LoveRites Celebrated Author
June 2003

Brian Dana Akers

Previous Authors: Maggie Davis, Kathy Chwedyk

Brian Dana Akers’s Homepage

List of Brian Dana Akers’s work available for purchase through LoveRites:

The Hatha Yoga Pradipika. Translated by Brian Dana Akers.

“Djinnetic Code.”

“Death Looked Down.”

“May/December at the Mall.”

Check out Brian Dana Akers’s Nonfiction Works

Talk City Interview

Honorable Mention, fourth quarter of 1995, Writers of the Future Contest.

First Place, June 1972, Glenbrook Exposition. Paper on exobiology presented to an amateur astronomy convention.
    Interview with Brian Dana Akers

    Q. What led you to writing?

    Let me think. It’s been a while since I started. Ultimately, why does anyone do anything? Often the root causes of one’s life remain a mystery.

    One thing that led me to writing was that I loved to read—especially science fiction when I was in high school. The idea of actually doing it myself slowly grew on me in my 20s when I was working full-time for “the man.” I didn't like it. The idea of staying cozied up at home with a computer and spinning tales seemed so much more appealing.

    Is it a calling for me? That’s harder to say. If one is living an aware life, a life of growth and development, one can have many callings. Think of the people who take a vacation to Africa and then drop everything to devote themselves to protecting wildlife. Writing can be a calling in itself, or a powerful tool in the service of other callings.

    Q. What was the first book you had published and when?

    My first story, a novelette about a Hindu priest in Calcutta circa 2070, appeared in an anthology in 1997. (My web site has a complete bibliography.) It was tremendously exciting to receive that first book in the mail! It came after years of work and seventy-seven rejection slips. I couldn't believe I had finally done it. I left it on the coffee table in the living room and picked it up first thing every morning for about three weeks till it sunk in.

    Q. Some successful authors say write what you know. Others say use your imagination. What do you say?

    You combine the two. One of the best things about writing is that you get to learn new things. All kinds of things in all kinds of ways—searching the Internet, leafing through reference works, handling a weapon yourself, taking a canoe or a balloon ride, smelling a flower you’ve never smelt before. It’s a great occupation for autodidacts.

    Q. Who are some of your favorite authors?

    The giants of SF: Asimov, Clarke, Heinlein, Bradbury. As one grows up, then people like Aldiss and Zelazny. My favorite novel may be “The Financial Expert” by R. K. Narayan. Unfortunately, these days my reading consists almost wholly of email, web sites, and a few magazines!

    Q. What is your most recent work and what can we expect from you next?

    My most recent work is quite different from my creative writing. It’s a translation of a medieval Yoga text from Sanskrit into English. It took me a year to write about eight hundred sentences. It was very painstaking.

    What’s next? Depends on the muse! I’ve often written first drafts of short stories in a single sitting, so it doesn’t have to take long.

    Q. Any advice or words you want to leave with our community of writers?

    Hmmm. That’s an impossible question. Every writer has many different needs and questions and requires different input and advice at different times in their career.

    I will say that every writer needs patience, practice, and persistence. And the ability to learn continuously and teach oneself. And a thick skin, while simultaneously retaining sensitivity.

    And if you think it’s easy, you’re dreaming.

    My thanks to AJ and Loverites for inviting me to share my thoughts with you. It was fun!

    —Brian Dana Akers