Author Profile – Daniel Humphreys

About Daniel Humphreys

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Dan grew up in a small town in southern Indiana. His parents divorced before his first birthday, so he doesn’t even remember having a two-parent household.
He was a always a bookworm growing up; it was not uncommon for him to check out twenty or thirty books at a time from the  public library.
Around third grade, this amazing kid got an adult library card and started checking out Stephen King books. The increased vocabulary he garnered from his more advanced readings got him into trouble a few times.

First steps

Dan believes that a desire to write and the love of reading go hand in hand, but it wasn’t until 5th grade that he realized you could tell a story and be compensated for it, rather than just getting a grade. His school had a creative writing contest to win tickets to see “The Land Before Time” on opening night. Like every 10-year old, he was a nut for dinosaurs.

He was always a very laid back kid, more lackadaisical than competitive, but he remembers telling himself that he was going to win a ticket. And he did, with a handwritten story, on double-sided wide-ruled notebook paper that ran, if as he recalls, about ten or eleven pages. Even then, he tended to go on and on.

Becoming a Writer

Progressing through junior high and high school, Daniel kept writing, laying weird stories on friends or teachers when they made the mistake of assigning them. By then, he’d moved out to Phoenix to live with my father. he even got the idea in his head that he was going to go to college and major in creative writing. Thankfully for his future prospects, he decided against that and began his career in IT. Getting his own, semi-modern computer was a big stepping point for him. (see blog post here: https://daniel-humphreys.net/2018/09/22/freeawfulnovel-parts-14-and-15-end-of-the-box/)
By the time Daniel turned 22, he’d written four full-length novels. The first three weren’t much to talk about, but the fourth one … he felt  he had something worth publishing. He went through the process of submitting to agents, checking the mail every day for the inevitable rejections, and paging through his copy of Writer’s Market to see if there were any possibilities he’d missed.
And then … one day it wasn’t a rejection!

Ups and Downs

The problem was, the agent who didn’t reject him turned out to be a notorious scammer.  (Background info here: https://accrispin.blogspot.com/2006/04/victoria-strauss-lisa-hackneymelanie.html). He was canny enough to recognize that certain things she said rang his alarm bells, and he reached out to a couple of the authors she claimed to have gotten deals. At least one of them was a shill account, because within an hour of sending an e-mail inquiring as to their satisfaction with Melanie’s representation, his “agent” sent him an email terminating his contract.
He’d dodged a bullet, but the fact that the only agent he could get turned out to be a scammer was a huge blow to his confidence. He posted a snippet from his novel on the web forum of a writer he respected, seeking input, only to have it shredded. Dan has thick enough skin to take constructive criticism, but this struck him as unnecessarily harsh. He thought it might be something about the way he’d asked, or his relative youth, but he took it pretty hard.

Life goes on

For the next decade or so, Dan put his dreams on the back burner. He focused on his career, met the wonderful woman who became his wife, and started a family. Once in a while, he’d write a something, but that little doubting voice in the back of his head would always pop up, and he’d shelve it after writing a few chapters.
In the summer of 2014, Dan earned a promotion at work to a virtual office job, and he suddenly had lots of spare time. He finished up long-overdue remodeling projects, and one day his wife asked if he ever thought about returning to writing. He had,  but he’d never really done anything with it. It’s safe to say she pushed him back into it, and he has no regrets. It was the push that started him on his career as a published writer.

Back on track

Dan took some writing classes, made some networking connections with other writers  and started writing seriously. He published his first novel, A Place Outside The Wild, in September 2016, and he’s put out four more since—two self-published, and two through a traditional publisher.

Daniel lives in Indiana with his wife and family. He enjoys science fiction movies, target shooting, and tinkering with computers. He has spent his entire career in corporate IT and suffers from elevated blood pressure due to a lifelong love of the Arizona Cardinals.

A Place Outside the Wild

A Place Outside The Wild (Z-Day Book 1) by [Humphreys, Daniel]A story about tripping and falling into your dreams. Goals grow and change over time, or they should. His first novel was a 2017 Dragon Award finalist–he’d love to win one day, because that’s a sweet-looking trophy.

Eight years after Z-Day, the surviving remnants of mankind face the unknown. The fences and walls kept the ravenous undead at bay until they wasted away. A once overwhelming foe has turned feeble and weak, and a world gone wild seems ripe for reclamation. The scars of the long war run deep. And hope is a dangerous thing when the real enemy might just be the survivors themselves.

A Place Called Hope

A Place Called Hope (Z-Day Book 2) by [Humphreys, Daniel]The survivors built a community and called it Hope. After eight years, they allowed themselves to think that the zombie scourge was ending; the hordes fading away in the face of time.

But the enemy they thought extinct was evolving – growing faster, stronger, and more cunning. The timely return of the much-depleted 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, US Marine Corps helped turn the tide of one battle. The prospect of renewed war against a different type of enemy will require sterner stuff and serious firepower. Now, they must go far beyond the overgrown wastes they call the wild in a desperate attempt to recover vital military equipment that will determine whether the future of mankind is one for the living – or for the dead.


Latest release! A Place for War
Book 3 in the Z-Day series 

A Place For War (Z-Day Book 3) by [Humphreys, Daniel]“We stand on the brink, ready to reclaim this continent. Our fight today is not for resources or supplies. We’re coming home.” The future is now.

Equipped with a mix of primitive and bleeding-edge technologies, the US military is bringing everything we have left to bear against the zombie horde. The evolution of the infected into vicious alpha predators has made old tactics dangerous and obsolete. It’s time to break out the big guns.

Meanwhile, Miles Matthews leads a small team on a last-ditch mission deep into infected territory. Miles and his team will be on their own, surrounded, and outnumbered. Succeed, and they end the alphas’ reign of terror. Fail, and they join the horde. Will this be our last stand, or the final victory in a decade-long nightmare?

What’s Next?

When asked what he is working on at the moment, this was his reply: “I’m about halfway through the the third book in the Paxton Locke urban fantasy series: “Come, Seeling Night”, which finishes up the story arc started in “Fade” and “Night’s Black Agents.”


Vicki’s Comments.

Isn’t Dan a likable person? I really admire the way he went through so many ups and downs—and didn’t give up— on the road to a successful career. He seems to have handled the course very well and deserves his more success and happiness.

Update

What have I been up to? I’m still working on the revision of my name book, Names of the World. Yesterday I had to ditch a whole index of more than 29,000  names and nationalities because several hundred were corrupted and it would take weeks to repair them.

Book sales

A few years ago, I let it be known that I would donate 50% of my royalties to charities I support—Doctors without Borders, and the UN Refugee Agency. So far, I haven’t made any extra donations. I really would like to be able to give more, but I can’t do it without help. I need to sell some books.

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