Life is in constant flux. Right now I am writing the final part of my Rebel’s Edge series, Over the Edge. I started on it right after finishing the second one last summer and, with work and other commitments, it has taken longer than I had originally planned. The important thing is that it is almost done and will mark an end to a period of my writing that started ten years ago with Where the Road Roams. My first wave of books on my own imprint, DS, was released in 2017. I am
Nostalgia entices with echoes of the past. Human nature has me always trying to recreate a lost feeling, mostly subconsciously. Traveling to a place, Santa Cruz, I have been before to find it changed by progress, going to a concert of a once epic band, Depeche Mode, to hear a cracked voice of an aging star, or seeing a new movie, Halloween, that hits a few familiar tropes and has a great score but is not actually scary like the original are all examples of what feeds nostalgi
Homaging real life in fiction happens on purpose and subconsciously. In Rebel’s Edge everything is based on true events. The fiction comes into play only in the timing and some characters being constructs of multiples — basically paving the way things play out to serve the forward narrative. In Rebel’s Edge, I present the character of my mother in the way I viewed her from my past teenage self. It is a difficult mindset as, at that time, consequences were not taken into accou
One of the most important aspects of becoming a better writer is reading vast and wide. Reading informs of how the craft works. The fundamental goal of a writer is to tell stories — to intrigue the reader enough to follow the characters on their journeys of discovery. The basic tools of shaping the protagonist and antagonist through conflict come to play, as does the structure in acts. Each act can be dissected in chapters, which can be pared down into smaller sections — I us
Change is always happening — there is no stopping the onslaught of time. I find it best to embrace it. Writing sometimes leaves me with a foot in two worlds — the present and the realm I am writing about. In the case of Rebel’s Edge, one foot is in the past, over thirty years ago. Working on a project based on true events is complicated. Memory is malleable and sometimes unreliable. A way to compensate the work is to be true to the characters without judgement that comes with
Writing is important to me — a form of catharsis — an outlet to my strange imagination. Taking back control of my work under my own imprint, DS, I have tried certain things and have learned some lessons. First, I feel it is important to start off small which is why I have chosen to be exclusively at Amazon for now. When I was with a small publisher, a lot of my e-book stories were pirated from different sites. Disreputable resellers would re-list paperbacks using quotations i
Here is a Q&A I did perchance it would be picked up for an UK site with a great title, The Ginger Nuts of Horror. Since I am an unknown quantum in the horror world, I have decided to publish it here. David Sharp is a writer of creative fiction. A dreamer, he grew up identifying with the outsider from his teenage punk years on. His stories are filled with characters on the fringe of society, from troubled youth and thrill seekers to hardened gunslingers and mysterious loners.