Welcome, Louisville author, Dave Creek to LouisvilleKY.com’s local author spotlight.
Welcome! Tell us about your latest project (your most recently available book).
My most recent book is SOME DISTANT SHORE, my first novel. It’s an expansion of a novella first published in ANALOG SCIENCE FICTION five years ago. It features my series character Mike Christopher, who is an artificial human aboard the starship Asaph Hall. His ship is on a mission along with two other, alien, ships to witness and record the collision of two star systems. But there are political and potential military ramifications to the mission, especially when a fourth ship filled with aliens forces its way onto the mission. It’s an old-fashioned “space opera,” with lots of action and sense-of-wonder, but which also features more character development than such stories often do.
Sounds very Star-Trekky (a good thing in my book!) Would area readers know you outside of your books?
The only thing they might know me for is the video documentary WINDS OF DESTRUCTION, which I released on the 20th anniversary of the 1974 tornadoes that struck the area. It was available at Hawley-Cooke for some years, but with its demise I haven’t had a good venue to sell it in. One of these days I’ll have to get it up on Amazon.
Please let us know when you do! Be happy to share with our readers. Who are your favorite writers from the Louisville/Southern Indiana area?
I worked alongside Barry Bernson when he was at WDRB and really enjoyed his recent book and hope he does more. Casting a wider net and delving into fiction, I’m especially fond of Bobby Ann Mason and Silas House.
Oh, we are huge Barry Bernson fans in this house. Tell us about your favorite bookstores/coffee shops/writing haunts. What makes them special?
Bookstores? What are those? You can find me every once in awhile at A Reader’s Corner on Frankfort Avenue, but mostly I buy online, from Amazon or individual publishers’ sites. I mostly get e-books, because my iPad is awesome and I’m running out of room for physical books.
I write at home in the basement, away from as much extraneous noise as possible. Usually I listen to movie soundtracks as I write, because anything with a backbeat or lyrics is too distracting. Jerry Goldsmith, Hans Zimmer, and Thomas Newman are favorites there.
Such an awesome resource, soundtracks! What’s next on the writing slate, for you?
I just finished another novel, CHANDA’S AWAKENING, which features another series character of mine. If Mike Christopher is constantly going on jaunts throughout his corner of the galaxy, exploring new worlds and all that, Chanda mostly stays rooted on the planet Splendor, which will be destroyed in a few decades by the gas nebula of a nearby star that exploded. She gets off-world in part of this story, but saving the inhabitants of Splendor, which has three distinct intelligent races on it, is still her focus. I’m hoping to submit it as a serial for ANALOG, then to a book publisher. So you won’t be seeing it for a year or so.
Sounds really intriguing! Want to know more about Dave Creek’s work? Check his site! http://www.davecreek.net
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