- a Science Fiction Author and a Digital Artist
Readers, let’s give a good, hearty welcome to this week’s guest!
Dave Welch was born in America. He grew up in Macon Georgia and after 23 years he moved to Atlanta to further his knowledge in computer animation. After another 4 years of college, Dave received his Bachelor’s degree in Media Arts and Animation.
Since then, Dave has moved back to Macon, where he founded Adaptor Studio. ‘Supa’ (as the hoodlums of Macon Ga. would call him) has become the “soul” creator of the hit cartoon MOS, with a novel series adaptation entitled Evolving Crane. Since then, he has persistently chased his dream, as a descriptive writer with the animus to change the world of animation as we know it.
Dave, thanks for agreeing to be here today. Most interviews start off with the boring stuff, but I know what readers REALLY want to know.
If you could have any pet (real/fantasy/no-allergies/no worries about feeding it) what would it be?
If I could have any pet, it would be a Bealberian. This is a fictional pet from Evolving Crane. It’s extremely smart, self-sustaining, and great for cleaning, flying, etc. Whatever you train it to do, it will do with exceptional flare. Just don’t feed it. Don’t! Feed! It!!
Oh, dear! I wonder what it looks like. And why shouldn’t you feed it? Does it get powers? Or just follow you home and never leave?
What do you write? And how did you get started?
I write Science Fiction. It all started with MOS, which is the cartoon adaptation to Evolving Crane. I started writing out the episodes when building the cartoon bible. I came to grips with the funding required to produce a cartoon and I decided to build a fan base through writing. And that’s how the novel series began.
What a lovely path to writing! Although, as we all know, writing is writing, whether it be a script or a novel. It’s just the details that change.
What do you like to read?
I read comics.
Ha! Don’t laugh at me.
I love comics cause it’s a great combination of art and writing. The Graphic Novels are killer! Still, they are more expensive than just a basic novel. I hope to do one in the future. Let’s cross our fingers for a million sales, yea?!
I would never laugh at someone for loving comics and graphic novels. I’d be a hypocrite if I did!
Name one commonly accepted piece of writing advice that doesn’t work for you.
Write across genre — appeal to everyone
So the advice that I have received through the years (in terms of writing) has been good and bad. The worst piece of advice that I got was when I was led to believe that I could spread my book across different genres.
This is a big mistake!
I’ve heard that a single story should definitely know which genre market you’re aiming at, even if it contains hallmarks of other genres.
Name one commonly accepted piece of writing advice that they can pry out of your cold, dead hands.
Find your genre
The best piece of writing advice that I can give you is: discover your genre and stick to it. No matter what. But if you do decide to ‘cross the streams’ make sure that you do so, under a different pseudonym.
So true, finding your home and your genre is so key to finding and building your market. Although, in this day and age of hustle and the struggle to get a following for even one pseudonym, more and more people are eschewing multiple names, and instead, making sure the marketing and branding makes the genre obvious, rather than juggling multiple identities. Then again, most of the duel genre writers I know are open about their alternate names, and the ones I don’t know about…
Shameless Self-Promotion time!
The three-book series is fully published! Check it out now.
Evolving (Evolving Crane #1)
An alien massacre brings the multiverse to war…
When Agent Lawson moves to London, Crane (her known felon boyfriend) is left to raise their child alone.
But as matters send him over the edge, Crane is abducted by aliens.
Now, trillions of galaxies away, the battle rages on, steering death across the stars. Uncanny events occur when Crane is molecularly augmented and shoved into this cosmic war.
Project MOS (Evolving Crane #2)
Project: MOS is online with the cosmos.
But when a demented Clydesdale is unleashed upon the Earth, an advanced race of Androids claim the land. The planet falls to calamity, forcing Crane and his newfound allies into war.
A catastrophic evolution, that he may not survive…
Triple Beam ( Evolving Crane #3)
Kontriss Quiaussus, a drug-dealing alien, comes upon the deal of a lifetime. With the use of a device known as the Triple Beam, he eventually reaches a prominent status. This status, however, influenced the Xaris, who immediately deployed dozens of countermeasures. And after the Triple Beam is stolen and re-designed, an entire race lies in the weight of extermination.
Will Crane stop this catastrophe by siding with a cosmic pusher? Or will the Xaris finally rid themselves of an irritable species?