Check out this author spotlight for David Green!
You can find all his links furthest down the page, and don’t forget to check out his books!
1. Hi! Welcome to my humble blog of all things bookish! I would like for us to start by getting to know you. Give us a short bio, please!
Hi! Thanks so much for having me! I’m David Green, author of the dark fantasy Empire of Ruin series, and the urban fantasy noir Nick Holleran saga. I spent my youth between Manchester, UK and Galway, Ireland, but moved permanently to Ireland in 2009. Somehow my Mancunian accent has grown stronger over the years. It’s hard to explain, but I’ve stopped questioning it.
2. To get to know you just a little bit better, I’d like to ask you some this or that questions. Answer 5 (or more!) of these and explain why you chose this or that, or maybe an entirely different alternative!
Winter, spring, summer or autumn?
Autumn. It’s cool, but you still get some nice warm days, and there’s the excitement building for Halloween, Christmas, and all the great movies, TV shows, and books that usually release around then.
Cat or dog?
Dog! I wish I was one.
Tea or coffee?
I’m not hugely into either, but I’ve drank way more coffee since my son was born three years ago than in the thirty-odd before.
Morning or evening?
Both! I’m just happy out!
Library or museums?
Oohh, tough one… I can’t really say “both” two times in a row, but I have to.
Hunter or gatherer?
Probably a gatherer. I like to hoard, and also look after people.
Witches or wizards?
Wizards. Merlin and Gandalf have much to answer for.
Ninjas or pirates? Pirates! But ninjas vs pirates would be awesome.
Mountains or beaches?
Mountains. *Fantasy writer*
Plotter or pantser?
Somewhere in between.
Pen and paper or computer/phone?
Standalone or series?
Series. Though I do enjoy standalones in existing worlds…
Book or ebook?
Book. Though I’m not anti-ebook.
Hero or anti-hero?
There’s more than enough room for both, if well fleshed out.
3. When you look for books to read, what trope or type of story will always catch your attention?
I do enjoy a good “ragtag team going on a mission” story. The more impossible the better. Of course, it rarely *is* impossible, but the casualties along the way make up for the nearly always completed mission.
4. What do you write? Tell us about your current projects and the latest happenings!
I started my writing dalliance by mainly doing horror short-stories in anthologies way back in the heady days of March 2020, though my stories always veered towards the fantastical, as that’s my genre of choice.
When I focused on solo long-form works, I went into fantasy. Empire of Ruin, with the first book being In Solitude’s Shadow, is a character-driven epic fantasy featuring kick-ass women, emotional depth, epic stakes, and small intimate moments. Someone described it as grimdark with hope, which I liked.
My other series is Nick Holleran, an urban fantasy noir. There’s two books so far, Dead Man Walking, and its sequel, The Devil Walks In Blood. It’s like a mix between Harry Dresden and John Constantine, and I really love writing the character. It’s my playground to bring in any elements I want due to the world’s set-up, but it’s always fantasy in my books.
Current project? Working on Empire of Ruin book two, which is called Path of War.
5. What is your most recent release? Give us a short presentation, cover, and a link for where to buy it!
My latest release was the re-do of Nick Holleran: Dead Man Walking in extended form to go alongside the brand new The Devil Walks In Blood. You can get either (and In Solitude’s Shadow) at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Waterstones and so on, or signed copies from me!
6. What real-life inspiration do you draw from, and what are your primary fictional sources of inspiration (books, authors, films, music, etc.)? Name a few!
Movies are a big inspiration for me – scenes in particular. Elements of films such as Chinatown, LA Confidential, The Frighteners, and John Wick have had an influence on my latest fantasy words. And that’s just a few.
In terms of books, obviously Tolkien. It’s a cliche at this stage, but I read The Hobbit at age 7, Lord of the Rings aged 9, and The Silmarillion a short time after, and read them all at least once a year to this day. Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time too, my work will always have a nod towards him. Big world-building makes my heart happy.
7. What is your writing routine? If you have one, give us the run-down!
I look after my son during the day, so will plan what I want to write in my head, going so far as mentally working out scenes and chapters. As soon as he’s in bed, my phone goes off, music comes on, and the writing begins. I usually write six days a week, taking Friday as a day to relax.
8. If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice as you started out on the path to becoming an author, what would it be?
Trust my instinct and go with fantasy earlier, and explore that community. To be honest, being such a huge fan of the genre, writing it intimidated me, and I ended up writing my books without building a fantasy led newsletter and so on until too late. I’ve adjusted that now, but if you want to work in a certain genre, just go for it and don’t hedge your bets.
9. Last but not least: where can we find you? Drop those links!
The best place is my newsletter. Not only will you keep up to date with all my goings on, you’ll get a free short-story collection for joining called “Tales of Fire and Shadow.”
You can join up here:
tinyurl.com/DavidGreenWriter and email me through there.
I always respond and love to chat! Other than that, you can find me on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/davidgreenwriter