After a childhood in academia, J. Daniel Sawyer declared his independence by dropping out of high school and setting off on a series of adventures in the bowels of the film industry, the venture capital culture of silicon valley, surfing safaris, bohemians, burners, historians, theologians, adventurers, climbers, drug dealers, gangbangers, and inventors before his past finally caught up to him.
Trapped in a world bookended by one wall falling in Berlin and other walls going up around suburbia and along national borders throughout the world, he rediscovered his deep love of history and, with it, and obsession with predicting the future as it grew aggressively out of the past.
To date, this obsession has yielded over thirty books and innumerable short stories, the occasional short film, nearly a dozen podcasts stretching over a decade and a half, and a career creating novels and audiobooks exploring the world through the lens of his own peculiar madness, in the depths of his own private forest in a rural exile, where he uses the quiet to write, walk on the beach, and manage a production company that brings innovative stories to the ears of audiences across the world.
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1) What kind of pre-writing activities do you do to get into the headspace needed to write in your various universes?
2) Do you have any pre-writing rituals you do to help?
3) What are your pre-publication rituals?
4) Do you have any check list you use before you decide a book is ready to be released to the public? I find that when I’ve been with a project for too long I loose my objectivity and so I miss a lot of stupid mistakes. How do you avoid the same thing?
5) If you’re self publishing, how do you go about finding a good audio narrator? Do you hire the work and keep the rights or contract it out? What should you look for if you contract it out?