Continuing my interviews with authors of all types and genres, this is the interview with David Wilma. I met David through the podcast, and Twitter, and when he sent me a contact form telling me about his work, I agreed, very excitedly. This is a fun and informative interview that you will LOVE!
David Wilma is a writer and historian in the Pacific Northwest with seven books, the script for a video documentary, and hundreds of encyclopedia essays to his credit. In prior careers he was a federal law enforcement officer, a policeman, and a volunteer advocate in court for foster children. He splits his time between a home in the city and one on an island where he has a wood shop and an amateur radio station.
- David tells us about himself and his writing life, including how he left his day job in the federal government and started writing full time
- Insider details about his book, Down the River which is based on actual events
- Information about writing history and how much research is needed
- We learn why David decided to write from the first person perspective of an illiterate slave and who this storyteller is
- What he tried to accomplish in the dialect of his subjects
- How he felt as he wrote through scenes of brutality and terror
- We discuss who he used to be when he was in law enforcement and how it has affected his writing
- How he believes racism has always been a part of our society and the undercurrent that is beneath everything having to do with slaveholders
- We discuss the followup book to Down the River called The Guardian, and how it is based on events surrounding the Underground Railroad
- David tells me what he thinks the most difficult part of being a writer is today
- He gives his best advice for an aspiring author
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