Indie Showcase: February 2015: Daniel Waltz

I am very sorry that this post is so very late. February was a very stressful month for me and I had a hard time staying on top of everything that needed to be done. Having said that, I am proud to introduce you to the February indie author, Daniel Waltz.

Who is Daniel Waltz?

I’m a 20 year old Christ follower who loves taking risks and seeking adventure. For a long time, I’ve been a die-hard traveler—whether that’s in my stories or just my everyday life. Exploring life with my friends and allowing a journey to take me somewhere is all part of the fun. I’m an active coffee/tea drinker and you can almost always find me with a cup in hand.

So, Daniel, tell us a little about your books.

I love this series. It’s a part of me and it always will be. For the longest time it was like an escape for me–a place I could go to just get away. Releasing the first book was scary. This was my boat and it was time for me to get out of it and into the water. I had to open it to the cruelty of the world. I’m glad I have though. I love this story and I love all of the characters and their adventures. I’m honored to hear others enjoy it, too–that they look forward to going home and reading it because they want to get lost with the characters. Heir of the Unknown is the first of seven in the series and The Curse of Senapin is set to release around April! Stay tuned!

What was your initial inspiration behind The Water Travelers?

The idea for The Water Travelers started when some friends and I were in a hot tub and the question of “Would you ever jump in a random person’s hot tub, if they were in it?” came up. I said yes, if I could hop in, sink below the surface, and disappear. (That was my second answer, actually. My first was yes. Yes, I would.) Thus, the idea of water traveling came to be. Then that developed into “where would you travel to?” And from that, the world of Upitar formed and the story began to develop later on.

From first word to final product, how was the writing journey in creating The Water Travelers?

Whoa.
Whoa.
That’s how the journey’s been, so far. It’s incredible. It’s absolutely incredible. I’ve had really really high ups and I’ve had really really sucky lows. I wouldn’t trade any of it, though. This process has taught me things others will never have the chance to learn and I’m still learning new things every day while on this crazy adventure.
What has been your biggest hurdle in writing and publishing your work?
The biggest hurdle for me is marketing. Actually getting people to pick up your book is a challenge, and then trying to get them to translate their enthusiasm for it into a review or something is even harder. It’s an exhausting process and I think I speak for most writers when I say it is the worst part of the writing process.
Any words of advice for aspiring writers?
Screw what the world says. Write because you want to tell a story and get lost on an adventure. Don’t write for the money. Don’t write for the fame. Don’t write for accomplishment’s sake. Write because you have a passion to evoke something special within yourself and within others. Let your heart get ripped out by your characters–don’t be afraid of surprises. Laugh with them. Learn from them. Adventure with them. Live with them.
Thank you so much for taking the time out to answer my questions, Daniel.

Book Review

23340884The people of Upitar have the ability to go back forth between their world and Earth, through water. Aaron Archien is the heir to the throne of Upitar, and before his father feels he is ready to become king, he is given one last task: go to Earth, find the daughter of Michael Harper, bring her to Upitar, and kill her. The girl, Madalyne Harper, was prophesied about long ago to destroy the waterways, thus ending the world of Upitar. Although against the idea of taking an innocent life, Aaron agrees to do it for the sake of his people. But, upon going to Earth, he unknowingly meets Madalyne and they fall in love before their fates become known.
A race of people, water travelers, is linked to Earth in a harmonious way – so long as the earthlings never find out about them. Aaron’s father, the King of Upitar, needs him to find an earthling girl and kill her before she destroys the waterways and puts their race in jeopardy.
I was pleasantly surprised by this story. It starts relatively slowly, but when the action kicks in, it hooks you. There was a great twist at the end and it left me wanting more.
The only downside for me was how quickly Madi trusted Aaron. Some random boy knocks on your window at night and after screaming initially (which, in my opinion, is the correct response), you start to hang out with him and feel a strong connection after just one day, that is a bit of a push realistically.
Despite this, I enjoyed their adventures as they try to find a way to bring peace between their worlds. A great fantasy read.
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4 thoughts on “Indie Showcase: February 2015: Daniel Waltz

  1. Hi Heather! I just wanted to let you know book two of the series is coming out soon! ‘The Curse of Senapin’ is set to release April 16th and I’d love for you to read it. Thanks again for having me for an author interview. Feel free to ask any questions if you have them! 🙂

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