Heavily influenced by George Romero movies and bad, poorly dubbed anime, David Colby decided to start writing almost twelve years ago. It went poorly. But, despite these early setbacks, David continued to work and write and send out submissions until someone was mad enough to accept him. Currently living in Rohnert Park, California, while working on his English Bachelor, David Colby continues to be fascinated by George Romero movies and has realized that animes have subtitles.
Book Character Twitters:
1.5 million kilometers above the surface of the Earth
Drusilla Xao has only seen a tree in movies and vid-games. She has never breathed air that wasn’t recycled, re-filtered, and re-used a hundred times over again. She has never set foot on the Earth.
And now she never will.
When a terrorist attack by a radical separatist group on Luna destroys the space elevator that had called so many – including her parents – to live permanently in space, Dru is cut off from any hope of ever reaching Earth and her beloved girlfriend, Sarah. The Chinese-American Alliance declares immediate war on the rebels and conscripts everyone they can get their hands on…including Dru.
Cast adrift, forced to become a soldier, trapped in a nightmare of vacuum and loneliness, Dru’s training will help her survive, but only Sarah will be able to bring her home.
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There was something wonderful about this book. It rang true with a possible future- one that I don't think I'd want to be a part of. I loved how David developed his characters.
Dru is an amazing girl with a whole crap-load of the universe dumping on her. But she handles it great! She doesn't break and end up in Heaven - which, by the way, is an awesome name for such a place. This girl rolls with the punches, and isn't afraid to give some back. Her relationship with Sarah is her anchor which seems to be the case with a lot of youths in the military.
This was a good read. I loved how things were explained and how the reality of being in space wasn't glamorized. It was simply a place to live with some very deadly possibilities. I could totally imagine someone being called an "orange peel."
I recommend this book for that love space adventures, soldiers with rebellious streaks, and a love for things in constant motion. It's a good read.
Did you always want to be a writer? If not, then what?
When I was a lad, I longed to be an astronaut. But I’m terrible at math and very fat. Alas…
Do your readers contact you? If so, what do they say?
As of yet, I have received no real fanmail. However, I have spoken to a few fans and one of them told me that they were very happy with how I approached gender and sexuality in my novel. I felt pretty good about that.
For aspiring writers, what three pieces of good advice would you give them?
Never, ever stop writing. Never, ever stop reading. Never, ever stop living. Because it’s really hard (but not impossible) to write while dead.
Do you have a favorite of your own books?
Not really. I love every book when I start writing it…and hate it by the time I’m done editing it.
How do you balance writing with your life?
Well, for every hour I spend writing, I spend at least two playing video games. It’s a crude system, but it works.
How old were you when you wrote your first book and what was it about?
I was fourteen or fifteen and I wrote a novel about a team of superheroes who shot zombies. It was weird and came from a time when I didn’t believe in quotation marks, formatting, or spellcheck.
Where do your ideas come from?
The tiny elves living in my head.
Do you have a writing quirk?
“Even as.” I use that phrase way way WAY too often. Even as I try to eradicate it, I also find that I tend to start sentences with “So.” So, even as I found these quirks to be annoying, I tried to eradicate them.
Pantser or Planner?
Well, my pants have jet turbines built into them, so I’d be a fool to not trust them.
Do you pick out dream casts for your books? If so, what's your favorite so far?
No, no, I don’t know the names of enough actors to be able to cast any of my novels. Not unless every single member of the cast was played by Sean Connery. Hmm…that might just work…
What do you use to motivate yourself to keep writing through the tough spots?
I usually take a nice long walk and try and clear my brain of any negative thoughts. Then I run right back into the meat grinder until words come out.
Do you create a playlist for your works?
No. I don’t really know enough music to be able to do it very well.
What is your current WIP about? (Possible title, characters, setting, etc.)
Worldshard. It takes place three thousand years after an apocalyptic magical conflict destroyed not just the world, but rather the whole concept of the world, leaving behind a swirling mass of chaos. In this new existence, humans survive because imagination reshapes the chaos around them. Over the centuries, the mighty Nations arose: floating islands of stability ordered around a strong sense of national identity and protected by the Champions. Champions are mechanical constructs of clay and brass (meaning they can’t be mutated by the wild chaos outside the bounds of a Nation) but are imbued with the soul of ancient heroes, giving them creativity and humanity. They battle the Champions of other nations and the shapeshifting fair folk who dwell in the chaos beyond. The main character is Vengeful Crystalline Hawk 45C, a newly created Champion. She was built by Korvosa, a large, imperialistic Nation that is at war with the democratic, freedom-loving Surya. But there is one problem…45C’s soul, due to a huge oversight, isn’t Korvosan. It’s Suryan. Needless to say, shit gets real.
Share one sentence from your book, no explanations, just one sentence.
“You’re going to feel an intense need to fart,” Stru said. “You’d better do it, or else you’ll rupture your intestines.”
Coke vs Pepsi?
Barq’s root beer.
Chocolate vs Vanilla?
Vanilla with dark chocolate chips.
Cake vs Ice Cream?
Cake with a side of ice cream.
Night owl or Early bird?
Favorite genre to read?
What was your favorite book as a child?
Alanna: The First Adventure
Do you think we dream in color or that we wake up and remember it in color?
I’ve never actually remembered a dream in my life. Am I actually a robot? You decide.
What's your favorite food?
What type of food could you never live without?
Bread. It goes with everything!
If you meet one person, living or dead, who would it be and why?
Thomas Jefferson. I want to quiz him about how he could write one of the most astoundingly effective calls to liberty in the world – the Declaration of Independence – and still own slaves. Then I’d send him back in time with a history textbook, a lesson on how to make vaccinations for the major illnesses and ask him to try and not screw up and try to get rid of slavery without a freaking war.
If you were stuck on a desert island, what would you take with you (limit 4 items)?
Favorite show growing up?
Captain Simian and the Space Monkeys. This show exists. It is real. It is amazing, too. Even more so now that I recognize all the references.
If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?
Super-intelligence. Then I could invent solutions to the world’s problems, both social and economic. If I could have two, I’d take super-intelligence and super-ethics. I’d hate to become evil.
What would your superhero name be?
What do you think the future will hold?
Everyone who has ever made any major predictions about the future has been wrong. I’m going to save my pride. Also, I’m lazy.