David Shaw – Author Interview

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

The Dysfunctional Father’s Guide to Pregnancy, Birth and Babies … a light hearted look at starting a family combined with serious advice on many subjects.

Tell us something about yourself.

I was born in London, England and moved to Canada when I was six years old. Studied advertising at the Ontario College of Art but got into publishing with my first job as a junior designer at McClelland & Stewart. Have designed close to 1000 books and illustrated at least 50 of them. Co-authored another first time father’s guide with Marvin Ross called Daddy Dearest back in the late 70s.

What inspired you to write this book?

The book is written by two anonymous American lawyers (known only as XY) and is based on their experiences of starting families.

How did you publish this book? Why did you decide on that publisher?

The book was published by Bridgeross Communications of Dundas, Ontario. It was decided that the book would be less likely to be lost in the shuffle of it were put in the hands of a smaller publisher (with an active interest in the subject matter).

How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?

Although I studied advertising I became aware at the time of my graduation (from art college) that the advertising profession was not for me. I broke into publishing and have stayed there pretty much ever since.

What do you believe is the hardest part of writing?

Getting started. I have become a terrible procrastinator. This interview is a good example of that.

How do you do research for your books?

A combination of personal experience and imagination mostly.

Did you learn anything from writing this book? What?

How to submit books for publication in ways other than camera ready artwork.

What are you reading now?

Too many to list but most recently I am rereading Neil Postman’s Building a Bridge to the Eighteenth Century.

What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors? Why?

Books that make me think. A few of my favourite authors: Mervyn Peake, Oscar Wilde, J.D. salinger, Neil Postman, Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi, Flannery O’Connor, H.P. Lovecraft, Michael Chabon, Theodore Roszak, Milton Glaser, Robert Bringhurst.

Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?

I always have a book in the works. Currently working on a children’s book about pirate rats and scottie dogs … I’m co-writing it with an anthropologist friend in the US.

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

Keep plugging away and try to minimize the distractions.

What are you doing to promote your latest book?

Working with Bridgeross … have done a reading at a library and have sent things like cover files to places they suggest.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

Facebook … Bridgeross Communications … Amazon