Waaaaeeee Emberlings! (That’s punjaabi for ‘Hey Emberlings.’) It’s been a long time–blame my characters. But I have returned for like 5 minutes to introduce this month’s Debut Autho: Dave Connis. His novel The Temptation of Adam was released on November 21st, 2017. You can check it out here.
Sabaa: You can transform into any animal at will—which one and why?
Dave: Otter, obvi. They hold hands and get to play in a river all day.
Good choice, good choice. What’s the best lie you’ve ever told?
Dave: I’ve never told a lie.
If you could punch one person on the planet with absolutely no repercussions, who would it be?
Dave: Alive: Donald Trump
Fictional: Delores Umbridge
Dead: Adam (like the first Adam. Like Adam and Eve.)
Ha ha, all of them have a lot to answer for. What’s the one thing you can’t write without? Meaning, you’d go to battle against an army of orcs if they tried to take this thing away from you?
Dave: My hands.
Very practical. Can you give the writers out there one line of writing advice?
Dave: Success isn’t a pie; it’s a spring. One persons success doesn’t subtract anything from yours. Also, don’t be a Slughorn.
Woooord. What’s your biggest fear going into your debut year?
Dave: Honesty time, that my book will just come out and no one will notice/no one will care.
You can only listen to one band for the rest of your life. Who is it?
Dave: Gregory Allen Isakov. I wouldn’t consider him my favorite band, but I love his music AND he has a lot of albums that are all really good. That way I’m not listening to the same CD over and over.
You must choose between possessing Sauron’s One Ring and the Elder Wand (hoping you’ve read LOTR and HP, here.) Which one do you choose and why?
Dave: Elder Wand. You can’t make a house clean itself up with a wave of the One Ring.
See, that’s my logic. Though you can control orcs and maybe they could clean up? Anyway. With only your wit and an oft-malfunctioning magic wand, you are forced into a death match with either Shelob, the enormous spider from Lord of the Rings, or Voldemort. Who do you choose?
Dave: Voldemort. I have the Elder Wand, so I’ll have just cleaned up my house, which, IMO, is just as hard as defeating Voldemort.
A question in honor of Adam Silvera and Becky Alberalli, YA writers extraordinaire: Golden Oreos or Classic?
Dave: I’ve never tried Golden Oreos so my vote is still up for grabs.
Describe your debut novel in one sentence:
Dave: A boy named Adam struggles with a porn addiction. He joins a group of peers, called The Knights of Vice, led by a teacher at his high school. As he’s forced to interact with others, the biggest question on his mind turns from, “what am I going to watch tonight” to “can I be an addict and truly love someone?” and in his quest to find an answer, Adam starts to learn what it means to love others in a broken world as a broken human.
Thank you Dave!
If you want to know more about Dave or his novel you can check him out on Twitter at @daveconnis or check out his website: www.daveconnis.com.