In my second author interview, I catch up with David T. Bosquez, author of Norse-inspired poetry collection, A Call from the Gods.
I have known David for a few years now so I am very excited that he is one of the first in my series of author interviews!
David’s Norse-inspired poetry collection, A Call From the Gods, was released in September 2021. This is a fantastic collection, split into both a Personal Collection of poems written by David for himself (and exclusive to this collection), and Odin’s Beard Woodworking Collection. The latter were written for and commissioned by a friend of David’s, Matthew Petrey at Odin’s beard Woodworking.
I particularly enjoyed the Personal Collection, which is all very moving and perfectly articulates internal struggles with depression and mental health. I loved the first poem, I am the Enemy, which articulates that battle within ourselves and I loved its comparison to a battlefield in an abyssal realm. Another favourite was No Surrender, which also looks at mental health but gives strength through Eir’s light: “Indeed you are broken,” her voice says to me. “Though do not despair, Warrior, For you are stronger than this enemy.”
Tell me about yourself – where do you live, your home life, your career, and your writing.
Well, my name is David T. Bosquez, and I live in Corbin, Kentucky at the moment. I currently live with my girlfriend Samantha, and I have three children from a previous marriage, and one boy due in November. I am a US Army veteran, and have been working on my writing as a hobby for as long as I can remember, but only in the last four or five years decided to be serious and try to make some money at it.
Have you always wanted to be a writer?
Yes, actually. Admittedly I wrote a lot more as a kid than I have in my adult life, which as I said previously, I have remedied the last few years. I write every day at this point, be it in my journal or in world-building for my Dungeons and Dragons games. I make sure it’s a discipline that I continue to cultivate. Kind of a learn and grow mentality.
Did you write many books/stories before A Call From the Gods was published?
No, actually. Aside from the poems included in the book as a collection, I actually published less writing and instead, a few indie games (not very good ones, mind you. Haha!) that I am content to say that I ended up building more lore around than they were built for. I found that the more I tried to make games, the more I would get caught up in the world building and lore writing. Leaving me, oftentimes, with unfinished projects or half finished jam games. Took me a long time to admit to myself that I enjoyed the process of writing more than programming and game design. I still make games, of course. It’s just become a hobby, and taken a back seat to my writing.
Outside of the “published” work, I do have a series of smaller stories I wrote about a character named Throgir Wulfbane, who is a barbarian warrior from the mountains. It has a small group of fans that I send small pieces of stories to read, but I’ve not actually published a book for him yet. Though, that is something I’ve been thinking about.
Where did your ideas and inspiration come from?
Everything. My life experiences, my friends and family, my children, and of course my favorite writers. Movies, shows, and games have some inspiring qualities, but I find the writing and storytelling process for those mediums to be far different and niche-like to translate well to literary writing.
What is your writing desk like?
Well, I actually have two. One is a folding table in a spare bedroom that I use as an office space and storage. This one is cluttered with notebooks, pens, index cards, loose papers, etc. Whatever is currently involved in my projects. It’s not organized, very chaotic, and not at all what most people would think a writer’s desk would be like, but it’s quiet and secluded. I can think there.
The other, which is where I do most of my typing, is in the corner of my living room by a window. It’s much more organized and neat. This is where I usually go to “write” my book/s, but the majority of my work is done in an area that looks like it was pillaged by a barbarian… and that’s because it was.
Do you have a writing routine?
I don’t actually. There is no special technique or schedule in my repertoire. I just make sure I am writing something everyday. I keep a journal or notebook of some kind and a pen with me at all times. I take notes about things that pop into my head, scribble lines and poetry, sketch. My notebook is probably about as chaotic as my work desk, and that works for me.
Has COVID and lockdowns changed your writing goals — either inspired you to write more (or start writing!), or negatively?
It has. That’s actually one of the reasons I decided to move forward with my career as an author. I look back at some of my favorite writers, and see how they lived and worked during the 1920s and 30s. I see how they persevered through a time much harder and unforgiving, and that is what truly inspired me to take the leap. It’s also taken my mind off of the hardships I’ve faced, am facing, and the world at large. I think that’s something we could all use, here and there. Not an ignorance to reality, but a good break from it all is healthy.
Why did you decide to go self-published? What was the process like?
I chose to be self published, mostly because of the resources available to do so. To be my own boss, and to present my writing as I want it seen. I think if the authors before us could see how good we have it in the modern literary world, they’d be astounded, and probably envious of it.
What have people’s reactions been when you tell them that you are a published author?
Honestly, most of my family and friends have responded with some form of “It’s about damn time!” Of course, I’m also told that they are proud of me and happy for me, which is a pleasant shift from the constant negativity of going to work at 9-to-5.
The most memorable reaction was having someone praise the poetry in A Call From The Gods, and that has stuck with me. It’s something that if you had told me 10 years ago would be real, I’d have laughed and brushed it off. Depression is a cruel friend, but one I struggle with. So, to have something so positive come from something I’ve written is a refreshing experience.
What is your favourite thing about being an author? What have been your favourite or more proud moments?
Seeing people genuinely happy and enjoying my work. I have never felt a more uplifting and wholesome experience than seeing someone read my poetry and smile. Or detailing how their day was brightened by a reading. Seeing joy from a reader is an experience that I only saw other writers and authors achieve. To have that myself is euphoric.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? (Either about writing or just life in general!)
The best advice I’ve ever been given was to keep a journal. I don’t mean like my notebook for notes and scribbles, but a diary. One that I can contemplate on my day and life, and write about my thoughts and feelings. This is outside of my normal daily writing, and I do it every night before bed. It has helped with various factors in my life, and being able to look back and see where I was or how I thought and felt about something in the past has been educational, to say the least. It’s something that most of the great men and women of history have done, and I think it’s an art that’s been lost and should be brought back.
What are some of your favourite indie authors and bloggers?
Jenna Moreci and Michael La Ronn are the two writers and bloggers I highly recommend. I enjoy their writing, and their video content on writing. If you want to learn about the writing process and are looking for a starting place, these are my recommendations.
Can you share one of your favourite quotes from A Call From the Gods?
I don’t really have any single quote from the book, but I do have a favorite stanza. The last poem I wrote for the book was a poem called “2 Pills”. The final stanza of that poem was without a doubt the hardest and most emotional poetry I’ve ever written. The poem itself was, but that last stanza was deeply personal, and I will share that with you.
I feel like a broken spoke on a bike wheel.
I keep spinning in circles till I collapse on myself
Then all those around get caught in the blood spill.
And I don’t feel like these doctors can hear me
Because they all just want me to swallow the next
But I think the next one I might try is in the
And maybe it’ll finally bring some peace to all this
You see, there’s not really any end to what’s wrong
With me, so I just keep moving forward.
Just keep pressing on.
Pressing with all my weight
Against all these walls.
Then I lift my head high, and swallow the next
About David T Bosquez
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