lose hope, because all it takes is one yes. So stay determined and keep up the hard work.
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Life can't get much better for Sam Lock. Popular, good-looking, and with a future as a professional football player. every guy at Stanton High School wishes he were Sam. That is, until his championship football game, when Sam accidentally links with an ancient source of energy known as the Veil and reveals his potential to become a powerful sorcerer.Sam is whisked off to Atlas Crown, a community of sorcerers who utilize the Veil as a part of everyday life. Once there, he trains beside a mute boy who speaks through music, an eternal sage who's the eyes and ears of the Veil, and a beautiful girl who's pretty sure Sam's an idiot.As it becomes clear Sam's meant for power magic-the most feared and misunderstood form of sorcery-people beyond Atlas Crown learn of his dangerous potential. An exiled group of power sorcerers are eager to recruit Sam, believing that he is destined to help them achieve their long-held goal. If they succeed, they could bring about the downfall of not only Atlas Crown. but all humankind.
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