Interview with Dan Cocker


Welcome, Dan Cocker. For those who might not be familiar with you, would you be a dear and tell the readers a little about yourself? How did you get your start in the writing business?

Oh my! Is that what I have done?! I never thought of it as business, but then you might not mean that literally either. I’ve not been writing ‘commercially’ for long, I’m not even sure that I am going to keep going either. I like to create and have just discovered creating using words as my shades and colours. 

 
All writers fear the dreaded “block”. Please tell us how you handle it.

Not very well! I had writers block for 52 years and only now have managed to get beyond a page!

 

Contrary to what some people envision about a romance writer’s life, it’s not all glitz and glam. Well not for the majority of us. With that bubble sadly busted, when you’re not writing, how to do you spend your time?

Doing ‘family stuff!’ – repairing toilet flushes, changing light bulbs and traipsing around food stores or carting family members around in the car.

 

I know many writers, such as Dirk and myself, keep their pastime/career a secret. Do those close to you know you write? If so, what are their thoughts?

Yes they know I write, but they roll their eyes, lift their eyebrows, shake their heads and pretty much ignore it!

 

Will you share with us your all time favorite authors? If you’re like me, it’s a long list so give us your top ten

Errr… Tolkein, Lewis Carrol, Stephen Donaldson…Stephen King….ten you said? Hmmm…Alastair Maclean, ten? Really? Ten … Richard Adams…actually I have to confess that I don’t really follow a particular author, I like particular works, for example, The Lord Of The Rings I loved, because of the richness of the landscapes he painted, but I did not enjoy The Silmarillion. I loved ‘To Kill A Mocking Bird’ but I believe that was her only book? Also I think I might have liked the movie and then read the book, so that doesn’t count!

 

If you could choose one book to go to the big screen, which book would you choose and whom would you love see casted in the parts?

One book? Not one of mine? It would have to be The Chronicles of Thomas Covenent and a middle aged Harrison Ford in the lead role.

 

Would you care to tell us what you’re working on now? That is if it’s not top-secret information. If so, just whisper it in my ear. I swear it’ll go no further.

Princess of the Fall, it is my first intertwining of my non sex fantasy and sex fantasy work!

 

Where can we find your stories and is there a particular reading order?

Amazon, and all over the place and no!

 

Would you please share how your present and future fans can contact you?

Dan_Cocker_Author@Hotmail.com

 
Before we wrap up this enlightening interview, do you have anything else you’d like to share? The stage is all yours.

Writing is my pleasure, it allows me to create things that I do not have either the resources or the skills to create in any other way. I do a little painting, recently trying digital work with Coral Painter and Photo Shop, but I have realized that I don’t have anything like the skill of the professionals.

But with words I have discovered I can create stunning tapestries, glorious landscapes, engender fear and ecstasy! I can also make people do stuff they might never do for real, which is not only exciting, but brings with it a huge and unexpected responsibility. I feel I have just landed on the beach, like an ancient fish crawling out of the murky depths into a brave new world full of potential, with possibilities beyond my wildest dreams. I just hope there is enough time left to me to explore it! Of course I am not arrogant enough to think I am in any way special, I am just one of millions and at the moment I am lost in awe of others. But I hope I can realize my potential, even if that potential is to remain, metaphorically speaking, on the edges of a primordial swamp.


There you have it, ladies and gents. I want to again thank Dan Cocker for stopping by and I look forward to the next time we can sit down and dish.

 

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