In episode 180 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester chats with author David Boop live from MileHiCon in Denver.
Dave says he’s a binge writer, which means he writes until he pukes, but is getting into healthier habits. In 1995, he was diagnosed with ADD which gives him medical reasons to hate the revision process, but is working through it thanks to word processors. He started writing in high school, but couldn’t handle typewriters, so he switched to writing commercials because they were shorter. His first paid fiction writing was three one-act gun fights he sold to a costume company he worked for. As “Bad Breath Bart,” he delighted children at a steakhouse family night right before getting shot (twice on Sunday.)
He wrote a web comic before web comics were in fashion. He created a knock off of Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote called “Stoney and Utah” about a Gastonia Burgi and Utah Raptor. He also co-created a comic called “Fu Rock – Whoop Ass for Hire” with Eric Rangle. Eric went on to direct Dave’s first screenplay “The Gaunt Man” based on his short story, “Gaunt.” Film critic Reggie McDaniel gave it a great review. Dave’s fiction took off with a third place win in the Opus Imagico Writer’s Contest. Judged by NYT Bestselling Michael Stackpole (who would later blurb Dave’s first novel), Mike suggested Dave form a writer’s group with the other winners. He ran the group for three years, taking 2nd in another Opus contest. He would go on to be published in “Tales of the Talisman” magazine and “SF Trails,” amongst others. To date he has published over a dozen stories.
Hoping to move his writing further along, he went back to college. Dave has two degrees already; one in Broadcasting and Commercial Production from Madison Media Institute (formerly TransAmerican School of Broadcasting) and one in Electronics from Intellitec (formerly Technical Trades Institute). It’s apropos that a mystery writer would want to go in for the third degree, and so he has started. He spent three years part time at Arapahoe Community College studying English and plans to move on to another school this spring. His goal is an English Degree before age fifty.
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