Friday, March 2, 2012

Meet the Here Be Magic Authors - David Bridger

Posted by: Veronica Scott

We're starting a new feature at Here Be Magic - periodic interviews with the Authors who create the magic. Our first interviewee is David Bridger, whose most recent book is Quarter Square (Wild Times Book 1)
Tell us a little about yourself:
I settled with my family and our two monstrous hounds in England's West Country after twenty years of ocean-based fun, during which I worked as a lifeguard, a sailor, an intelligence gatherer and an investigator. I write science fiction and fantasy novels, and my favourite way of doing nothing is a quiet afternoon sailing on the River Tamar while stormy characters stomp through my mind.
What prompted you to start writing?
I joined the Royal Navy straight from school and always knew I'd learn how to write novels when I retired from the sea. That happened earlier than I expected when I was badly hurt in my thirties, but faced with the prospect of spending a chunk of time recovering movement then mobility I saw no reason to change the plan. So while I was getting back on my feet over the next twelve years I also served an apprenticeship as a novelist.
What’s your writing process? Where do you write?
I'm self-disciplined and can be quite driven. I like to set goals and work to a deadline. I take the time to write a good first draft, which means it isn't a quick process but once I finish I know I won't be faced with an enormous editing task. I still work hard on the editing and polishing, but on the single occasion when I experimented with fast-drafting a novel the huge editing job it required afterwards made me feel like I was writing the thing twice. So there'll be no more of that. I can think about a story for weeks before sitting down to write it. I live with the characters and their situations inside my head until the story demands I write it. Then I sit at my Mac, in my study with only the waterfall in my aquarium disturbing the silence, and I get to work.
How do you celebrate when you finish a novel?
I often reward myself with a new dvd box set and watch it intensely over a few days. So far I've celebrated that way with Firefly, Deadwood, The Godfather, Smiley's People, the Star Trek movies and Twin Peaks series 1 & 2.
Do you do a lot of research for your books?
Yes. I've learned to do it more efficiently these days. When I started I immersed myself in research for months on end before writing the story, and although I enjoyed it immensely much of it proved unnecessary. Now I pause to research what I need when I need it.
Favorite Movie: Blade Runner
Favorite Flower: Tulip
Tea or coffee: Coffee
Boxers or Briefs: Boxers
Favorite time of the year: Summer
Favorite song: Carly Simon's Coming Around Again/Itsy Bitsy Spider at Martha's Vineyard in 1987

Finish this sentence: “I believe in the Magic of .... every kind of Love”
What are you working on next?
Wild Times Books 2 & 3 and a co-authored cyberpunk crime thriller
Where can your Readers find you online?
Buy Link for Quarter Square:
What one question do you want to ask your Readers today?
If you could either do something great for the world or have a great love in your life, which would you choose, and why?


  1. Great interview! David, you've led such an interesting life. Can't wait to read more of your stories. :)

  2. Thank you, Carolyn! Quarter Square's sequel is in the pipeline. :)

  3. Wonderful interview David I love that you reward yourself after finishing a novel and I particularly enjoyed the way you ended the 'I believe in the magic...' sentence. I think I'm going to reward myself this weekend with Quarter Square! :)

  4. Thank you, Sonya! I hope you enjoy Quarter Square. :)

  5. David, it was nice to finally see a picture after getting to know you on line. I think writing is a wonderful retirement plan, and will be looking forward to the sequel!

  6. Okay so I'm gonna answer the question. Tough choice, and I know I should say do something great for the world, but I'd rather have a great love in my life. A great love, whether it be a person or profession or whatever, just makes every day worth living. Love is all you need, right?

  7. Janni, I like David's question, too. Makes me wonder...can you inadvertently do something great for the world, or does "greatness" come out of pursuing what you love?

  8. Hi, Janni and Jenny. I think living with a great love in one's life can do something great for the world.

  9. Nice interview! I think I'm jaded. Since I haven't had a great love thus far and therefore don't know what I'm missing, I'll settle with doing something great for the world.


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