Interview #65, with the author of “The Ghosts of Nagasaki”: Daniel Clausen!
Describe yourself in 5 words:
Hopelessly romantic coffee drinker.
Share a short excerpt and blurb of your work (10-100 words):
This is the first paragraph from my upcoming novel, The Ghosts of Nagasaki:
The long backward perspective one gets from the angle of a word
processor some years later is a tricky one. As a connoisseur of
biography and autobiography I know that there is nothing less reliable than someone writing about his or her own past from his or her own perspective. And for the general welfare of those who look for the bare facts of the matter, I am obliged to stamp on the very first page, in the very first paragraph, in bold italics: All fact-seekers beware.
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* If you would like a free paperback or PDF version of the excerpt
“Silence” from this book, you can email Daniel at: email@example.com
Share an excerpt of your favorite author’s work (10-100 words):
Not my favorite book, but one of my favorite authors, Haruki Murakami.
I actually don’t have any copies of my favorite books, as strange as that sounds. Here is something from Kafka by the Shore.
The massive bank of thunderclouds crossed the city at a lethargic
pace, letting loose a flurry of lightning bolts as if probing every
nook and cranny for a long-lost morality, finally dwindling to a
faint, angry echo from the eastern sky.
Comment on the writing versus publication process, in your experience:
That’s tough. A great deal of books on book marketing will tell you to begin your writing process with a target audience in mind.
This is counter-intuitive for most writers since most writing comes
from a desire to communicate something deeply personal. In other words, most authors start their books thinking about themselves, not their audience.
Even if you do decide to write something deeply personal, make sure
you get a good editor. Make sure you have an advertising
strategy that is practical and coherent. Make sure your book is the
best physical product you can have. And hopefully, the germ of your
inspiration to write will survive this process…there are no
What is your definition of “good writing”?
I’m not sure what good writing is, but good fiction should aspire to
be more truthful than real life. Good fiction can reach for honesties
not captured by the world most people know.
Please share your #1 tip for writers:
There’s no pot of gold, just the joy of doing good work. Doing good
work is difficult, so when you do it, it’s very rewarding.
Ah, diligence :) Your websites/blogs/etc:
I just started the website, so please join the emailing list. If
you’re not sure how, just email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Much thanks to Daniel for stopping by — do visit his website for more info about his project!