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Interview Yourself #15: Under-appreciation and Spirit Animals

Hi, folks! Today, I’m continuing with a new, unique series of posts. In the coming weeks, I’m going to be interviewing myself using pre-written questions from other blog sites, like these ones via BookFox.

It’s going to be a lot of fun, and a great way for me to reveal a little bit more about myself, my writing and my habits. Are you ready? Good – let’s get started.


Dane Cobain


What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?

Tough one! I guess if I think about my indie author friends, the first one that springs to mind is Zeus Is Dead! by Michael G. Munz. Cracking novel.


How do you balance making demands on the reader with taking care of the reader?

I’m not sure if I do – and I can be pretty demanding. Hopefully that’s how they like it.


As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?

It’d probably be a dogenergetic, often chaotic, but loyal. My books are just waiting for you to stroke them.


What do you owe the real people upon whom you base your characters?

An apology. I’m not that bad – I tend to steal names, rather than character traits. And hopefully I disguise them well enough when I’m being mean about them…


How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

Off the top of my head, I couldn’t tell you. A dozen? Something like that. Maybe more.


Dane Cobain
Dane Cobain


What does literary success look like to you?

If I could earn enough money to live solely on my writing, I’d be happy with that. All I want to do is write. I’m not too worried about being rich and famous, although I wouldn’t complain about either.


What’s the best way to market your books?

I personally think that a good mixture of everything works best. It’s partly a case of hedging your bets, and partly a case of building up a buzz. It takes lots of hard work and perseverance, but it’s the gift that keeps on giving – the longer you do it, the better the results.


What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

It depends upon the book. Sometimes, I don’t need to do too much research, because I can look up bits and bobs as I go along. But I’m planning on reading a bunch of books, watching documentaries and interviewing some subject matter experts for an upcoming project of mine, called ‘Meat‘. Look out for that.


Do you view writing as a kind of spiritual practice?

Not at all. I’m not spiritual at all. It’s basically just intellectual masturbation. It makes you feel good and gives you a release.


What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?

People are pretty sensitive about gender issues at the moment. I guess it’s a good thing, but I’m almost post-feminist. I don’t really worry about all that because I already view men and women as equal and think that that’s the way that the world is going anyway. In terms of writing female characters, I just try to make them as believable as the males. If I fail at that, it’s usually a problem with the character itself, and not because she’s a woman. I’ve written plenty of one-dimensional males in my time.


Dane Cobain - Come On Up to the House
Dane Cobain – Come On Up to the House


So there we have it – that’s the latest instalment of Interview Yourself over and done with! Thanks, as always, for reading, and be sure to keep your browser pointed to You can also sign up to my mailing list, follow me on Facebook and Twitter or check out my books for further info. I’ll see you soon!

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