Author's Interview with David Blair

First, before we move forward with our Authors Interview, I would like to start with an introduction.

1. Could you please introduce yourself to us?

David Blair, as the author of "Dragons in the Clouds". This is my first novel publication. But my first story, was a student film called “Destination Destiny”. Most recently, I worked as a production supervisor for EnterAktion Studios, on a feature length motion picture called “Dwegons and Leprechauns’’. My favorite writers are Rod Sterling and Charles Dickens. I love stories that make fiction believable, where fantasy can seem possible.

2. Congratulations on your book. So what inspired you to write this book?
I wrote the story, "Dragons in the Clouds" over 20 years ago. It started with the song, "Puff the Magic Dragon". I thought it would make a great story. So, I started kicking around some ideas, and as I was creating the dragon story based on Puff, I was in a smoke shop that had crystals and incense and I came upon a pewter dragon statue. It was a dragon standing upon clouds holding a crystal ball. The title of the statue was "The Dragon of the Clouds" The minute I picked it up, the story, almost magically started formulating in my head. In the time it took me to drive home, I had the outline/treatment in my head. I immediately sat down at the computer and wrote it out. I originally wrote Dragons in the Clouds in screenplay format and only recently converted it into novel format.
3. What is the book all about?
A wizard is compelled to help a family of Dragons escape the annihilation of their species. He grants them the spell of weightlessness and tells them to hide within the cover of the clouds. An apprentice to the wizard grants the same spell to a vicious specie of Dragon. Causing an event that may bring an end to their world and perhaps the very world we live in today
4. Why did you choose this genre for your book?
As I mention I started with the song ''Puff the Magic Dragon, the story picked the genre, but I have to admit that I am very partial to this genre in particular, I enjoy the lore, the power and also the vulnerability that surrounds dragons and their mystique
5. How much time did it take to complete this book?
The original first draft which was in screenplay format took 30 days. But after that first draft, I put it down for quite a few years. So to pinpoint an actual time is hard to say.
6. What makes your Book Special?
It has an original element that has yet to be told. Plus I included Lightning and thunderstorms which plays an integral part in the story, have captivated my imagination for as long as I can remember.
7. When is your second book coming?
I have two. A western titled “The Hunt for the Apache Kid, A Ghost Story” and a contemporary crime drama titled “Meaner than the Devil”. But I do have a lot more marketing planned for my current release. We will see how things pan out.
8. While writing did you get any writer's block? What is the Tip that you will give others who are facing writer's block?
. I customarily write a 20 page treatment/outline of the entire story. This helps in prevent writers block. After I have the treatment set. I start dissecting sentence by sentence, adding dialog and description. And if a better idea or direction for the story comes to mind. I have no hesitation in changing the story.
9. Apart from being a talented author, what are your other hobbies?
I have owned and ran a lot of businesses. I am good with numbers. My most proudest accomplishment is I worked as a Production Supervisor on a CGI film called ''Dwegons and Leprechauns''. We came in under budget. A finished product. You can catch it on Youtube if interested.
10. Last but not the least, How did you feel, while giving this interview?
I love talking about writing. I just hope I am able to encourage a upcoming writer to go for it and to simply see what happens. We all have a story to tell. Believe.
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