Hi, Dale! Thanks for joining us to talk about your new novel, Sabotage, and writing in general. Grab a slice of cake, take a glug of your beverage and we can get started.
So, when did you know that you wanted to be a writer? Was there a single moment of clarity or did the knowledge just creep up on you?
I started writing when I was a kid. It was something I always did from maybe six or seven years old. I got more serious when I got in high school, and I wrote a lot for a local paper then, so it was something I always talked about. I loved Dead Poets’ Society and all those kind of “literary” movies, and I certainly hoped that I would get something published before I got out of college. I kind of pulled away when I had kids and such, but I’d have to say it’s been something I’ve thought about for a long time …
Tell us about your writing schedule. Do you write everyday? At the weekends? Or, like us, whenever you get the chance?
I write most days, not every day. When you start getting serious, you have to make the determination to make it regular. But there are still days when everything’s up in the air when it doesn’t get done … especially when you’re trying to get a book out!
What is it about the Sabotage, what inspired you to write it, how was the story born?
Sabotage started when I was on Lake of the Ozarks one night, early in the season. I just started thinking about how easy it would be for someone to cause havoc, and everything developed around that. It’s much more “out there” than some of the other stuff I’ve written, and I found the more I went with the characters the better it got.
How do your storylines evolve? Do you already have it planned where you want to go, or do you let the story take you along with it?
Especially with Sabotage it did. It really changed as it went along. My villain got better with the more I let him run. He went places I didn’t expect it to go, and so did the rapper in the story, Pal Joey. He was a lot of fun to write.
If you could choose any book in the world to have written which one would it be and why?
I love The Great Gatsby, so probably that one. I just think it is so well-written, and the tone is so perfect. It’s my favorite.
If you could be any character from a book who would it be and why?
Probably Hunter S. Thompson in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas … if I could guarantee I’d come out all right!
What advice would you give to other writers of fiction out there who are thinking of self-publishing their work?
Just spend enough time so that you’re ready. There are more opportunities than there ever have been. This is a golden time. Spend time looking at what Mark Coker and Mark Dawson are doing. it’s work that will really help you. Then spend time working on the marketing and paying for professionals giving you a great cover.
Who is, or are, your favourite author(s)?
Dr. Hunter S. Thompson
Okay, some quick fire questions! Don’t think too hard. Just answer…
Super Villain or Super Hero?
Super Hero. More flying involved.
Ice-cream or chocolate?
Beach or the skiing holiday?
Beach. Less chance of hospital.
Keep the One Ring or throw it in Mount Doom?
Give it to a hot girl.
Audio or book?
Both! I haven’t found a way to operate a car and read a book at the same time.
Zombie Apocalypse weapon of choice: Axe or Shotgun?
Thanks so much for taking the time to come and chat to us Dale! Can’t wait for Sabotage to be released!
Sabotage is available for pre-order now, and you can get your hands on a free copy of Dale’s novel ‘The Intern’ by clicking HERE