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Dan Schwartz is an Environmental Engineer, with a passion for protecting the earth as well a passion for his writing. He earned a B.A. in Mathematics, a B.S. in Civil Engineerin, and a M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University at Buffalo. Dan writes part time as an outlet for his creativity that is somewhat restricted by the rigousous guidelines of engineering. His interests include animals and humor, both of which play an integral part in his writing. In his comical writing it would be a rare occassion to read a few paragraphs without stumbling upon a pun, or some form of wordplay. Dan currently prefers to release his books in the environmentally friendly format of paperless eBooks, but that may just be what he keeps telling himself until he is able to get his books published.

When not with family, working, writing, or playing with his two dogs, Dan finds time to manage his website (http://www.banocanut.com) and updates with his original artwork, cartoons, poems, videos, short stories, reviews, and much more.

Dan has four books avaiable, and one in editing to be released in the near future.

Book: No Cure for Nature
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/66957...
Available at: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/39...
Genre: Comical Environmental Adventure
Plot: One man is forced to confont Mother Nature after she organizes the environment to overthrow and enslave the humans.

Book: The Many Mini Adventures of Abner the Gopher
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/66944...
Available at: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/40...
Genre: Short Storied Adventures
Plot: A gopher in search of adventure embarks on a quest to add spice to his life.

Book: Ramblings of a Love Sick Masochist
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/71310...
Available at: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/44...
Genre: Dramatic Love Tragedy
Plot: A mall security guard falls in love his a shoplifter during his shift.

Book: Vengeful World: A Tale of Global Warming
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/74756...
Available at: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/51...
Genre: Environmental Adventure
Plot: A global climate change scientist stumbles upon the true cause of global warming and it was nothing as she predicted.

Coming Soon: Superhero's Welcome
Genre: Superhero Crime Mystery
Plot: The streets of Utopolis have never neem safer due to the heroic efforts of superhero crime fighting team, The Seven Deadlies. All was peaceful until terror fell over the city in the form of a murdered boy; a boy who was an up and coming hero. The Seven Deadlies take on the case in this comical superhero crime drama, but they may not be ready for what is about to happen to them.




Rick-Founder JM CM BOOK CLUB  | 7274 comments Mod
Dan
What are some of the reasons that caused you to decide upon using the environmentally friendly format of paperless eBooks? Was this a recent change in thought- or something you believed in for many years?


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Dan Schwartz (banocanut) | 6 comments Over the years I have tried to reduce my negative environmental footprint (i.e. conserving energy, reducing waste, recycling whatever I can) and the idea of not having to use paper seems like the wave of the future in environmental conservation. Many people I speak to argue that books are made mostly from recycled paper, and while that may be true, there is still an abundant amout of energy going into the reclycling process, the printing and production, and the shipping, not to mention the disposal of discarded books. I know most readers prefer to hold onto a book and turn the pagers, and that is alright too, I have no intention of trying to convince anyone that their way is wrong; I just want to help the eBook format grow and gain acceptance.


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Gary F | 170 comments Hi Dan,

Your books seem to have varied plots and storylines. Is there one particular genre you most life?


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Dan Schwartz (banocanut) | 6 comments The genre I like most, and the one I enjoy writing the most is the comical adventure ones. I have the freedom to make anything into a character, be it an animal or an inanimate object, and I love to share humor. Writing the jokes however can be very time consuming, as they need to be coherent enough to string togethe a captivating story, so while I work on the jokes and storyline of a comedy, I write the more serious ones; because for me they are easier to write and tend to be a little shorter.


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Gary F | 170 comments Do you ever see your writing converting into a screenplay?


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Dan Schwartz (banocanut) | 6 comments I can honestly say no. I think most of the jokes in my writing are more coherent if they are read, since they are forms of wordplay, and a slight change in spelling to change a meaning. Also, being that most of my characters are animals, vegetables, and inanimate objects, it would be easier to pull off as a cartoon, and unfortunately not too many people want to watch cartoons anymore (myself not included).


Rick-Founder JM CM BOOK CLUB  | 7274 comments Mod
Dan- do you have authors that your feel have perfected the comical adventure genre?
Cervantes seemed to have invented it- I do like George MacDonald Fraser - are you familiar with him and his Flashman series?


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Gary F | 170 comments With so many movie parts in your story, do you have any tricks to keep your memory sharp? I would think a strong memory is needed for this type of work!


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Dan Schwartz (banocanut) | 6 comments Rick, I am not sure if I am qualified to comment on who has perfected the comical adventure genre. Although I am familiar with the authors who write in that style I personally prefer to read the classics. I know everyone says that in order to be a good writer you need to read, but I do not feel like I have to read my style. To be honest I got most of my comical inspiration from cheesy action movies and their one liners.

Gary, to keep on top of all my characters and plots while I am writing I make many many sheets of notes. I start off with a chapter outline, then add in the events to unfold, then add in all the jokes I would like to include in the event. Then as I write highlight parts that need to be referenced later in the book. I also tend to add in subplots and characters while I write then have to go back and add them in. The notes and timelines work wonders for me.


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Marc (authorguy) | 54 comments In addition to Pratchett, I collect works by John Morrissey (I hope I got his name right, he writes the Kedrigern series), Tom Holt, and I even have the Jason Cosmo books by Dan McGirt, although they grounded out in the third book. There's also abook called Heroics for Beginners which is pretty funny, but I forget the author's name. Also, C. Dale Brittain's Yurt books are not comical per se, but they do have a light touch to them.


Rick-Founder JM CM BOOK CLUB  | 7274 comments Mod
Marc wrote: "In addition to Pratchett, I collect works by John Morrissey (I hope I got his name right, he writes the Kedrigern series), Tom Holt, and I even have the Jason Cosmo books by Dan McGirt, although th..."

Dan is a Twitter Friend- I have the first two Jason Cosmo books- he seems like a really nice guy, Marc


Rick-Founder JM CM BOOK CLUB  | 7274 comments Mod
Dan wrote: "Rick, I am not sure if I am qualified to comment on who has perfected the comical adventure genre. Although I am familiar with the authors who write in that style I personally prefer to read the c..."

really great description of your writing style- I always wonder why in some books- characters appear- and then dissapear- with their roles never resolved!
Do you feel there is a fine line between "satire" and "silly"?


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Dan Schwartz (banocanut) | 6 comments I feel satire is humor with the intent to prove a point, while silly is humor with the intent to cause a laugh...on that note I prefer silly in all aspects of my life.


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