Romelia: WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF YOUR ARTISTIC PROCESS?
Daniel Porter: Translating my own chaotic ideas into actual stories. It’s harder than it sounds.
Romelia: DOES YOUR FAMILY SUPPORT YOUR CAREER AS A WRITER?
Daniel Porter: They don’t think it’s likely it’ll go anywhere. But they encourage me enough for me to know that they understand how much I love writing!
Romelia: IF YOU HAD TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENTLY AS A CHILD OR TEENAGER TO BECOME A BETTER WRITER AS AN ADULT, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
Daniel Porter: I would make sure that I explore all avenues of creation. I’m doing that now, considering I even have my own audio show based on my books, but it’d be awesome if I had started sooner.
Romelia: HOW LONG ON AVERAGE DOES IT TAKE YOU TO WRITE A BOOK?
Daniel Porter: Around 3 years.
Romelia: DO YOU BELIEVE IN WRITER’S BLOCK?
Daniel Porter: Definitely. Everyone gets it for different reasons and you definitely don’t even need to be a writer in order to get writers block. There are ways to overcome it, but it’s generally unique to the person.
Romelia: AT WHAT POINT DO YOU THINK SOMEONE SHOULD CALL THEMSELVES A WRITER?
Daniel Porter: When they start writing. It’s in the name, no?
Romelia: WHAT DIFFERENCE DO YOU SEE BETWEEN A WRITER AND AN AUTHOR?
Daniel Porter: I don’t think there is a difference, personally. Although I think being called a writer sounds cooler.
Romelia: HOW DO YOU PROCESS AND DEAL WITH NEGATIVE BOOK REVIEWS?
Daniel Porter: Well, if it’s constructive, then I understand and take it on board. I’ve done it that way with my designing as well. Only way to improve is through trial and error and all that.
Romelia: WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF YOUR WRITING PROCESS?
Daniel Porter: For me it’s when I have to kill off a character. To me, these characters are people in their own worlds and yes I am the puppet master. But I care about my lil’ puppets.
Romelia: HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WRITING OR WHEN DID YOU START?
Daniel Porter: Since I was 8 years old. So around ten years now?
Romelia: WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A WRITER WORKING ON THEIR FIRST BOOK?
Daniel Porter: Keep going. Don’t be afraid of the white page and write what you want to. Don’t stick to any guide lines, you’ll create your own as you go along. The best thing you could do is write by your own rules. after all, the one that knows your story the best is you!
Romelia: WHAT, TO YOU, ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENTS OF GOOD WRITING?
Daniel Porter: To love your own story. It’s pretty hard to appreciate your own work, take this from someone who’s always hard themselves. But I try to be fair when I work and when I do rewrites. After all, if I was too harsh, I’d never have published a book and I’d still be just lil old me with a bunch of scrapped stories laying around.
Romelia: WHAT COMES FIRST FOR YOU – THE PLOT OR THE CHARACTERS – AND WHY?
Daniel Porter: The characters. It’s because the characters are what propel the plot. Without characters, there can be no plot. Don’t get me wrong, it can be stuff like things happen to characters that propel the plot but most of the time, to make something engaging, the characters should propel the plot themselves.
Romelia: HOW DO YOU DEVELOP YOUR PLOT AND CHARACTERS?
Daniel Porter: I let them develop themselves. I found I worked best when I didn’t quite know what would happen, that I only knew bits and pieces, the main events. But the connections that move you from point A to point B is the stuff that I didn’t know. So in a way, I’m finding things out at the same pace as the reader.
Romelia: WHEN DID YOU FIRST CALL YOURSELF A WRITER?
Daniel Porter: When I was 16 I think? I know it was recent. I was a little afraid to call myself one as I thought I didn’t deserve the title.
Romelia: HOW DO YOU USE SOCIAL MEDIA AS AN AUTHOR?
Daniel Porter: I have my own personal page for my book series on Instagram and I use my personal social media as well. I also use YouTube where I post my audio stories.
Romelia: WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE AND LEAST FAVORITE PART OF PUBLISHING?
Daniel Porter: My least favorite bit is structuring the manuscript, it’s pretty hard and time consuming. My favorite part is getting my own author copy.
Romelia: WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO AN AUTHOR WHO WANTED TO DESIGN THEIR OWN COVER?
Daniel Porter: I’d say go for it, considering I do the same thing. There’s no harm in trying right?
Romelia: HOW MANY BOOKS HAVE YOU WRITTEN AND WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE?
Daniel Porter: I’ve written three books in total, one scrapped, one published and one about to be published in late December/early January. My favorite book so far has got to be Red Skies, it’s such a fun book to write and it’s the first one I’ve done that’s got two main characters with opposing views.
Romelia: WHAT PART OF THE BOOK DID YOU HAVE THE HARDEST TIME WRITING?
Daniel Porter: I’d think it’d have to be the horror segment to be specific. Its completely done in the second protagonists perspective, with a werewolf hunting them and their friends down in an enclosed underground space. It was hard to do and to show exactly the terror they were all feeling but I think I pulled it off.
Romelia: WHAT PART OF THE BOOK WAS THE MOST FUN TO WRITE?
Daniel Porter: It’d have to be the chapter that reveals the first protagonists back story. It was fun to write it in when I have eluded to it for so long.
Romelia: WHICH OF THE CHARACTERS DO YOU RELATE TO THE MOST AND WHY?
Daniel Porter: I relate to a character called the collector the most. And why? Well I play as him in my audio stories. There is another reason but that’s a spoiler for future books, so that’s a secret.
Romelia: IF YOU’RE PLANNING A SEQUEL. CAN YOU SHARE A TINY BIT ABOUT YOUR PLANS FOR IT?
Daniel Porter: I’ll say that Red Skies is an amazing book with something for everybody. It’s got werewolves, unread, mutants, horror, cannibals, Gods and Goddesses, etc. I’m sure if people gave it a chance, I’m sure they’d love it!
Romelia: TELL US SOMETHING FUNNY ABOUT YOUR ADULT LIFE.
Daniel Porter: Well, here’s a joke instead: How do you make holy water? Boil the hell out of it.
Romelia: describe yourself in a few sentences. Tell us something we do not know about you and something you hate about the world.
Daniel Porter: I love helping people when I can, I like to think that I’m a kind person and I always try to be as kind as possible. Something I hate about the world? Well, I suppose that people can still be so incredibly ignorant to others plights in this day and age. I don’t think it should be too hard to be considerate to a fellow living creature, you know? Yet some people still struggle with that. So I suppose I hate those people.