Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
My name is Dan Burley, and I am mostly a mystery author (though I have other things in the pipeline that aren’t). Beyond that, I am a musician and artist. I’ve written five full-length books to date (and am in the early stages of a couple of others); Two of which are on sale now, two of which will be on sale later in the year, and the last of which will be on sale early next year.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is called “Teenage Female”, and it was inspired by a lot of things. The most paramount among them being the idea of simply giving people a chance. Not just writing someone off because they seem like a lost cause on paper. I’ve seen it far too often in my own life, and I thought it was the right type of story to tell with this particular character in this particular universe.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
That’s really hard to say. I mean, everything I do seems pretty natural to me, so I probably wouldn’t really be the best person to ask.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I’d say Kurt Vonnegut and Stephen King are probably the greatest literary influences on my work. However, the biggest would be manga author Eiichiro Oda, creator of “One Piece”. His knack for emotional storytelling has had a very direct impact on my own work.
Beyond that, my biggest inspirations come from filmed entertainment and music.
What are you working on now?
I am currently editing the sequel to “Bully For You”, my first novel, as well as putting the finishing touches on editing my next release following “Teenage Female” (a book I’ll be formally announcing later this month).
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Honestly, I really couldn’t tell you that. I’m still testing a lot of those waters yet. However, I will say probably nothing beats good old fashioned word of mouth.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Yes; Write your story your way. Write it honestly and to the best of your abilities. Write the story you want to read.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
It’s not book related, but not to fret over clean line work. It’s really freeing!
What are you reading now?
I’ve got two books I’m looking to dig into really soon, both by fellow indie authors. One is “Now That We’re Adults” by Lynn Almengor, and the other is “A Space Girl From Earth” by Christina McMullen. I started both, but had to put them down in order to get my own work done on schedule. Hopefully I’ll get to them by the end of the year!
What’s next for you as a writer?
Well, I’m knee-deep in a fairly lengthy book series right now, and it will be taking up all my writing time through next year. Most of the other stories I have in the pipeline are stand alone novels and novellas, and I don’t plan on starting earnest work on them until I have a certain number of the “Harper” series books out.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Gin to my head, it’s probably “Cat’s Cradle” by Kurt Vonnegut or something like that. I try not to really worry about favorites, honestly. There’s a lot of wonderful stuff out there, and I’m rarely comfortable with hard favorites as a result.