Name: Daniel B. Royer
Where are you from: Kalamazoo, MI.
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc: I was born and raised in a small town called Bay Village, located in north-east Ohio. Having had a car accident at the age of sixteen devastated my family’s’ life style, which eventually caused me to leave home at the young age of seventeen. I departed from my home in New Orleans, LA. to chase a dream of going back to Bay Village and graduating high school with childhood friends, which I did. After graduating high school I chose to join the 101st Screaming Eagles, located in Fort Campbell, KY. Having achieved high scores in four extremely adventurous, military schools, excelled my rank to buck-sergeant in less than three years. Shortly thereafter I became a father of three adorable children. It was after raising my children I pursued another goal of writing science-fiction. Using my extremely creative ability to write passionately and descriptively, paired with my insatiable desire to research all means of Science-fiction, has led to the development of The Egoles’ Sci-fi Series.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
Daniel: I’ve been traveling over the last two months. I’ve now settled down in Kalamazoo, MI. where I plan on finishing the second book in The Egoles’ Sci-fi, Fantasy Series, “Roar of the Egole.”
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Daniel: I started writing early in life, around the age of 17 years old. Writing is a way I found to express my thoughts and learn more about myself as an added benefit. It’s a journey you take in self-development.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Daniel: After my first book, The Biography of an American Poet, which was written in 2009.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Daniel: It started out as a challenge by a big mouth co-worker who was trying to discredit me as a writer.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Daniel: Yes, I love to use my creative imagination to develop an atmosphere where the reader can live in my words. I pair my senses with my history, then I give it a fantasy twist.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Daniel: Secrets of the Egoles’ Nest was inspired by Abe Eagle. Abe was a mascot for the 101st Screaming Eagles, the military division at Ft. Campbell, KY. This eagle was used in the civil war to locate the enemy then vocalized their location to the U.S. Cavalry.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Daniel: Yes! I’d like to believe that it would build a stronger family foundation, through the care and concern of loving parents, which is evident throughout the series.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
Daniel: The challenges of growing up were experiences I had. I’ve just supersized the fantasy element.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Daniel: The experiences were a combination of my life and the elements that affected me, well into adulthood.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
Daniel: Arthur Conan Doyle, The Sherlock Holmes Series. Ray Bradbury, Martian Chronicles.
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Daniel: Ray Bradbury.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Daniel: I’m constantly writing and re-writing the final draft of Roar of the Egole, the second book in the series.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Daniel: I do enjoy J.K. Rowlings.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
Daniel: Roar of the Egole.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Daniel: The spirits within my subconscious. Sometimes I have to back away from the story line in order to let the story take roots in developing thoughts, which I experience as character development.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Daniel: Yes, but also as a hobby and it’s very therapeutic, for me.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Daniel: Not a single word. It took years to create the perfect wordage for each character.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Daniel: I first used it as a getaway from the boredom of everyday life. Now, I couldn’t imagine not writing.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Daniel: In the second book, Aben experiences the loss of a parent.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Daniel: Absolutely, it has to be in character development and sensory wordage.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Daniel: Ray Bradbury and his ability to create other worlds.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Daniel: Not so far. I’m really concentrating on finishing the series.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Daniel: I did the cover. Photoshop is an amazing tool.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Daniel: By far, editing. I finally turned it over to a phenomenal editor, Holly M. Kothe
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Daniel: If you’re self-published, build your audience as you go. I concentrated on Facebook and Twitter, simply because they have the largest audience. Then of course, re-writing.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Daniel: Don’t rush your story for an early payday.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Daniel: The series starts off with two prequels, then I’ll switch over to Chronicles of Aben Egole, which will observe his heroic development through epic journeys.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Daniel: Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Daniel: Human stupidity and human compassion.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
Daniel: Abraham Lincoln, he was a man that had compassion for life and committed himself to a nation, and the war that divided it.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why?
Daniel: I was a father and a humanitarian. Look for me in the soul of my heirs.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
Daniel: I’m a working advocate for the homeless.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Daniel: Smallville, Harry Potter, The Road and Batman.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music.
Daniel: I usually stick with healthy foods such as Chicken Cesar Salad. Blue and Green. Led Zeppelin, Simon and Garfunkel, Stevie Knicks and Sheryl Crow.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Daniel: Cabinet maker or painter.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?