Member Spotlight: David Sharp

1. Tell us about your most recent project (written or published). What inspired it?

The Trouble with Furries started off as a project about the 1990’s club scene. The original idea was more of Studio 54 tale of getting lost in the chaos of the time and place. In 2006, I met a furry by chance, in the desert of Phoenix, while working an event security gig. I commented on his fox tail. He was cagey at first, then eventually opened up about what it meant. I learned through our talks about a subculture, while he learned that I was a writer and encouraged me to write about furries. At that time I did not know how to approach the subject since I was an outsider. Flash forward to 2013, and the idea of combining the two projects struck me as an unique option to tell the story. The final book is a dark cautionary tale of the woes of excess and a metaphor for the beast within.

2. What’s your writing process like? Are you a “pantser,” an outliner, or something in between?

I am probably a little in between the total structure of outlines and the dive in philosophy of the pantser. I see a story come together in my head as if I were watching a film unfold. Outlines are guideposts and sometimes change as the story takes on a life of its own. Once on a roll, the process seems to speed up to its conclusion.

3. What’s your favorite kind of story to write?

My favorite kind of story is a journey where the character must travel somewhere on the road and experience strange things on the way to his destiny.

4. Which character from your work do you most identify with, and why?

The one character I identify with most is Lane Bowden from my unpublished manuscript of The Journey of Lane Bowden. The story is set in 1973 with a true crime backdrop. I put a lot of my own mother’s passing into his fictional world as his mom, Ellen, died of cancer.

5. Which authors or books have most influenced your work?

Clive Barker has inspired me not only in fantasy, but as being a role model as a gay author. I also grew up on Stephen King. He is a master of believable characters.

6. What’s the last book you read that you really loved?

I recently finished A Dance with Dragons and am enduring the long wait for The Winds of Winter. George R.R. Martin has created an amazing world from the well-defined characters and geography of the lands to the politics and religions of the realms.

7. Besides writing, how do you like to spend your free time?

I love film, particularly horror films and still have my collection of Fangoria magazines from my youth. I go to the gym regularly. Most importantly, I like to spend time with my partner, Bo.

8. Advice for other writers?

Never give up on your dream. Always write it out no matter what. A little writing a day gets you closer, so do not be overwhelmed.

9. Where can readers find your work?

My books are available at, Apple Ibookstores, Barnes & Noble, Kobo ebooks, and other fine retailers.

10. What’s your favorite thing about the furry fandom?

Furry fandom gives an outlet for individuality and freedom to try on a new persona. My favorite part is the creativity.

Check out David Sharp’s member bio here!

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