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Aren’t you dead?

To paraphrase Mark Twain on the premature publication of his obituary: The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated. I have noticed that some online author/publication directories (yes, I’m talking about you, The Supernatural Index) list the dates 1944-1990 in parentheses after my name. For some reason the folks who compiled those directories confused me with another David Kubicek; I don’t know if that fellow had any connection to the writing/publishing industry, but I am not him.

Why did you become a writer?

I liked stories. I liked to read them. I liked to listen to them. I liked to watch them on TV and in movie theaters. I liked to watch them with live actors performing them on stage. I guess it was inevitable that I should try to write them.

When did you write your first story?

When I was 10 years old. I can still remember what it was about, and it causes me great pain whenever I think about it. Fortunately, it has been consigned to some long forgotten landfill.

When did you write your first novel?

When I was 23. Carson McCullers wrote The Heart is a Lonely Hunter when she was younger, and it turned out to be a masterpiece. My novel was on the opposite end of the spectrum. It was so bad that the garbage man refused to haul it away. He gave me the number for the hazardous waste unit. Well, the last two sentences are complete lies, but basically a fiction writer is a professional liar, and my point is that anyone who reads my first novel all the way through might run the risk of permanent brain damage. Fortunately, that manuscript disappeared over the course of several moves and may be buried in some landfill where its toxins are still seeping into the groundwater to this day.

Which writers influenced you the most?

Ray Bradbury was the seed from which my writing grew. I read The Martian Chronicles, then quickly devoured everything I could find that this amazing author had written. Ernest Hemingway and John Steinbeck also were strong influences. I also learned a lot from Stephen King, especially about writing novels.

What are you working on now?

A young adult dystopian novel (working title: Empath) that is loosely–very loosely–based on my novella “A Friend of the Family.” It is the first volume in a planned trilogy. Simultaneously, I’m working on Seeking Shelter, the sequel to In Human Form (and the second book in a planned trilogy), which–barring a nuclear holocaust or some other unforeseen disaster–will be released in early fall 2019.

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