Today we welcome author David Faucheux. One of #Uniqueauthors to be featured here.
Author name: David L. Faucheux
I have been an audiobook reviewer for Library Journal since 2006. Prior to that I submitted an article to Interface and guest-edited an issue of this publication put out by the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies.
What first prompted you to publish your work? I was asked to review a book written by an acquaintance. Her book, Occupying Aging, was a journal; and while reading it, I came to the realization that this was something I could do myself.
What have you found the most challenging part of the process? I had to maintain the discipline of writing daily, of making sure to get something down at close of day. I knew I might expand on an entry later, but I tried never to skip a day’s writing.
What piece of advice do you wish you’d had when you started your publishing journey? I wish I had known more about using social media to create a fan base and a “following.” I had no idea that publishers seem to prefer to publish those who have a following and a platform.
If you could have dinner with any literary character who would you choose, and what would you eat. I would love to simply visit the world in such historical novels as American Duchess: A Novel of Consuelo Vanderbilt. The world of the 1890s offers a foretaste of modernity yet is just different enough to fascinate. Authors of interest to me are the nonfiction writers: Simon Winchester, Michael Lewis, and Bill Bryson. They write about topics that intrigue me including the year 1927, the Pacific Ocean, and financial brinksmanship.
What are your views on authors offering free books? Do you believe, as some do, that it demeans an author and his or her work? When used sparingly, free books can prime the pump. In the hands of the right reviewers, these free books (advanced reader copies), spread the word.
How do you deal with bad reviews? If they are honest, I try to learn from them; if simply vituperative, I ignore them.
What’s the best advice you’ve received about writing/publishing? Don’t give up.
If you could be any fantasy/mythical or legendary person/creature what would you be and why? I’d like to have been a student at a university studying magic such as portrayed in Laurie Forest’s The Black Witch.
Which authors have influenced you the most? I have enjoyed a wide range of fiction and nonfiction genres. Writers of historic fiction intrigue me because they build worlds on the past. By the same token, science fiction and fantasy writers intrigue me because they must create worlds built on what-if and the future respectively. Imagination is paramount in these three genres. Nonfiction requires a different set of skills. The ability to describe, educate, and explain dominates nonfiction. I enjoy nonfiction such as David Traxel’s 1898: The Birth of the American Century because it describes the culture of a year. It attempts to recreate a world.
What is your writing space like? I write at a computer desk in my living room. I am the sole occupant of a small subsidized apartment.
Tell us about your latest piece? My latest book is an abridgement of Across Two Novembers: A Year in the Life of a Blind Bibliophile. I realized that my original book at 510 pages including 48 pages of bibliography might be much too long for the typical reader. I am given to understand that the attention span of the average American is short. I reduced the book by 55 percent. I am now working to have it produced as an audiobook. Audiobooks sell well or so I am told. Selections from Across Two Novembers: A Bibliographic Year should be out in the fall. Visit www.dldbooks.com/davidfaucheux/ to learn more.
Across Two Novembers on Amazon
What’s your next writing adventure? I plan to develop a podcast that expands on topics I explored in Across Two Novembers.
What is the last book you’ve read? I have read several books concurrently: David McCullough’s The pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West, Melissa Bowersock’s Finding Travis (a time-travel fantasy), and Alyssa B. Sheinmel’s A Danger to Herself and Others (a young adult novel.)
Is this the age of the e-book? Are bricks and mortar bookshops in decline? I suspect it’s the age of everything and whatever works for the reader.
With the influx of indie authors do you think this is the future of storytelling? Possibly, but it can be hard to be heard as an indie! Believe me, I have been there, and unless mechanisms exist to promote indie authors, good books may go by the wayside.
Is there a message in your books? I have written to bring readers into my world, a world many may not have thought much about. A world, that of a blind person in the early 21st century, that simply may not be on most readers’ radar.
How important is writing to you? Writing is a means to an end. I feel I have writing ability, but I am not sure I am that exotic creature known as a “writer,” a creature who must write day and night or suffer the pangs of withdrawal.