David Staniforth

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I’ve been inventing stories as far back as I can remember (mostly to keep me out of trouble), but began writing seriously after finishing an English studies BA as a mature student. My writing is influenced by so many things: a love of reading all genres; films; music; raising my two daughters; hill walking; and much, much more. I tend to take all I know, throw it into a setting and see what comes out.

My first four books were all fantasy, but then a new story entered my mind that insisted on being a psychological thriller. Just like raising children, a story insists on being what it was always meant to be: Characters will behave as they want, and plots will demand to go in a certain direction. All I do as an author is transfer their antics i
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David Staniforth Being in control. In a story world the author is god; until the characters take over that is. Then it's kind of like being married.
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Alloria and its sequel Eye of Dominion I would say, and some reviewers have pointed out, would be suitable for…more
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Alloria and its sequel Eye of Dominion I would say, and some reviewers have pointed out, would be suitable for eleven and up, depending on their reading ability. I think my Fuel to the Fire trilogy would better suit 14 and up. My ten year old nephew has read Alloria and thoroughly enjoyed it.(less)
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message 26: by Mackey

Mackey So glad we connected as friends today! Can't wait to read The Book of Maker and discussing all things bookish with you.

Mackey


message 25: by Thomas

Thomas Padley hi david :) long time no speak, hope all is well! Despite what tonight says I finished your book a while ago now and due to the new job and other things happening (just life in general really) I have taken a LONG hiatus from goodreads, and reading in general actually, but as you can imagine I am quite rusty on the review side of things, but I just wanted to re-assure you that I will be leaving a more in depth review within the next week just need to get back in the swing of things!

Gosh I am so behind and I had hundreds of books to read, and now I am probably 6-7 months behind on anything on top of that what's been released since then, this should be fun! Anyway I hope your doing well :) and congratulations on another amazing book I never got to say how much I enjoyed it before I left!


message 24: by Carolyn

Carolyn Hi David, thanks for the friend invite and answering my questions about VOID :)


Christine Hatfield Thanks for accepting my friend request


message 22: by Odette

Odette Thanks for the friend invite. I enjoyed Imperfect Strangers and look forward to reading Void.


message 21: by Mike

Mike Thanks for the friend invite, David. We do have a lot of friends in common and I see several of your books remain on my TBR. Looking forward to checking out your shelves and our future bookish discussions.

I see you're reading "The Wise Man's Fear" so I hope you enjoy that one as much as the first in the series. Rothfuss is one of my favorite writes.

Happy Holidays!


message 20: by Melissa

Melissa (Mel’s Bookshelf) Thanks for the friend request David! I'm looking forward to reading Alloria!


message 19: by Aisling

Aisling I saw you are giving away a copy of Alloria! I hope I win a copy because I loved what I read so far but hate reading e-copies. Anyway, best of luck with it. Great book!


message 18: by Katie.g

Katie.g Hi David, thanks for the friend-vite. I look forward to reading your second book, Ruler's Desire and hope that we'll have some great conversations in the future :)


message 17: by Kristen

Kristen Most certainly, David :) Glad to have your friendship!


message 16: by David

David Staniforth Lucinda wrote: "Dear David,
Thank you so much for acepting my friendship request! I look forward to reading and discovering your work.
Regards
Lucinda x"


You're welcome. Hope you enjoy them. :o)


message 15: by Lucinda

Lucinda Dear David,
Thank you so much for acepting my friendship request! I look forward to reading and discovering your work.
Regards
Lucinda x


message 14: by Natalie

Natalie Thanks for the add :) I will definatly harrass my library now :D


message 13: by April

April Wood Thank you! :)


message 12: by Cheryl

Cheryl Landmark Happy to be friends, David. I've added "Alloria" to my TBR pile. It sounds right up my alley. :)


message 11: by David

David Staniforth Branwen wrote: "Hey David! Just wanted to let you know that I downloaded Alloria yesterday! I'm really looking forward to reading it! :)"

So you're my one and only mystery Smashwords customer :D Hope you enjoy it as much as Lily did.


Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah* Hey David! Just wanted to let you know that I downloaded Alloria yesterday! I'm really looking forward to reading it! :)


Susana You made me ROFL with the comment you sent along with your friend request. Thank you for sending one and you're very welcome :)


message 8: by David

David Staniforth I'm a little busy in the middle of a new book at the moment Renata, as well as working. But I am willing to read a few pages and hopefully give you a few pointers (if needed) that you can apply throughout :-)


Renata Ruby Hi, I hope you are well and enjoying the spring sunshine!

Please could,you proof read some of my smashwords books for me they are under Rena Romanov


message 6: by David

David Staniforth Branwen wrote: "Hiya David! *waves* Thanks for the friend request! I agree, we TOTALLY have so much in common and I'm sure we are going to be great friends! :) I have Alloria downloaded, and it's within the next b..."

If you enjoy it half as much as Lily appears to have done, neither can I :D


Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah* Hiya David! *waves* Thanks for the friend request! I agree, we TOTALLY have so much in common and I'm sure we are going to be great friends! :) I have Alloria downloaded, and it's within the next batch of five books I'm planning to read! It looks amazing and I can't wait! :D


message 4: by David (last edited Mar 30, 2013 02:17AM)

David Staniforth Karen wrote: "Hi David #2! We'll find something more fun to call you I'm sure! Ha! Thanks for the friend invite!"

I've been called many things over the years; some acceptable and some not so much ;~)


Karen’s Library Hi David #2! We'll find something more fun to call you I'm sure! Ha! Thanks for the friend invite!


message 2: by David

David Staniforth Welcome. I'm still quite new at this, and still finding my way around. Been spending most of my time on the kindle forum, with the authors who drageed me on here. Now trying to find new friends in new places, and I liked your humour.

Cheers

David #2 (Guess I'll always be that to you now) :D


Brigid ✩ Cool Ninja Sharpshooter ✩ Hello David number two! Haha. Thanks for adding me. :)


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