Daniel Peyton is an up and coming author with Cosby Media Productions. Currently CMP is publishing his trilogy, Legacy of Dragonwand with book one released on February 16th (2016). Look for more work from Daniel Peyton in the future or check out his previous publications.
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Typically, three months goes into the actual writing. Then around three months goes into my first major stage of editing. After that, the time all depends on the others who I get to edit and work with the book. Two years usually rounds out the whole process.
The editing process. I never really understood the depth and breadth of editing until I jumped feet first into publishing. Outside of the true publishing world, I assumed that authors had one editor, and together they created a polished book. Boy was I wrong. But, what I have learned is how that these many layers of editing turns a manuscript into a novel. It takes time, but that time is well spent.
Sitting in front of a computer and typing like the wind. Some times I plan scenes and characters and even some of the plot. However, normally I take my notes and then start writing. The story grabs me and drags me along for the journey. Normally, all the notes I wrote beforehand are merely suggestions to the actual writing time.
Names are of great importance to me. Some names are of real people who I know and craft a character around, so there is a tiny ounce of reality behind this fictional character. Some names are designed to harbor foreshadow to the characters origins, thinking, plans, or ultimate defeat. Some names are pulled out of the air because they sound awesome. Typically the names that are used that simply sound cool are for places, ships, planets, that sort of stuff.
Battle. I want to paint a clear picture of the whole scene, but so much is going on simultaneously that it can get bogged down in details. I do the most chopping and editing around my battle scenes than anything else. I want the reader to feel that they are in the throes of combat, but not weigh the story down with ponderous detail.
I have a whole blacklog of stories that I haven’t published. Some I doubt will ever be published because they are written within the universe of an established canon. I have Star Trek novels that I wrote just for the fun and exercise. I also have works that are currently in the editing and polishing stages that I plan on getting published. A few already have contracts on them with my publisher, some are being prepped for submission.
At this very moment, no. I don’t have any work that is in progress. However, that will change very soon. I am using the month of October to get some editing work done, plan work on other needed projects, and get ready for a large bookshow in Nashville. November will arrive and that’s when NaNoWriMo starts.
What secret talents do you have?
I am a professional dancer in Okinawan classic and modern styles. I am a 28 year veteran embroiderer trained in many various styles. I play the violin, Shami-Sen, Alto Recorder, and Irish Flute. And I am a distinguished member of the Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity. So, yes, a few. However, I don’t keep many of my talents that secret.
Could you tell us a bit about your most recent book and why it is a must-read?
Legacy of Dragonwand book 1 is my most recent publication. Book 2 is due out soon. The book is a YA high fantasy adventure. If you liked books like Eragon or Harry Potter. If you enjoyed watching The Hobbit series, or Lord of the Rings, or even Game of Thrones. You have a wetting appetite for fantasy, and here is another course to keep you going. This book is especially good if you have teens who love fantasy, but you don’t want them reading anything as risqué as Game of Thrones.
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