Western Wednesdays—Interview with David Thompson + Giveaway!

I hope everyone enjoyed last week’s sneak peek at David Thompson’s latest Wilderness adventure. Now that the long-awaited Garden of Eden has arrived, the question on everyone’s mind seems to be what’s next?

Today, we weclome David Thompson to the Dorchester Community Blog. David has made himself readily available to his fans over the years, as he enjoys interacting with his readership. To celebrate this latest release, we’ve interviewed David, asking him about everything from where he gets his inspiration to what he’s got up his sleeve next.

David will be checking in with the blog today, so feel free to ask your own questions of the man in the comment thread. You could win a copy of the Wilderness Double Edition #65/66!

Happy Reading,
Allison Carroll
Editorial and Web Coordinator

 

In one sentence, how would you summarize the Wilderness series?

As has been often stated, WILDERNESS is the generational saga of a Mountain Man and his family. 

Who would most enjoy reading the Wilderness series?

Anyone who enjoys good storytelling. Anyone who likes to be emotionally invested in people they read about. Anyone who has ever had a father, mother, sister or brother. Anyone who likes adventure, romance and humor.

Who would play Nate King and Shakespeare McNair in a film adaptation of any/all of their adventures?

Richard Harris would have made a great Shakespeare but unfortunately he’s passed on. Brad Pitt would make a fine Nate. And how about Robert Redford for Shakespeare?

Who has been your favorite villain to write in the series?

There have been so many. My favorite, perhaps, is Scar. I was treed by a grizzly once and it left an indelible impression.

Who would you claim as your most influential literary role model?

To claim just one would not do the many justice. Here’s a short list of the most influential: Edgar Rice Burroughs (see the piece the Pulp Rack did at my blog; they nailed it.) Hemingway, Wells, Robert E. Howard, Conan Doyle, Zelanzy, Lester Dent, Heinlein, Owen Wister, Treece, Cormac McCarthy. I could go on and on. 

In a previous blog interview (at westernfictionreview.blogspot.com), you mentioned how the Wilderness series can be categorized as “female-friendly.” What aspects of the series, and perhaps more specifically with Garden of Eden, do you find appeals to your female audience?

I started WILDERNESS with the goal of making it accessible to female readers. Permit an elaboration. A lot of books in the Western genre—and by extension the subgenre of the Mountain Man era—are more ‘male oriented.’ This has been changing in recent years but there is still a tendency to focus on male characters and male-driven action. Not WILDERNESS. As any reader of the series will attest, the female leads—Winona, Evelyn, Blue Water Woman, and others—are as strong and as true and real as the men. They get involved in just as many adventures. As some of those who visit the fan sites are aware, my dad was shot when I was young. Subsequently, two women played major roles in my development. Both were strong, independent ladies. A lot of their traits are evident in the ladies of WILDERNESS.

You seem to have quite the successful blog! What inspired you to begin writing informally like that? Is it fun to be able to connect with your fanbase on such a personal level?

Social media have been a boon in enhancing the author/fan dynamic. My blog is up to about two thousand hits a month, and growing. The fan sites at Yahoo Groups and elsewhere have hundreds of members. And yes, it’s great fun. Join the Asylum and see for yourself. I look at it this way. If someone is willing to fork out their hard-earned money and invest some of their hard-pressed time to read my stuff, then yes, I very much like to hear what they have to say. After all, it’s their interest that in part inspires my Muse into writing stories they will like. I’m always grateful for their input. And as the president of my fan club will confirm, they seem to like interacting with a lunatic. (That would be me, not her: )

You have lived in some of the most beautiful and fascinating places in the world. What would you say are your top two (maybe even three) favorites?

Oh, Lordy. I’ve lived in so many places. Each is unique unto itself. Overseas, I especially enjoyed Turkey. Greece and Germany are close seconds. Stateside—and this has to do with personal experiences more than anything—PA, Montana and Colorado are high on the list. 

Would you say that your varied (and impressive!) professions in life have influenced your writing?

Yes. Once, years ago, I tallied them up and was considerably surprised to discover I had worked at so many. Each was a facet of the human experience, and as such, contributed to my ‘philosophical prism,’ if you will, of life itself.

If you could describe how you feel about your widely successful Wilderness series in one word, what would that word be?

Love. I ‘love’ writing the series; I ‘love’ that so many others love it; it truly fits the stereotype of a ‘labor of love.’

What’s next?

More WILDERNESS. And lots and lots of other stuff.

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31 Responses to Western Wednesdays—Interview with David Thompson + Giveaway!

  1. Ron Breznay says:

    I haven’t read any westerns yet, but your series sounds fascinating. Would I have to start with #1 to follow the series, or could I jump in at any point?

    • DLR says:

      Ron,
      You can jump on at any point. Each story is self-contained. If you like what you read,
      you can get the earlier books to catch up.
      🙂
      David

  2. Vicki Covington says:

    I am probibly the biggest fan of The Wilderness series. Downloading #66 toy Kindle today and am already waiting for #67. Thank you Mr. Thompson for many hours of great reading.

    • DLR says:

      Vicki,
      Thank you for your kind comments.
      🙂
      David

    • Allison Carroll, Editorial and Web Coordinator says:

      Hi Vicki,
      Congratulations, you’ve been selected as the winner of the Wilderness Double Edition 65/66 giveaway!
      Email your shipping address to contests@dorchesterpub.com and I’ll get your prize in the mail. Thanks for being a voice on the blog.
      Happy Reading,
      Allison Carroll
      Dorchester Publishing

  3. I love westerns of all sorts, and yours looks very interesting to me! Do you have a favorite author, or more then one, that you are influenced by?

    • DLR says:

      Teresa,
      I have been an avid reader since forever. There are a lot of authors I ‘really’ like.
      As for Westerns, I started with Wister and Grey when I was very young and now have hundreds by many authors, including contemporary Western writers.
      But if I was to pick just one Western above all the rest, for sentimental reasons I would choose THE U.P. TRAIL by Zane Grey. Outstanding story. Terrific characters, a great romance, and ‘the’ best gunfight in all of Western literature.
      🙂
      David

  4. LINDA B says:

    HI DAVID! ALTHOUGH I NEVER HEARD OF YOU BECAUSE I’M PARALYZED AND DON’T GET OUT MUCH, BUT I’D LOVE TO READ YOUR BOOK!

    I RECEIVED AND URGENT PLEA FROM OUR AFGHANISTAN TROOPS PLEADING FOR BOOKS. WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO DONATE? I CAN FORWARD YOU THE LETTER OF THE SITE THAT IS COLLECTING.

    lindarb49@hotmail.com

    • Allison Carroll, Editorial and Web Coordinator says:

      Hi Linda B,
      If you’d like to send me the information for the charity that is collecting donations, I will see what I can put together from Dorchester.
      Email me at editorial@dorchesterpub.com.
      Best,
      Allison Carroll
      Editorial and Web Coordinator
      Dorchester Publishing

      • LINDA B says:

        OH GOD LOVE YA ALISON! THEY ASK FOR SO LITTLE AND IF BOOKS CAN GET THEM THROUGH THE TERRORS THEN I’LL RAISE MY DISABLED AND PARALYZED BODY FOR THEM. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH AND I’LL FORWARD THE LETTER!

  5. Carolyn Venditti says:

    My husband began readinbg your series several years back, after his first stroke. He eagerly looks forward to each new book and has me call or e-mail local stores to see if it’s in yet; he even has me check with Dorchester to get the next release date! I’m so happy that reading was (for him) a new source of pleasure and that he has remained so avid after all these years. Friends and family have offered books, but he always says, “No thanks, I’m waiting for the next Wilderness book.”

    • DLR says:

      Carolyn,
      Please thank your husband for me.
      I am very glad they entertain him. Readers like him
      are the reason I write.
      🙂
      David

  6. Estella says:

    Hi David,
    You are a new to me author. I don’t read many westerns, but your series sounds great.

    • DLR says:

      Estella,
      Thank you.
      WILDERNESS isn’t a traditional Western, per se. Ever read or see LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE? You might think of WILDERNESS as a LITTLE CABIN IN THE MOUNTAINS, with lots of action, suspense, humor and romance.
      🙂
      David

  7. John Burton says:

    Hi David,

    What was your inspiration for “Nate King”, and the wilderness series?

    • DLR says:

      John,
      There were various inspirations. A love of Cooper when I was young. Keen admiration for Crockett, Boone, etc. Plus I have spent a lot of time in the wilds. As for Nate, after reading every journal, diary, what-have-you ever written by real trappers and Mountain Men of the era, it became apparent a lot of them weren’t the rowdy drunken louts they are often portrayed as being. I wanted to write a real and true character who is deeply in love with his wife and devoted to his family. At the same time I gave the stories a Pulp feel so that those who like excitement and action will enjoy the read.
      🙂
      David

  8. Carol & Dan Olufsen says:

    Thank you thank you thank for your Wilderness Series!!!! My husband was never a reader and since his injury, it has given him a chance to transport himself into the time and story you are telling. It is a wonderfully unique way to present what seems like a historical description of life in the wilderness. Again, thank you, we look forward to the continuing stories of Nate and the rest of the gang!

  9. In addition to Mr. Robbins’ fantastic other books, the WILDERNESS series is just plain great–one of the most riveting I’ve read. And the author maintains a high level of quality, suspense, and action from book to book. I hope it continues for many years!

  10. Michael says:

    David,

    I’m always amazed by your prolificness! Do you write and complete each book in turn, or do you work on more than one at once? And do you ever get confused and find grizzly bears wandering into Endworld?

    • DLR says:

      Michael,
      Let’s see. I’ve had 10 to 18 books a year published for, what, thirty years? Does that qualify as prolific? Yes, I sometimes work on two or three or four at once. And yes, there was a mutated griz in the first EW.
      🙂
      David

  11. John Channing says:

    The “WILDERNESS” series is probably my favourite ever Western series and I’ve read a lot of series with a Wild West theme, great plots and characters, superb action scenes, fantastic dialogue and lots of humour as well. I hope the books will continue to be published in the UK in paperback form?

    John 🙂

  12. LINDA B says:

    GOOD FORTUNE DAVID WITH YOUR BOOKS!!

  13. HANNAH WOLFSON, MARKETING AND PROMOTIONS COORDINATOR says:

    Hi readers–David Thompson has answers to all your questions, but first we need to sort out a few technical difficulties with his WordPress. Expect replies soon!

    • DLR says:

      Hannah,
      It was my computer. I finally had to use the significant other’s.
      Fiend that she is, she demanded I make one of my famous
      vanilla turnip mochas for her, in order to use it.
      🙂
      David

  14. DLR says:

    Hey,
    I would like to thank everyone who took the time to leave a comment.
    You are welcome to check out my blog or visit the Asylum.
    Be forewarned; we laugh a lot.
    🙂
    David

  15. LINDA B says:

    GREAT DAVID! I SURE COULD USE A LAUGH!

  16. richard bennett says:

    i love all of davids writing..wilderness is awesome and so is endworld and blade. i wish david would write more endworld books–pick up where the spartan run left off—–richard bennett—100 percent disabled combat vet—-fitzgerald,ga——david is my very favorite author

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