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Apr 27, 2016

Mark Lefebvre, Director of Kobo Writing Life, interviews, author, podcaster, film-maker, photographer and audio-book producer, J. Daniel Sawyer. In the interview, Mark and Daniel discuss:

  • Dan’s publishing production schedule which include 5 books currently in the queue, 8 mysteries in a single series (The Clarke Lantham Mysteries) 6 science fiction books spread across two different series (The Antithesis Progression & Suave Rob’s Awesome Adventures) and stand-alones, a couple of short story collections and two long form writer’s guides (Making Tracks: A Writer’s Guide to Audiobooks and How to Produce Them and Throwing Lead: A Writer’s Guide to Firearms and the People Who Use Them)
  • How four of the books in Sawyer’s Clarke Lantham series started off as short stories, but then “escaped” into full sized novels
  • Dan’s book Idea’s Inc. that was inspired by science fiction legend Harlan Ellison’s snarky response to where he gets his ideas from.
  • His goal to write 3000 words each and every day
  • Dan’s Nanowrimo Daily Podcast project Nanowrimo Every Month
  • The three pillars of writing: Craft, Business, Law
  • Examples of incorrect weapon use in stories, which Sawyer addresses in his book: Throwing Lead: A Writer’s Guide to Firearms and the People Who Use Them
  • How poorly researched use of something like weapons can kick a knowing reader out of the story
  • The differences in weapon terminology use, such as a clip and a magazine, an automatic and a semi-automatic
  • The Weaver stance, originally created in the 1950’s and how it remains one of a number of popular shooting stances in handgun training today because it taught police officers how to shoot quickly, accurately and without accidents
  • Why the “clicking” of a gun when it is out of ammunition is an inaccurate Hollywood convention when it comes to most modern firearms
  • Why Doc Brown would NOT have survived the AK-47 attack in the movie Back to the Future, even with a Kevlar vest on
  • Why being shot typically won’t send someone flying backwards or even stop them while rushing forward
  • Dan’s life-long passion for theatre-radio and audio-books
  • How Scott Sigler inspired Dan into podcasting his fiction.
  • A look at the minimum standard equipment an author would need in order to produce their own quality audio book
  • How Dan has created full-cast / multi-voice audio productions
  • The rough number of hours it takes to produce each hour of finished audio product and the differences between single narrator recordings and full-cast productions
  • The importance of learning from one’s own blunders while finding your way through the business aspect of writing


Daniel Sawyer’s Website

Twitter:  @dsawyer