Welcome to another edition of Author Fridays! Sit back, get comfortable and read about this week's featured author, SciFi writer, D. K. Caldwell!
D. K. Caldwell is the author of three books, "GAMAONE", "Beneath the Waves of Altos", and "Revenge of the Androids". They are all part of his "GAMAONE series", and they are all published by Publish America.
"I have one more book planned in this series," says Caldwell, "it will be titled "The Gathering". I am currently completing the editing of a new book "DB-29" and have started a new book "Days of the Dragon" which will be a departure from my previous books which are all science fiction. "Days of the Dragon" is a fantasy filled with magic and dragons."
D. K. Caldwell is a retired Electrical Engineer, who uses his thirty years of experience and incorporates it in his books. He has lived in Arkansas most of his life, but he lived and worked in several other states in the early part of his career. He likes to hunt and fish when he has the time. He also likes to bowl and play golf. As a child he had to overcome dyslexia, and he didn't like to read. It was his children who got him to read more, when they began reading the Star Wars books. He has enjoyed the works of different authors including Author C. Clark's 2001 Space Odyssey books, Jules Vern, and Tom Clancy's Jack Rayne series.
"I never really thought about writing until after I retired," he says. "I have always had a vivid imagination and could always make up stories, but I never really considered putting them on paper. I wrote the original GAMAONE story in 1975 while I was finishing my Engineering degree as a diversion from my studies, but it was not published until 2007. If someone had told me that I would enjoy writing when I retired I would have told them that they were crazy, but I have found that I enjoy writing. Sitting down at my computer and my computer and letting my imagination take me on an adventure. I take my inspiration from Star Trek and other science fiction works, as well as from the science of the day. I believe that today's science fiction is tomorrows research projects and next year's reality. In the 1960's who would have believed that Dick Tracy's wrist radio would become a reality as today's cellular devices."
When I asked D. K. Caldwell how he gets his ideas for his books, he answered, "Ideas for my books come from many different sources. "GAMAONE" was born out of the idea of being able to join the speed of a computer with the logic of the human mind along with the possibility that there have been other technically advanced civilizations on Earth before our own. The idea behind "DB-29" came from my son who works in the field of genetics in cancer research. My daughter, who is an Engineer and into reading fantasy, gave me the idea for "Days of the Dragon". I coupled these ideas with my imagination and let the story evolve. I see ideas for other books in everyday life, from the cutting edge research being done to simple phrases used in our everyday conversations. All of these have given me ideas for books I hope to write in the future."
"While my books are flights of fantasy I try to keep a touch of reality in them. I try to take the reader on an adventure of the mind. I try to put just enough detail in my books that the reader will become a part of the story and see the events in my books in his mind and go with my characters on their adventures. I do not write to convey a message but to entertain the reader. Too many of the books today spend too much time trying to put forth a message and the reader is no longer entertained. If I can entertain the reader for a short time and take them on an adventure then I consider my book a success."
"The only advice I can give to someone who wishes to be published," Caldwell states, "is to not give up. It took me thirty years to get "GAMAONE" published. In the three years since Publish America took a chance on my book I have had two other additional books published. It takes a lot of work to write a good book and even more to convince a publisher to put the book into print. Once you have your book in print then the hardest part begins, trying to get publicity for your book to let people know it is available and getting them to buy it."
"I hope anyone who reads this interview will read one of my books and let me take them on an adventure that is out of this world. I would like for anyone who reads my books to let me know what they think of them. I can be contacted through my web site
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank my wife for allowing me to continue to write while she works to pay the bills."
Thank you, D. K. Caldwell for allowing me to interview you, and thank you readers for joining me for another edition of Author Fridays! Come back next week, same time, same place to read about our next featured author, poetry writer, Dawn Renae Rarick!