Writing a fantasy novel

The Captive Dragon took me four years to write, working on my lunch hours at the office. Being a traditional fantasy novel (heroic/epic fantasy), it is tightly plotted and required much focus. To stay on course, I wrote for four lunch hours per week, giving myself the “day off” on Fridays to spend my lunch break wandering through the downtown shops and antique stores. This was something of a grueling writing schedule, being in the middle of an eight hour day at a demanding job. I don’t think I could have pulled it off if I had used the more relaxed once-a-week routine under which I wrote the surreal comic novel Stella Vero. I’d have forgotten too many details over seven days, and The Captive Dragon would have been full of plot holes and wandering narrative. As it was, I went through three drafts before I felt it was my best effort.  Is is a good novel?  I don’t know, but I’m none-the-less proud of it.


About David Barker

David Barker is the author of two works of weird horror fiction written in collaboration with W. H. Pugmire: The Revenant of Rebecca Pascal and In the Gulfs of Dream & Other Lovecraftian Tales (both books were published by the now defunct Dark Renaissance Books, but copies are still available from Dark Regions Press.) Barker and Pugmire also collaborated on a Lovecraftian horror novel, Witches In Dreamland, which will be published by Hippocampus Press, possibly in late 2017. Recently, his stories and poems have appeared in Fungi, Cyaegha, Spectral Realms, The Art Mephitic, The Audient Void, The Indiscriminate Mixture and on Shoggoth.net. He has a short story in the weird fiction anthology, Nightmare's Realm, edited by S. T. Joshi and published in 2017 by Dark Regions Press. He also has published several works of horror and bizarro fiction as Kindle ebooks, including the bizarro zombie novel Dead Guys in Packards. Together with Jordan Hofer, David Barker has written two nonfiction books about UFOs and alien abduction: Little Gray Bastards (published in 2016 by Schiffer Publishing) and Unidentifiable Flying Objects (due in Fall 2017 from Schiffer.)
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