David Whitaker

Hubris Humbled, flash fiction, issue 48, September 2019

David Whitaker is originally from the UK though has travelled around a bit and now resides in India. He has a degree in Journalism, however decided that as he's always preferred making things up it should ultimately become a resource rather than a profession. 

Get to know David...


June 1987

When did you start writing?

From an exceedingly early age! I got given a typewriter for my 4th birthday as I’d already started showing an interest.

When and what and where did you first get published?

My first published piece was a brief essay detailing my journey as a writer, submitted to a competition by The Writers College Times. It was published in February 2017, and is still available online (http://www.writerscollegeblog.co.za/neuroses-nirvana/)

Why do you write?

I write because I love the act of creation. To be able to build something from scratch, something that can take you away from reality, is to me a kind of magic.

Why do you write Science Fiction and/or Fantasy?

I write Science Fiction and Fantasy because I think if you’re going to build another world, it may as well be one which is as far removed from our own as possible. That’s where imagination can take greatest flight.

Who is your favorite author? Your favorite story?

I grew up loving the works of Terry Pratchett. An amazing writer, he could reimagine the mundane into something fantastical, and funny, and full of heart. My favourite story of his is ‘Mort’, in which Death is personified and takes on a human apprentice.

What are you trying to say with your fiction?

I never really try to say anything too deep with my fiction. If I am, it’s usually to do with how we could all be nicer to one another.

If you could write your own epitaph, what would it say?

If you can read this, you’re standing on my face.

Do you blog?

I don’t blog, but I do have a website where all my stories and published works can be found, and which I update as soon as new work comes out: wordsbydavid.com

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