Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
My name is D P Vent. I am an Author from Eastern Washington and a professional musician. I've been a lifelong writer and over the last few years, writing has become my main focus. I write suspense/thrillers and have published two novels so far, the third will be coming out in January of 2018.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The three novels I have written to date are all part of the "Truth Conspiracy" series. "Rabbit's Run" is book 1 and introduces you to the characters and the origins of the TPA, a shadow militia group bent on saving the world from enslavement to a small council of powerful men who pull the strings from behind the scenes. "Rabbit's Redemption" is book 2 and tells the story of how the elite control the masses through orchestrated events and their control of the media. "Rabbit's Revolution" is coming out in January 2018 and tells the story of the war for freedom from the elite. These are fictional books-believe it or not- but are inspired by real events.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I like to write while sitting on the couch, listening to old AC/DC music on my earbuds. I choose music that I know well enough that I won't focus on it, but still lets me live in my fictional world. Reality is the enemy of good fiction.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
You may as well ask which breath of air was my favorite! There are quite a few authors… Heinlein, Elmore Leonard, Dean Koontz, Brian Lumley, Kim Harrison, John Saul, Lee Child, Tolkien, Stephen King of course, the master of odd dialogue and misdirection. I don't have a favorite, or most influential author. There are too many great ones to count.
What are you working on now?
I am doing the final edit for "Rabbit's Revolution". I am really excited to see how this novel does as it's the most twisted, convoluted story I have written to date, and the struggle to keep from losing the reader to the plot twists while keeping the mystery alive has been quite difficult. I believe we have pulled it off though, this one will keep you up at night!
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I haven't really cracked the code for online success yet, most of my sales have been from book signings across the country. I have had some success with social media, but I suspect the true path lies in paid advertising through Amazon or Yahoo, etc. It's true, you have to spend money to make money!
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Don't get discouraged. It takes time to build a following. If you believe in what you are doing then your audience will find you!
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Don't listen when other writers try to sell you on a formula. There is no right or wrong way to tell a story. Do it your way!
What are you reading now?
I've been reading some of the "Alex Delaware" mysteries by Jonathan Kellerman. He has a unique way of describing people, it makes you think, "that's an odd way of describing that color, of that personality trait," but it works. It most likely stems from his background as a Psychologist.
What’s next for you as a writer?
There will be a forth "Truth Conspiracy" novel for sure, but I have a side project I'm working on also. It deals with a young woman who was kidnapped as a child, rescued and trained as an assassin. I have a unique take on the story that I won't get into here for obvious reasons.
What is your favorite book of all time?
We're back to the, "which breath of air" thing again, but if I had to chose a favorite story, it would either be "The Lord Of The Rings" or "The Stand".