Welcome back for another Monday Morning author interview!
Today I have the pleasure to welcome Samuel Davel, author of Dear Monica, an intimate personal journey that details one man’s loss and love from the inside, as it were.
When did you realize you first wanted to be an author?
I first realized I wanted to be an author when I was little, around 12 or 13 maybe. My mom had recently been arrested and it was a rather rough time for a child as you could imagine. Well, I started a rather dramatic journal called “To Hell and Back” journalling the emotions and what it was like for my mom to be gone for a while. I ended up realizing how over-dramatic the journal was after she was released and I ended up throwing it away a few weeks after she got home. It’s kind of stuck with me since though, I’ve just always written stuff down.
Where do your ideas for your stories come from?
Most of my ideas come from real life or real-life stories that have happened to me or friends that have fictional twists and exaggerated plots. I like to look at real-life stories and write in realism so it feels real but has a twist for drama and over exaggerations.
When did you write your first book and how old were you?
I wrote my first book at 25 and published it that same year. I had started the novel maybe 15 different times throughout my life but never really stuck to it. With the pandemic and everything happening I finally had the time and said let’s do this. Since then I’ve written every day and have another book set to release in a few weeks and another set to go to the editor in a few weeks.
Does your writing energize or exhaust you? Why?
I think so far my writing energizes and exhausts. I really enjoy and think my purpose is to tell stories. However, my life has been rather dark, and a lot of that does end up in my writing. So going into those emotional places can be very exhausting.
Do you write what you think the reader wants or do you try to be original?
I really try to be original in my writings. I have said this a few times to some other authors and really mean it when I say it but I write stories for me, I cant get everyone to like them that’s impossible, but if they’re for me then I like them and that means someone likes them.
How do you think publishing has changed how you write?
I think publishing changed my way of writing because I understood what the formatting and stuff needed to look like at the end. That way I could start molding that a lot earlier in the writing process rather than waiting till the end.
If you had a spirit animal for you as an author what would it be?
As a writer I think my spirit animal is a wolf. Very loyal and pack-oriented, will always try to take care of others and do what’s right, but also has a side to him when he is pushed that not many see. It can be dark and emotional.
Are you working on anything else at the moment?
I’m currently working on publishing my second novel “Yours, Only” It’s a romance that follows a young husband and wife through the husband deployment with Army special operations. He is troubled with balancing his home life with his life on deployment while he continues to learn about what he really wants from life all while his wife struggles to keep their family together and be his shoulder to lean on.
Do you have anything else coming soon?
Coming soon this year I have two additional romance novels aside from “Yours, Only”. I have started both of them and I could not be more excited about the direction of both. I don’t want to give out any secrets but stay posted because they are good.
What do you do, outside of writing?
I’d really like to share that outside of writing I also act and host a Wisconsin sports podcast called “Wisconsin in NYC”. Before moving into the busy city of NYC I was stationed down in Savannah with the 1st Ranger Battalion and really enjoyed my time in the service.
What does your version of literary success look like?
I think for me literary success looks like me being able to write and provide for me and a family. I never need to be “Big Time” that’s not really me. I wouldn’t even know what to do with myself, but I really enjoy writing. I love it in fact, and I would be really happy with the opportunity to be able to make a living off of it.
Where can readers find you?
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Thanks, it was fun being here!