|Who is your greatest writing influence? Why?|
|In various ways, my mother, my high school AP English teacher, and my freshman college English teacher had profound influences on my writing; however, it’s hard for me to identify other authors individual influences on my writing. I read all the time and I watch at least 100 movies a year, and every single story influences my writing to some extent, whether positively (e.g., “wow, I really like how they did that”) or negatively (e.g., “wow, that was terrible; let me make sure I don’t do that”).|
|Do you have a day job? If so, what is it?|
|I’m an editor. The most interesting editing I do is academic and scientific research papers written by non-native English speakers (usually professors at universities overseas) who want to publish in English-language journals.|
|How do your interests and work experience affect your writing?|
|I’ve always been reasonably confident editing my own work, and my years as an editor have definitely helped in that regard. I wrote a book review for many years (until I had to give it up because of the time commitment), primarily as a personal exercise, and in developing a critical eye toward everything I read, I’ve also become much more critical of my own writing.|
|What is your latest novel called and what is it about?|
|THE RETAIL is a comedic satire of the big-box retail industry.
Aspiring writer Penn Reynard has just joined the ranks of America’s fifteen million retail workers: fresh out of college with an English degree, he can’t find a job anywhere except at the local big-box hardware store. Working returns, Penn experiences firsthand the often comical absurdity, chaos, and shenanigans of the retail world. At least he has a new romance with a coworker going for him—if he doesn’t screw it up. The constant pressures of dealing with hostile customers, oblivious coworkers, and overbearing management begin to take their toll on him, though, and as his desired career path threatens to fall out of reach, Penn struggles to break free of retail’s clutches.
Here’s what other people are saying about THE RETAIL:
“I love it, I love it, I love it . . . Rare is the occasion when you read a book that thoroughly delights you . . . Danker-Dake is a dialogue genius. He keeps a hilarious running dialogue practically the entire book.”
“Danker-Dake needs to get out of Tulsa and start writing sitcoms in Hollywood. His hilarious new book, The Retail, could easily be a hit TV series. The characters are really quirky, yet everyone knows someone just like these guys. The dialogue is razor-sharp and enormously entertaining.”
|Do you have other creative outlets or skills? What are they?|
|I really enjoy strategic and tactical games—I’m the strategy and tactics editor for Diplomacy World, the flagship publication of the Diplomacy hobby. That’s a creative outlet both in that I’m regularly writing articles of a sort I wouldn’t otherwise write and in that strategy games require a certain amount of creativity—perhaps none more so than Diplomacy, which brilliantly combines tactical maneuvering with negotiation, deal-making, and outright lying.|
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