David Tallerman is the author of numerous short stories, as well as comic scripts, poems, reviews and articles. David’s work ranges from gruesome horror to comic fantasy, from political science-fiction to tales about mechanically assisted grizzly bears battling Nazi dolphins on the moon. His first novel, Giant Thief, was recently published by Angry Robot.
It’s not always easy to know what genre you want to write in.
Or not for me anyway. I’ll read just about anything, with maybe the exception of Cowboy Romance, and if I like it, it tends to spark ideas, which don’t always arrive in any neat order. I’m more than happy to think of myself as a genre writer. But which genre — and where it ends and all those others begin — are questions to which I’m less and less sure of the answers.
So it went with what would wind up being my debut novel, Giant Thief. I set out with the clear intention of writing Fantasy, but I’d hardly started before another genre started trying to elbow its way in. In fact, there were days when I wasn’t sure if I didn’t have it all backwards. Was it possible I was really writing a Crime novel with Fantasy thrown in and not the other way round?