I asked. He's answered. M Damon Baker shares his advice, tips and exclusive information about his writing. From what character in his book he relates to most to his hidden talents. Find M Damon Baker on Twitter.
Thanks for joining me 'M', tell us about yourself
After growing up in New York, I’m now a full-time writer living in Florida with my wife and two children. When I’m not glued to my desk, I enjoy taking long boat rides in the Gulf of Mexico with my family.
Can you tell us a little bit about your book?
My debut series is called ‘Second Skin’ and it’s a LitRPG Fantasy Adventure that follows the journey of Dreya Dae, a woman who finds herself trapped within a supposedly virtual reality game that turns out to be a real-world - an alternate version of our own.
While I started out only intending to write a single stand-alone book, the story quickly morphed into an eight-volume series. The first six are currently available, while the final two books are soon to be published. I’m already working on my follow-up, but it’s something of a secret. All I can say for now is that it’s definitely not LitRPG...
What character do you relate to most in your book and why?
That’s like asking which one of my children is my favourite– not very fair…
Okay, if you insist, I’d have to say Tási. Her arc is one of the more controversial, and some of my readers found her a bit annoying at times, but understanding who she is and her true motivations made her very special to me.
What advice can you give to other authors out there?
Write, edit, and most of all, persist. If this is truly what you want to do, there is no substitute for time spent typing away. Most of us start off writing crap, and that’s okay. If you have the vision and drive, your craft will improve.
Do you have any writing and editing tips for other authors in the community?
Do your thing. Take in all the advice you hear and read, but realize that we all have our own individual methods. What works for someone else may not work well for you. By all means, try anything that seems to appeal to you, but understand that other people’s goals and techniques might not suit your style.
Do you have any hidden or uncommon talents?
They wouldn’t exactly be hidden if I told you, now would they?
I’m something of a gourmet chef and baker, to the point that my wife refuses to order anything I’ve made for her when we dine out because she finds the restaurant version disappointing. I’m also a calligrapher, though it’s not a skill I get to use very often. You’d think that would mean I have great handwriting, but Doctors can’t even make out my scratchings.
Your book cover is phenomenal, how did you go about creating it?
Thank you!! I truly love the covers I’ve had made for my books. I can draw a little but I’m not a graphic artist, so while the vision is mine, I’ve had to farm out the skilled labour. It took a lot of back and forth, but the artist really nailed the look I was going for. Covers can be tremendously important, and I think having a strong concept really helps when it comes to creating them.
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