An author interview with Danny Gallows

Danny Gallows

D.C.L Galloway or “Danny Gallows” is a writer, poet, musician, actor, veteran and artist in many mediums. He lives in Portland, Maine with his black cat Mighty Muff. After an acting/performance driven high school life, he spent 4 years in the US Navy, and has since been working on both books and music of many genres. He is part of the essential staff work force, maintaining the role of a building manger for a cleaning company, and spends most of his time working on many creative projects and hiking in the forests.
He is the creator of the high fantasy series ‘Arcane Epics,’ as well as the Dark Crystal explained Youtube channel ‘Dreamfast with Me’

Who are you? And where are you from?

My writing name is DCL Galloway, but most know me as Danny Gallows. I am a Fantasy Writer, Artist, Musician, Poet, Vetran, Essential Worker and Youtuber! I live in Portland, Maine with my black cat Mighty Muff.

Why do you write?

One of the questions of the universe. But I would simply say, I write because I must. Ever since I was young, I’ve had a very strong desire to create. Didn’t matter what. Music, back yard movies, plays, models, drawings–I have always felt the need to be creative. So when I started writing seriously, I quickly discovered it was a way for me to fully utilize my imagination. The ideas keep coming, so I keep writing! 

What do you write about?

I’m an avid fantasy writer, that’s always been my forte. I like to say I was created by George Lucas and molded by JRR Tolkien. But I have also branched into sci-fi, fan fiction, poetry and much more.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

That’s hard to put my finger on, but I would say around the age of 15. I remember writing short stories about my favorite Star Wars characters, as well as ghost stories inspired my mother’s experiences.

Do you have a specific writing style?

With me, there’s a one-word answer for that: Dark. I grew up in the late 80’s/early 90’s with all of that amazing dark children’s fantasy, so I’ve always been inspired to craft evil, solemn tales.

What are some obstacles you see in writing?

The occasional writers block I suppose, or noisy neighbors! But if we’re going to go outside the process, honestly sometimes the writing community itself can be very challenging to exist in. Sometimes I feel as though there are way too many people who consider themselves writers, but don’t have the skill set yet to back it up. That can make things challenging for accomplished writers. But as long as you stay passionate and keep working hard, you will succeed!

What do you do besides writing?

I love to stay creative! Aside from writing I’ve been playing/recording music for 15 years, I paint and sketch, I do a bit of photography, I’m creating a board game, I love to travel, and I’m a cat dad. I also run one of Youtube’s only Dark Crystal explained channels. I do a lot of script writing for that!

What is the most memorable thing said to you by one of your readers?

You need a fan base for that! Unfortunately I haven’t achieved any status with my books yet, so i’m still waiting for something really memorable. But I have received a couple comments about my Fallen Order Star Wars book, stating that it was the best they had ever read. That was so wonderful to hear, I put a ton of work into it. 

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been seriously writing for over 15 years now. Hard to believe it’s been that long!

When did you first realize you wanted to become a professional writer?

Probably around the age of 18. Even back then I was crafting outlines for animes and video games, or constructing short stories about my favorite movie characters. And even though I went straight into the Navy after High School, I knew I was going to keep writing and playing music, so I did. I remember staying up late in my rack aboard the ship I was stationed, keeping a hundred other guys around me awake with my incessant typing. It was my escape in many ways, and then I realized it could be other’s as well.

Do you have any interesting writing quirks?

I never learned to type properly. I type with my two index fingers.

How long does it take you to write a book?

That depends on what it is. With my fantasy series, it generally takes me around 6 months to completely craft and shape one 30K+ word novella, and I’ll be working on the entire series for the next 10 years most likely. On the other hand, I wrote my 18K word Star Wars story in about 2 weeks. Free time is a big factor. 

Any suggestions on how to become a better writer?

Two pieces of advice I always give people on that subject, is to be a good reader and a good actor. If you don’t read, you can’t understand how to write. And if you can’t act, you will struggle with situational dialogue and character development, two of the most crucial factors.

What challenges do you come across when writing/creating a story?

Too many ideas! I have notebooks filled with so many story ideas, but I never have enough time to realize them. Someday I will, but trying to accomplish everything I want to at once is very challenging. If I could clone myself, I would, and I’d just write all day.

What do you think makes a good story?

Simply put: Passion. Write what you want to, how you want to, when you want to. Aside from helpful friends and editors, don’t let anyone tell you anything. Write what you feel and what you know, the rest will come!

What does your family think of your writing?

They are very supportive of my work! I was lucky enough to complete my Nana’s memoirs as well as a book of her poetry before we sadly lost her this year. She was a very important aspect of my family, so those are the two books they know me best for. And I’m very proud of that. 

Do you see writing as a career?

Absolutely, since day one. If you write, you can create anything. My goal has always been to influence imagination. I think we are missing that today, especially in the younger generation. We need more people creating art, because that art can change the world!

Anything specific you want your future readers to know?

Right now my big project is my ongoing high fantasy novella series “Arcane Epics.” I would describe it as a mix between Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. I have two books done already, and halfway through book 3 now! I’ve built an entire galaxy of mythology, so it’s a project which will most likely take up the next 10 years of my life. I’m still searching for a fan base, so please consider starting a brand new adventure and supporting the series! Aside from that, I also write music, poetry, historical non-fiction, short stories, fan fiction, Star Wars books, and I’m continuing to craft my fast growing Dark Crystal channel every day. 

You can find everything through this page: Youtube.com/dreamfastwithme

Read all of my books for free on Wattpad here: Wattpad.com/DCLGalloway

And you can also follow my writing on Twitter @gallowsepics

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