Fast 5 Friday: David Estes Giveaway

He shares his name with a Homeland character. He's a writer with OCD, a love of dancing and singing (but only when no one is looking or listening), a mad-skilled ping-pong player, and prefers writing at the swimming pool to writing at a table.
He is David Estes and he's this week's Fast Five Friday.
He pledged when he started writing to always respond to readers, and love getting comments and questions, so please contact him using one of his favorite social networking sites below. As always, happy reading!

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As you're a bit of travel junkie, which destination has given you the most inspiration when writing and why?

Ha! Travel junkie! That’s putting it lightly. My wife, Adele, and I have been travelling for 13 months now, while I write and she writes and takes photographs. We love seeing the world and all the different places we see and people we meet undoubtedly provide me with crazy-huge amounts of inspiration! Hmm, I’d say Mexico or Morocco were the most inspirational. We spent four months in Mexico and five weeks in Morocco, and saw many unique and remarkable people and places. I think they were so inspirational because they were so different than the places I’ve lived in. At every turn there was something I’d never seen before, camels and underground rivers and sandstorms and on and on, and I could see them coming to life on the pages of my books. A few new book / series ideas were spawned and the ones I was working on benefitted from the uniqueness of my surroundings. This trip has truly been an awesome experience and I hate to see it end in 2014.

You love to dance and sing (not surprising since you remind me a little of Chris Martin from Coldplay), so what would be your ultimate karaoke song, and would we need ear plugs to witness that event?

Double ha! Adele and I watch lots of dancing and singing shows and we love hosting our own dance parties (just the two of us), that typically include lots of singing. I love love love music and sing quite often, but I’m not sure if I’d ever be able to pick just one song! Maybe something by Weezer, like 'Say it Ain’t So' or 'Surf Wax America', or perhaps Red Hot Chili Peppers' 'Under the Bridge'. Something from the 90s alternative rock era, when being a teenager was the ultimate freedom.

As for the earplugs, it would generally depend on the note haha! I’m not the best singer, but not the worst either, so if I’m singing a part of the song that’s in my very-narrow range, it might sound alright. But if I’m trying to hit an impossibly high falsetto note, you might want to stick your fingers in your ears!

Your lovely wife Adele shares the same name as your female heroine in your awesome Dwellers series. Are there any similarities between the two?

Funny you ask, as Adele and I were just talking about this with some friends the other day. They asked the same question! In short, no. I chose the name partly out of respect for my wife, partly because she inspires me to write, and partly because I just love the name and it felt right for the character. The Adele in the Dwellers is quite tomboy-ish, whereas my Adele is very feminine (which suits me just fine!). However, in some ways, like her spirit, loyalty to family and friends, and spunk, they are fairly similar.

If your life was being made into a movie, what would it be called and who would you want to play David Estes?

As if! Okay, I’ll bite. If, and that’s a really BIG if, by some miracle anyone ever had an interest in turning my life into a movie, it would be called The Dreamer and would star James Marsden as he does comedy really well without being over the top. And yes, my life would definitely be a comedy / drama.

And the weekly question, I love to support independent authors, do you have any words of wisdom for potential authors wanting to make the leap into writing?

My biggest advice is to do it for the right reasons; namely, because you love writing. Although it is my career and livelihood, I write because it’s my favorite thing in the world to do. Don’t expect to become the next bestseller (although you might be), don’t expect millions of readers to flock to your books (although it’s possible), and don’t do it to make a quick buck (because you probably won't!) DO IT FOR THE LOVE OF WORDS!

For those who are looking for more substantial advice for Indie authors, check out my popular blog post on Everything I Wish I Knew When I Started Writing: HERE

A special thanks to Kelly for having me on her AWESOME blog! 

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