D. B. Reynolds is an author, screenwriter, computer expert, and a chartered member of the Writer’s Guild Association, the Writer’s Lab and the Writer’s Place. D. B. has published articles on various subjects in several literary magazines. In 2002, he made a guest appearance on the nationally-syndicated television show, The Sally Jessy Raphael Show, to talk about his experiences in foster care and the present state of foster care. His newly published fantasy novel, Master of Plagues, was written to enlighten readers about the powerful correlation between magic and morality. D. B. currently resides in his hometown of Kansas City, Missouri.
You can visit him at http://www.dbreynolds.net
Q: Thank you for this interview, Dewey. Can you tell us what your latest book, Master of Plagues, is all about?
A: Master of Plagues is the story about a former college student who exercises his mastery over Earthly creatures and elements through a magical Hebrew talisman.
Q: Can you tell us a little about your main and supporting characters?
A: The main character’s name is Stuart Duffelmeyer. He is super intelligent, yet highly sensitive. Stuart uses his supernatural powers to eradicate some of the evils that exist on Earth. At the same time, he goes after a group of pranksters who tormented him during their college years. His mentor is the spirit of a man named Rabbi Irwin Wedemeyer. Rabbi Wedemeyer assists Stuart in his journey to restore some order to the Earth.
Q: Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?
A: They are certainly based on real people. But at the same time, there are characters based totally on imagination.
Q: Are you consciously aware of the plot before you begin a novel, or do you discover it as you write?
A: It’s a combination of both. Sometimes, I can be conscious of the plot well before I sit down in front of my computer. Other times, it comes to me as the creative juices are flowing.
Q: Your book is set in New York City. Can you tell us why you chose this city in particular?
A: I consider New York City to be the heartbeat of America and pretty much the world. So much has happened and is currently happening in this city. I found it to be the perfect backdrop for a fantasy novel.
Q: Does the setting play a major part in the development of your story?
A: The setting does play a major part in the development since several of the characters are present and former students at NYU.
Q: Open the book to page 69. What is happening?
A: One of the tormentors of Stuart Duffelmeyer, Anthony Greenstein, arrogantly enters the first level of his business empire inside Greenstein Towers there in mid Manhattan.
Q: Can you give us one of your best excerpts?
A: One of the best excerpts in Master of Plagues is when Stuart exercises his powers to save an infant who is dying inside a pediatric emergency room.
Q: Thank you so much for this interview, Dewey. We wish you much success!
A: Thank you very much. There are other novels to follow.