2009-5-18: MilSciFi.com interviews
David Sherman, contributor to the military science fiction anthology, So It Begins, book two in the Defending the Future series.
"Welcome back. Please tell us a little something about your story, Surrender or Die."
Sherman: "Surrender or Die was originally written as the
prolog for the fourth DemonTech novel. Unfortunately, Del Rey cancelled
the series after three books. But even today, five years after the third
book was published, I still get requests for more DemonTech stories. So I
submitted this story, and Mike McPhail was gracious enough to accept it."
"Does science and technology play an important role in this story (or in
your work in general), or is it secondary to the story telling and
Sherman: "An ongoing devise in the DemonTech universe is that
much of technology is demon-powered."
"Most authors we encounter write novellas/novels, do you find it a
challenge to write short stories?"
Sherman: "To date, I've had thirty novels published, but only
two short stories. I've had fun writing short pieces, but it's difficult
for me to put a complete story in such a small space. My shorts tend to
have very large casts, and possibly cover significant chunks of geography."
"Since time is of the essence for getting a read up to speed in a short
story, do you have a strategy, or preferred method for doing this?"
Sherman: "Either begin in the middle of an action or start
with somebody saying something outrageous."
"Do you have any upcoming author events?"
Sherman: "There are a couple of cons I may be attending later
"Thank you, and Semper Fi!"