DJ Butler has written a bang-up series with Witchy Eye. Set in an alternative American History that features a refreshing female heroine, multiple dialects, a mishmash of villains and a plethora of magic systems, Butler keeps a straight arrow plot through it all.
He discusses that among the importance of a strong civics education, how his children have inspired his work, how it does (and doesn’t) fit into the young adult category, and what advice he would give writers in this Q and A.
I’m a novelist living in the Rocky Mountain west. My training is in law, and I worked as a securities lawyer at a major international firm and inhouse at two multinational semiconductor manufacturers before setting up in solo practice. I’m a consultant and corporate trainer, teaching business acumen to employees of world-class companies.
I am a lover of language and languages, a guitarist and self-recorder, and a serious reader. I am married to a powerful and clever woman (also a novelist) and we have three devious children, but they don’t appear much in this blog (they do recur with some frequency in my social media posts). This blog, with all its meandering and changes of pace, is about writing.
I have been writing fiction since 2010. I write speculative fiction (fantasy, science fiction, space opera, steampunk, cyberpunk, superhero, alternate history, dystopian fiction, horror and related genres) for all audiences. I have written and am writing novels for middle grade, young adult and adult readers. I’m published by Knopf (The Kidnap Plot), WordFire Press(City of the Saints, Rock Band Fights Evil, The Buza System), and Baen (Witchy Eye).
I was also Acquisitions Editor at WordFire, from 2016 to 2018.
I tweet: @DavidJohnButler. I’m on Goodreads (somewhat passively), and you can reach me at email@example.com.
I am represented by Deborah Warren of East/West Literary.
My writing group is the Story Monkeys: Platte Clark, Michael Dalzen, Erik Holmes and Eric Patten. I perform semi-improvised interactive theater at sci-fi and fantasy conventions with the Space Balrogs: Holli Anderson, James Wymore, Jason King, Craig Nybo, and David J. West.
My wife Emily is also a novelist, and sometimes she and I work on projects together. Learn more about her and her writing at emilywritesbooks.com.