Q&A with Dan O'Brien

1. You've written over 20 books. What is the hardest thing about coming up with new material?

 I can honestly say that finding new material is the easiest part. Often what gives me pause is how I am ever going to finish the long lsit of titles that are scribbled on scraps of paper and on my whiteboards in my office.

2. There's a post on your blog about criticism stating: If you can be talked out of being a writer, then you are not a writer. What drives you to keep writing? 

I look at how it makes me feel. Writing provides a window into how small we really are. A book, no matter how long or short, is an honest representation of how we see the world. Even if we try and hide our intentions, they bleed through in subtext. Plus, who is going to write all these stories if I suddenly decided to give up. 

3. In you book, Mondays with Mephistopheles, the psychologist has some pretty interesting clientele. If you were a psychologist who would be your dream patient (living or dead)?

I was almost a psychologist. I completed my gradaute work in psychology and contemplated going all in as a professor or taking the counselor route. If I could have have a dream patient, I think it would be somoene like Da Vinci or another great artist. 

4. You're currently working on the next book in the Lauren Westlake series. What can fan expect in this sequel? 
I am uping the ante. For starters, I am releasing a chapter a week on my blog. Lauren is going deeper into this world that was cracked open every so slightly in BittenDrained offers new challenges, villains, friends, and some new character development. There are vampries in the book, but that is truly only the tip of the iceberg. http://thedanobrienproject.blogspot.com/2014/04/your-weekly-dose-drained-chapter-1.html

5. Where can our readers find out more about you, your books, and your projects? 
Definitely stop by the blog (http://thedanobrienproject.blogspot.com/2014/04/your-weekly-dose-drained-chapter-1.html) and you can also find me on Twitter (@AuthorDanOBrien) and on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/authordanobrien). I am always pretty active unless I come into an abundance of work.