Interviewing David Erik Nelson

Interviewing David Erik Nelson

BLOGVIEW with David Erik Nelson | The Never Expiring Story

(left: Gabie - Tea End Blog | right: David Erik Nelson)

David Erik Nelson, an essayist, freelance writer, and award-winning science fiction author whose stories have appeared in Asimov’s and The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, also so happens to be the author of a Summer Reading Series hosted by Arbor Teas. “Expiration Date” is a science fiction “till death do we part” love story which follows a couple in a relationship on fast-forward.

In the Interview below, you will discover Nelson’s inspiration, how he creatively merges science fiction and love, inspiration behind his D.I.Y books, and his secret to completing a work of fiction.

BLOGVIEW with David Erik Nelson | The Never Expiring Story

- bio derived from David Erik Nelson Amazon Author Page

Gabie: First and foremost, isn’t Arbor Teas just great for providing another opportunity for tea sipping bookworms to indulge in a great story? How excited were you to be the featured author for Arbor Teas’ Summer Reading Series 2017?

David Erik Nelson: Indeed! I’ve known Jeremy and Aubrey for a long time—heck, Jer has been spending some holidays with my family every year for almost 25 years now—and we’ve often bounced ideas off of each other.

When Jeremy first told me about the Summer Reading Series a year or two back, I got so excited about the idea that I immediately started rattling off authors I knew who might be a good fit. Jeremy had to actually stop me and explain that he wasn’t just bouncing the idea off of me, but asking me to consider participating. Of course, I was totally on-board in a heartbeat.

Gabie: How cool! It’s nice that you have a personal relationship with the founders of Arbor Teas. Never hurts to have friends in the tea business (smiling). You can imagine that there may be quite a few school-aged individuals reading “Expiration Date” this summer. However, writing for younger ones is second nature to you, isn’t it? Can you tell us a little about your previous work, such as “Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred”, and can you also reveal the inspiration for your work?

David Erik Nelson: "Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred" and "Junkyard Jam Band" are both DIY books (I often describe them as “geeky craft books”— Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred is subtitled “Seriously Geeky Stuff to Make with Your Kids,” and that pretty much sums it up). I used to teach at an alternative K thru 12. The projects in "Snip, Burn..." were all based on the sorts of things I used to do with my students. About half of "Snip, Burn..." ended up being music-related—I was never a very musical person, but my students were, and I learned a lot from spending time with them—and so my second DIY book, "Junkyard Jam Band", is entirely dedicated to “making the Good Noise.”

I’ve also done a turn writing/editing textbooks (about a dozen of those, I think) and articles for reference books (probably hundreds of those), business columns, op-ed columns, straight reporting, marketing copy. And, of course, I’ve been writing and publishing fiction for about 20 years, give or take.