David Beshears is a writer with a mission. After his son was severely injured in an IED blast in Afghanistan, David started his own publishing company to raise funds for a community center for others who are disabled. In this interview, David tells his story and discusses his extensive and insightful marketing experience and advice for indies.
1. Tell me briefly about your books – what are they about and what motivated you to write them?
First of all there’s Climb the Mountain, the story of our struggle to bring our son back from severe traumatic brain injury after he was injured in Afghanistan. We spent six weeks at Walter Reed in Washington, DC, seven months at the Polytrauma facility in Palo Alto, California, and now home in Washington State.
While our focus these past few years has been our son, my literary interest is primarily science fiction, though I occasionally drift to fantasy, horror, young adult, and even dark comedy from time to time. I’ve been writing since I was twelve. I wrote a short story for extra credit when I was in the sixth grade. The next day, my teacher handed me an empty theme book. She told me to fill it up with stories. The purpose in writing Climb the Mountain, and in publishing this and all my titles through our own company, was to support the creation of a community center for people with disabilities and their families. After bringing our son home, we found there to be a critical need for such a facility.
2. How have your sales been?
Sales rise and fall depending on how actively I’m marketing. When I’m pushing, I sell; when I’m not pushing, nothing. So we’re in the 100s, not the 1000s.