About the Book:
Tsayad is tasked with vanquishing demons for his clients in the sleepy town assigned to him. With his trusty blade and riotous shotgun, unclean spirits were no match for him- that is, until a greater darkness began to seep in. Tsayad soon finds that he is not strong enough on his own to drive off this force of evil.
For fans of B-horror movies with ridiculous violence and plenty of cheese.
1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?
I’m a married father of three beautiful daughters, seven, nine and eleven. My day job is engineering work in the fenestration industry. We live in beautiful Southern Oregon and enjoy being active and spending time with family.
I had a teacher in the third grade that really planted the writing seed in me. We’d have a time during the week where we’d write books. My friend and I had a whole series about jet fighter pilots. I think we spent more time drawing pictures in them than actually writing and it still amuses me how the number of exclamation points corresponded to how large an explosion was. Nevertheless, I continued writing all through school and ended up writing a novel for my senior project in high school.
2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?
I usually like to write at night when the house is quiet.
3: Where do your ideas come from?
My mind wanders sometimes and these thoughts just pop into my head. I like to people watch when I’m in a crowd and I think in observing people I get ideas. That’s the best I can describe it.
4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?
This is an interesting topic that I’ve talked with different writers about. I’ve tried both ways. On a previous novel, I tried writing an outline and then filling in all the scenes. It was almost like writing a screenplay and filling in the imagery. The problem was that I’d imagined the entire story in my mind and it didn’t end up on the paper. It made sense when I read it because it was in my mind, but others did not get it. For my latest work, I decided to start with a vague idea and just let it carry me as I went. I felt like this allowed the story to exist on the paper before it existed in my mind. In doing so, my hope is that the story will be more natural and translate to others.
5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?
I’ve had a lot of genres through the years, but I’ve settled on supernatural/horror – but I don’t take myself too seriously. I like humor in my writing, so it ends up being kind of like a B-movie with elements of horror but also funny dialogue.
Growing up, I was drawn to horror movies, especially the ‘80’s vintage. A lot of those movies were really cheesy, but I loved it. I’ve also had experiences in my life that I can draw from. I don’t think that what we can see of the world is all there is. I’ve had too many experiences that say otherwise.
6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?
My main character reminds me of Jayne from Firefly, so I think Adam Baldwin would make a good lead in my story. Danny Huston would be great for my head villain. The rest of the characters would have to be CGI apparitions.
7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?
I don’t get to read as much as I’d like due to work and family commitments, but usually I find time during the winter to read. Frank Peretti was a favorite growing up. John Sandford is pretty good. CS Lewis is always good. Steven King has some good stuff, although I haven’t enjoyed all his works. Steigg Larsson, I am in awe of how he wove the story in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Ken Follett is one that my mom has recently introduced me to.
8: What book/s are you reading at present?
I am currently reading Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy. It was recommended to me by a friend and it’s been a growing experience for me. He’s writing about a brutal time in American history and he has an extensive vocabulary. I think the hardest thing about reading it is that he doesn’t use quotation marks for dialogue, so it’s hard to tell when someone is speaking.
9: What is your favourite book and why?
The Visitation by Frank Peretti. I end up rereading this one every few years because I can relate to it so much. It has elements of the supernatural but also a man wrestling with his beliefs and how to reconcile them with what is happening in his town.
10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?
Write what you know. I don’t write police detective stories, even though I love reading them, because I’m not a cop. My characters can’t be authentic if they don’t act like a real officer would. I read how Ken Follett spent time learning about WW2 aircraft and even about the exact model he wanted to write about so that his descriptions were authentic. You may not have the luxury of researching like Mr. Follett, so write what you do know.
11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?
I have a page on Facebook for The Demon Hunter. I also have a WordPress blog for my writing: www.davidbelau.wordpress.com
I also have another blog covering automotive projects at www.dartslantsix.wordpress.com
About the Author:
I’m a 30ish year old, married father of three girls. I’m a mechanical engineer that is moonlighting as a writer. I love cars and working on them, specifically old Mopars. I like writing on a variety of subjects, so you never know what you’re going to get.