G & T Show Shore Leave 2015 Coverage – Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore Interview
At the 2015 Shore Leave convention, the lovely Janice got to sit down and interview Star Trek tie-in authors Kevin Dilmore and Dayton Ward! And she lived to tell the tale!
Many of our listeners are also readers. How did the guys get into writing? Kevin went to college for journalism and worked for a newspaper for years. He also published in magazines and eventually was asked to write a fiction story. When asked, he contacted Dayton and they collaborated. In 2003, he freelanced and then went back to the business world and now writes for Hallmark as a creative writer.
Dayton started writing for the fun of it in his twenties. He entered the Strange New Worlds writing contest during the first three years and he won! He became ineligible for future contests and ended up with a contract. He left his day job about a year ago and now writes full time.
Dayton’s most recent novel is a Star Trek: The Next Generation novel called Armageddon’s Arrow. Together, they have a story in the Pangaea collection. The general idea behind it is what would have happened if the continents never drifted apart on Earth? Their next collaborative effort will be out in a few months. It’s called Seekers Four, the story of the USS Endeavor, a Constitution-class ship.
For any character from their work, which Star Trek holodeck program would they like to put them in? Kevin said he thought he would take Tim Pennington, a reporter character, and place him into a 1930s newsroom program. As for Dayton, he would take Spock and McCoy and put them in a buddy flick like Smoky and the Bandit.
They brainstorm a lot of their ideas in chicken restaurants! They tend to write separately, however, although they will sometimes visit and write together so that they can discuss it in real time. Sometimes they have been back to the wall and have had to work in the same room and transfer files via flash drive to do that more quickly.
Kevin admits he tends to write more slowly and deliberately, whereas Dayton tends to push through. Kevin seems to produce a first draft that requires very little editing. For Dayton, he works quickly as a function of having to fit writing in wherever and whenever he could.
Dayton admits that a character has, at times, run away with him. He’s found that outlining helps with reining that in. Kevin agreed, that backstory can become rather large as he is attempting to build a pattern, so that readers can get visual and audio impressions of a character.
Sage advice from Dayton and Kevin? Kevin says to put more energy into being positive and happy. The screeds he sees, particularly online, seem to take too much energy and time. Dayton feels people should just ‘let it go’. Follow Wil Wheaton’s Law.
For writers who are more on the introverted side (like Kevin, apparently), he feels it’s how he draws his energy. He will go out and do things like improv, but he does find them more draining. Dayton seems to be more mixed; he feels he’s more outgoing with people he knows or feels he knows. The convention, for example, is just a hang out with friends, and he likes to make people laugh, so the convention is a great environment for him.
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Thank you, Dayton and Kevin!
She's also a published author (Untrustworthy, published by Riverdale Avenue Books; QSF Discovery 2 Anthology, published by Mischief Corner Books; and The Longest Night Watch Anthology 1 & 2, published by Writers Colony Press), and a prolific fan fiction writer. You can find her adding her fanfiction to our forums, or live tweeting our show.
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