20 questions and a selfie: A day in the life of D.V. Bennett, sci-fi writer, woodcarver and martial artist

For this installment of “20 Questions and a Selfie,” we catch up with D.V. Bennett, writer, woodcarver and martial artist.

Bennett’s interest in writing—like many of his peers—grew out of his early love for reading. As far back as he can remember, he loved reading. Before he knew how to read for himself, he loved being read to.

“The very first ‘real’ book that I ever read was a 1957 children’s novel penned by Edward Ormondroyd. The title was, David and the Phoenix. I loved the book. It made me cry, and it was my first introduction to literary fantasy, in the sense of things imagined and put to paper. …

“After reading about David and his adventures with the Phoenix, the gloves were off. I decided to try my own hand at the creative act of will called writing, and I discovered that I enjoyed it very much.”

You can connect with Bennett on Twitter @DVBennett and on his website, DVBennett.com.

Our 20 questions with D.V. start now:

1) What is your full name (middle name optional)?

David Bennett

2) What is your professional job title?


3) Describe your organization.

I currently work in an equipment rental company, for short and long term.

4) Describe your surroundings right now.

Research notes, books, dog, computer…the ubiquitous cup of black coffee.

5) What was your first paid writing gig?

Writing contracts and invoices, which had to be accurate and mind-numbingly boring.

6) What was the last thing you wrote?

I completed a mystery/thriller short story of about 4500 words just this evening.

7) What is the next thing you plan to write?

I’m currently taking a novel through its seventh and final draft. It’s a blend of mystery and science fiction, a neglected genre hybrid IMO.

8) Finish this sentence: The ideal way to start my day is …

to have adequate time to get the cerebral juices flowing, as I’m a night person :)

9) Besides your computer, what is sitting on your desk right now?

A camera, office items (stapler, etc.) knick knacks, mementos and in a holder, some pencils which I almost never use anymore.

10) So-called writer’s block is no match for you! What is your antidote?

I’ve never really suffered from the malady. I suppose the cure though, would simply be time away from that particular project.

11) Finish this sentence: I hate it when I read …

pretentious attitudes in literary work, because it usually means I’ve wasted my money.

12) What are the most important tools, programs and systems you use for your work?

A simple Word program and online dictionary. Outside of internet resources, research, I can find what I need by interviewing experts.

13) First book that comes to mind? Go!

The Monkey’s Raincoat, by Robert Crais

14) What are your favorite smartphone apps and why?

Different social media apps, because I have writer friends that I talk with and run things by. I’ve learned a lot through their generosity.

15) What have you always wanted to write?

I’ve always loved sci-fi & mystery/thriller stories. I love reading other things as well but those are where the writing passion emerges.

16) What is your advice for aspiring professional writers?

Do not give up.

17) First famous writer who comes to mind? Go!

Mark Twain

18) Finish this sentence: My favorite thing about being a writer is …

letting my imagination run free.

19) Pencil versus pen—who wins and why?

Pencil. Eraser, naturally.

20) Finish this sentence: One word or phrase people will never read in my writing is …

“a dark and stormy night.”

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