Monday, 16 September 2013

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Me, Daniel Black?

Why do I suddenly feel like I am at a slumber party?

1. Daniel Black is a pen name. A lot of authors use pen names, especially while starting out. I chose Daniel Black because it sounds like the kind of name a dark fantasy author should have. Also-on the evil conniving front-the last name “Black” puts me right up there at the start of the alphabet, making it more likely someone looking for a book will find mine.

2. I have traveled a great deal. I have been in every state in the United States save Alaska (I have a trip scheduled there), and lived in quite a few, I have been in every province of Canada, as well as most of Northern (and just a bit of southern) Mexico.

3. I am awful, and I mean absolutely abysmal, at grammar, spelling, and punctuation. If it wasn’t for Katy Sozaeva and her good work as my editor, my work would not be legible.

4. Other than in the field of writing, I have the artistic talent of a two toed, one eyed, dyspeptic, Lemur. But thankfully, Renee Barratt from “The Cover Counts” came to my rescue, providing me with cover art that everyone assures me (because my inability to tell impressionism from finger-painting is legendary in some circles) was excellent.

5. As many of you know, if you have read anything at all about me, I am a disabled veteran, what you don’t know is how I am disabled. I developed a heightened sensitivity to petroleum while in the military that developed into a vicious skin allergy. This resulted in most of my skin quite literally, melting off. I am now significantly better, though 57% of my body is still covered in scar tissue, and I must avoid heat do to the fact that my bodies heat regulating system is now shot.
Well... that’s five... where to go from here...

6. I grew up in Hawaii. The islands are beautiful, and a wonderful place to visit, but you don’t want to live there, high taxes, high prices, highest in the US I believe. Honestly, if I wanted to pay that much I’d move to Norway.

7. On that note, I am Norwegian by ancestry, though my family has lived in this country for three generations. In fact, part of why I chose the pen name “Daniel Black” is it is a shortened and modernized form of one of my (and most of Norway’s) semi mythical ancestors; Halfdan the Black, the Dark King of Norway, and father to Harald Farnhair(Fairhair).

8. I am presently attending college to get my early childhood education degree so I can, among other things, home school the children my wife and I intend to have. I will hire a tutor for English...

9. My first book, “Be Careful What You Wish For,” is not, in point of fact, my first book. My first book was a science fiction novel that I decided was just a teeech too controversial just now. But I am thinking I may publish it sometime in the near future, probably after I am done with the first nine books of my series.
Fewh, made it...

10. I enjoy reading reviews from my fans and detractors. They help me by telling me what I did right in my books, what I did wrong in my books, and what I did or did not do enough of. So please, if you read my book, go online and write a review, I will find it, and it will help me make my future books better for the people who matter in the writing industry... The readers.

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(soon available as an audio book)
Genre - Dark Fantasy
Rating – R
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Books Sold - 6 Nov 2011 to 31 May 2012

Some of you have asked me for my total number of books sold to evaluate KDP Select so here it is. Bear in mind, that results will vary based on genre and author. Good luck and remember, Keep Moving Forward.

Total - 120,836

1. Excuse Me, My Brains Have Stepped Out
Amazon Kindle - 42,559
Paperback -
Smashwords -

2. Frequent Traveller
Amazon Kindle - 35277
Paperback -
Smashwords -

3. Dora's Essentials - Books, Blogs & Smiles 1
Amazon Kindle - 462
Smashwords -

4. Mirror Me Martha (Short Story)
Amazon Kindle - 281
Smashwords -

5. Drive On Hope (Short Story)
Amazon Kindle - 190
Smashwords -

6. Blog-A-Licious Directory 2012
Amazon Kindle - 1
Smashwords -

7. Pandora's Reading Room 1
Amazon Kindle -
Paperback - N/A

8. The Cat That Barked (Short Story)
Amazon Kindle -

9. Dora's Essentials - Examining Anxiety
Amazon Kindle -

10. Dora's Essentials - Books, Blogs & Smiles 2
Amazon Kindle -

11. Elevenses from Around the World
Amazon Kindle -

12. Genetically Modified Foods vs. Sustainability
Amazon Kindle -

Blog-A-Licius - Sherbet Blossom



Dealightfully Frugal

Blog-A-Licious - The Few, The Proud, The Wife


My Soul Slippers

Blog-A-Licous - Textbook Mommy

Blog-A-Licious - Blue Frogs Legs

Blog-A-Licious - Pretty All True

Pretty All True

Blog-A-Licious - tbaoo



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Blog-A-Licious - The Invisible Art

Blog-A-Licious - Rediscovering Domesticity

Rediscovering Domesticity

Blog-A-Licious - Quiver Full

Blog-A-Licious - Cori's Big Mouth

Blog-A-Licious - Great Fun


Blog-A-Licious - Busy Wife

Blog-A-Licious - Steps To Happiness

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Blog-A-Licious - Toby & Max

Blog-A-Licious - Amelie

Raising Amelie

Blog-A-Licious - Peas In A Pod

Blog-A-Licious - Riley

Blognostics - Poetry


My Awards - September 2010

My Awards - September 2010
Awarded By Jo Frances

My Awards - May 2011

My Awards - May 2011
Awarded By Alejandro Guzman

My Awards - May 2011

My Awards - May 2011
Awarded by Kriti Mukherjee

My Awards - April 2011

My Awards - April 2011
Awarded By Roy Durham

My Awards - June 2011

My Awards - June 2011
Awarded By Sulekha Rawat

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