Monday, November 10, 2014

The Story Teller Interview with David Rattler

The Lair: I’m joined today by one of the most controversial authors in the underground. David Rattler. First I' d like to welcome him to the Lair.

David: Thank you for having me.

The Lair: Let’s get started. When Season’s Change. The Journey Begins sent a wave of terror throughout the underground was that your intent?

David: I knew the work would be met with mixed opinions. But no I didn’t believe it would be the shock factor it has been.

The Lair: What inspired you. Your plot twist, your characters and your bold attack and everything most people hold secrete.

David: The world around me inspires me. But I’ve never been one to hold back in my works. In my earlier works I was much more brutal. When Season’s Change is a complex work, but The Season Series is complex in itself. I decided to tell the story from the point of view of three women because it was a challenge for me, being a straight man. But I think what pissed people off mostly was not only did the story surround the trials of woman. But woman of different races coming together and finding a single truth, not only about themselves, but the world around them and how it connects.

The Lair: You mentioned something in book I the time continuum will we see that in the series?

David: Yes that Ingrid dilemma she’s going to have to figure that out. Each character has a dilemma and they must complete the journey.

The Lair: Reviews do you read them?

David; No. Because you have to remember that reviewers are human and only have opinions. If I write something that reminds you of how your wife of girlfriend ran off with the mailman. Well in your mind I just became the mailman. How do you feel about him?

The Lair: There is a rumor that you don’t trust editors. Any truth to that?

David: I was born black in America and I’m sure they’d love to put subliminal whispers in my work. But I haven’t never been a good one and never will be.

The Lair: Is it true that at one time you build an alter and burned an edited manuscript?

David: I did burn the manuscript but I didn’t build an alter.

The Lair: Why?

David: When I started writing in my early teens. I was a reader first. I noticed the structure of the work, and wondered why African American writers and African writer didn’t sound the same. I know there is a cultural difference. With the exception of Toni Morrison. I kept hearing this whisper in a lot of African American’s works that wasn’t in the Africans and wasn’t in the white writers.

The Lair: What sort of whisper?”

David: It’s subliminal and you only hear it when your discover what the author not saying but implying. It’s an apologetic suggestion. And it always made me look behind me and wonder who the hell are you apologizing to for being black? I fucking know it’s not me.

The Lair: So is that why you burn the edited manuscript?

David: Yeah, got it back my shit apologizing it’s ass off. When I struck the match, David does not apologize and the house of David do not bow.

The Lair: What advice would you give to writers?

David: At the end of the day it’s your work, it’s you legacy and it need to say what you want it to say. Not what some clown sitting behind a desk think it should say.

The Lair: What authors do you read?

David: I read everyone works. Until they make the mistake of saying. I listen to the reader and give the reader what they want.

The Lair: Why is that a bad thing?

David: Because you’re not tell me the story you telling me what you think I want to hear.

The Lair: How many book are in the series?

David: so far only three complete but four and five are evolving.

The Lair: I’d like to think you for taking the time. And I for one can’t wait to see what surprises you have in store throughout the series.

David: Thank you for having me. Book II will be just as shocking.

You can learn more about David Rattler on his authors page at or the and here at The Story Teller’s Lair.

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