For me, the hardest part about being an author is exposing myself to others through my work. I think most people jealously guard their thoughts and emotions. Literature is an incredibly powerful way for us to express our feelings and explore the commonality of our human experiences, but overcoming that “stage-fright” has been a challenge.
Can you give us a short synopsis of Awakening?
Here is a short synopsis of Awakening: America’s worst fears are realized when a hospital is the target of a suspected terrorist bombing. As our first responders descend on the area, a discovery is made that will change the course of human history. Three aliens emerge from the wreckage, and three humans are chosen as Earth’s champions. Will the bond they share be enough to save us all from destruction?
What inspired you to write this book?
My father passed away after a lingering illness in 2014. He was an avid reader, with a staggering library spanning every imaginable genre. His love of reading, and the other examples he set for me throughout his life, inspired me to finally sit down and complete this work.
How many hours per day do you spend writing?
The number of hours I spend writing per day varies wildly! I’ve always been a bit manic when it comes to writing. I sometimes spend days turning over a scene in my mind, before going on a binge and writing for a ten hour stretch. I’ve heard of many authors who sit down daily and write steadily, but I tend to be more erratic.
Name your top five favorite books?
My favorite books are the Dark Tower series by Stephen King, and really anything by Terry Pratchett. It’s hard to narrow down it to a top five when these great talents have put out so many!
What are you working on now?
I’m working on the follow up to Awakening now! It is called Entrapment, and is currently scheduled to be released on September 10th, 2016.
Author: D.B. West
Genre: Science Fiction
America’s worst fears are realized when a hospital is the target of a suspected terrorist bombing. As our first responders descend on the area, a discovery is made that will change the course of human history. Three aliens emerge from the wreckage, and three humans are chosen as Earth’s champions. Will the bond they share be enough to save us all from destruction?
D.B. West was born and raised in the southern United States. While studying at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, he met his wife and fellow author, Lane Hart. They now reside together with their two young daughters and their pets, a pair of Pomeranians.
After losing his father to a lingering illness, West began writing ‘Awakening’ as a way to channel his emotions, and honor the memory of a true friend. In addition to writing, he enjoys video games, motorcycles, and traveling.
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