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Interview with Dave Welch

He grew up in Macon Ga., a rough city at the time, full of bullies, drugs, and churches. He graduated from Northside High in Warner Robins, Ga., in 2000. And at the age of 23, he moved to Atlanta to further his knowledge of computer animation. In 2007 (another 4 years of college), Dave received his Bachelor's degree in Media Arts and Animation. And within that same year, he founded Adaptor Studio.

Since then, ‘Supa’ (as the hoodlums of Macon, Ga. would call him) has become the sole creator of the hit cartoon MOS, with a novel series adaptation entitled Evolving Crane. For nearly 30 years, Dave has persistently chased his dream as a descriptive writer with the animus to change the world of animation as we know it.

Q.1 Tell us something about yourself not many people know?
I am a drummer, and I’ve been playing drums since I was 10 years old. I was also homeless for 10 years of my life, sleeping in my car.

Q.2 Are we going to read more from you in the near future? Any new project you’re working on?
Yes! This work is a new rising series. I plan on writing at least 3 books a year.

Q.3 What inspired you to write Evolving Crane Series?
Aw, man. The cartoon MOS inspired me to write the series. Because the novel is an adaptation of the cartoon. I needed a way to build a fan base cause a lot of people like my art, and they want to see it move. But, not too many people know how expensive it is to produce a cartoon.

Q.4 What is the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
The toughest part about that is keeping the character from sounding like a male. So I tend to use my mother and my sisters as a means of avoiding that issue. I just look at how they respond to different situations, and I use that as a guideline.

Q.5 How do you develop your plots and characters? Do you use any set formula?
Naa… no formulas here. The thing is, I started out developing the cartoon. So, I had all of these episodes on paper already. Well, I lost the paperwork, but I retained it in my head. All the characters, storylines, plot twists and all. Now when I start writing, it's all there. I just go into smaller details to fill the reader’s needs.

Q.6 What advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Learn your genre and stick to it. Discover the importance of marketing for yourself. You can pay someone to do it, but it would be so much better and more affordable if you learned it yourself.

Q.7 How do you see the future of science fiction literature? Will sci-fi maintains its independence or intertwines with other literary genres?
I see it branching out. I’ve even done that with Evolving Crane. Still, its foundation is and will always be Science Fiction; I tend to add a little horror, romance, urban, and action to the mix. No one likes bland soup.

Q.8 To what extent can science fiction effect or improve the developments in science and technology in human life? Is it right to say that science fiction can change what human life looks like in the future?
I think scientists will make this discovery. And a lot of them may use science fiction books to develop ideas and even futuristic visual perceptions of humanity. So I think they could go hand and hand.

Q.9 In many science fictions stories, the existence of God is denied. Could we call science fiction an atheist literary genre?
No. I can’t. **Spoiler Alert** There may be a character in Evolving Crane that may immolate and even fall within the same similarities of a well-known godly figure. Evolving Crane has combined the two. Just cause Science exists doesn’t mean that God doesn’t. Seeing that cosmic occurrences and anomalies are happening right now that science will never be able to fully explain. So what is that exactly? Just cause humanity gives the event a name doesn’t mean that that’s what it is. That’s what it is to us. Cause that’s how we interpret it. Which, to me, is quite primitive in thinking. Define gravity. Right? It’s a force- da-da-da-da. But what is that force? And what’s telling that force to do what it does? 

The questions grow deeper with each answer, leaving us at a bottom line of no real explanations. This is because no human has traveled through the cosmos. We can’t explain the ethereal. It's past our understanding. This means that there is something way bigger going on, and some of us are too afraid to admit it.

Q.10 What do you think are the main reasons for the popularity of science fiction? To what extent has the film industry helped in popularizing the genre?
The science behind it. The leap in technology really throttles the brain. We all want to push our creative landscapes to help aid the advancements. Movies take references from the authors while the authors draw inspiration from the film industry.

Q.11 Ray Bradbury considers sci-fi as “the important literature in the history of the world because it’s the history of ideas and the history of our civilization birthing itself.” Do you agree with him, as many sci-fi stories do, indeed, depict disaster?
Yes. I do. There is a pending disaster with the advancing of technology. Singularity is one of them. The Xarchanzians is another.

Q.12 Science fiction has a long history. Which era do you consider the most effective period in the whole history of the genre?
Oh. The digital age, of course. The late 90’s and early 00’s. It's just the beginning. We are in for a shock.

Q.13 What’s your writing schedule while you’re working?
Write anytime and every time I can.

Q.14 Do you have any unique or quirky writing habits?
Yes, I do. I always start with a small composition notebook. Then I type directly into google docs, and from then I will drop it into Microsoft word.

Q.15 Who designed your book cover? How do you select them?
A. Ryan Schwarz
. I found that guy on Reedsy. He’s an awesome artist. Highly skilled in his craft.

Q.16 How do you select the name of your characters?
I tend to use letters that don’t technically go together.

Q.17 Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with good or bad ones?
I don’t have that many reviews. I would love some. Would you like to give me one? An honest one? I’ll take them all as love.

Q.18 Which famous person, living or dead, would you like to meet and why?
I want to meet 3 Stacks. That’s it. Oh! And Jim Carey. I just love Andrea’s music and his style of rap. I think Jim Carey is hilarious.

Q.19 What is your favorite book from other authors and why?
A. Flight
by Tamara Hohn. I like this book because the author wrote this book during confinement. She was imprisoned for unjust reasons.

Q.20 Share the experience of your journey so far?
It’s been wild and crazy. I’m still making adjustments to this book before launch. I’ve made so many changes that I’ve lost count. Plus, I’m doing a lot of reading while attempting to understand the marketing behind all of this.

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