Are we in for a treat today!! Thank you for coming to talk to us today Dan and a personal thanks for the beautiful photos below! I’m hoping my ‘probing’ questions will let us get to know the talented D.w. Skinner a bit better…
You have been credited on many book covers as photographer, what made you want to appear as Author?
I’ve had this story (Memorizing You) in my plans to do since Coverboy was first released in 2008. I just got so busy with the photography that it kept getting pushed back. Then, as we started making strides toward marriage equality throughout the United States, I thought it was time to write something that was mainstream. I give an in depth report on how it came about in my gallery journal on deviant art here:
How did it feel when Coverboy was published by Dreamspinner Press?
Coverboy was another story I wanted to get out of my system. It was a story of how love can find a way through any adversity and change people. It was my first m/m piece and I was surprised to find out from a lot of m/m writers that it was their first m/m read and made them decide to write it as well. That’s always a compliment …but it was really written for myself. To tell the truth I didn’t expect many people to read it because I wasn’t a recognized author.
Memorizing You is a very different kind of novel, what inspired you to write this novel and why the three year gap between the books?
The gap was actually because I was literally buried in work. But a lot was going on in my life a little over a year ago that made me finally get up off my butt and start to get it done. I think writing is therapy for any author. It really helped. I mean I actually started running again because the main character, David does it… life imitates…
Did you base the characters of David and Ryan on anyone you know/knew?
No one I know or knew. But I drew upon the characters of Gene and Finny from A Separate Peace… which I have always considered to be the first gay novel. Even though it really isn’t. But it does show how friendship can become something more…
What made you want to write in addition to being a photographer?
I’ve always written. I write out scripts for my shoots. This just happened to be a longer script. lol But if you read it… you will see that I parcelled every scene like a motion picture screenplay. I wrote this to be a movie. It’s very visual.
You have made no secret of your decision to change your photography genre to m/m romance and erotica, (which I personally have no problem with ;) !!) did you have any problems in career terms undertaking this change?
Tons of problems. Too many to name. But you can imagine beginning with the haters. But I was on a mission. I had something to do and wasn’t going to let anything stop me.
Your photos always seem to tell stories, do you have a story in mind when you organise a photographic session?
Always. But recently I have given in to letting the models make up their own stories or fantasies so that we have a wider variety, and a different “feel” to the portraits.
Do you ever hold exhibitions of your photographic work?
I’ve never had an exhibition. I’m just not that organized.
I adore the cover for G.A Hauser’s Down and Dirty, very hot, and so perfect for that book’s title. How does it work do you set up a picture for a particular cover or do you do gorgeous photos that authors can choose from?
I just shoot pics and post them and let the authors find what works for them. Occasionally I do specific requests when authors like a particular model and he’s available.
Is it possible to purchase copies of your photos online?
I sell to authors all the time. I usually post online on FB and people nab them from there or I work specifically with a publisher or an author to find what they need. It would be near impossible to put up a stock site to sell what’s available because I shoot all the time and wouldn’t have the capacity to maintain it. So I prefer to work with everyone one on one and personal.
Memorizing You was outstanding, can we hope to see another novel from Dan Skinner and do you have any w.i.p.?
I have three W.I.P. I work on them in between the shoots. Hopefully should have one out this year before too long.
If you ever had to choose between your talented pursuits, which would you choose, writing or photography and why?
I don’t think I could choose. I think they wrap together nicely for what I have to express. I would love to do a photographic graphic novel which would combine them. That would be my ideal goal to accomplish.
How is your trainer doing and did you ever get to photograph him whilst out running together? lol.
He’s doing fine. We’re not much into photographing him just to keep his privacy here in town. There is the likelihood that he will be accompanying MJ and myself to the GRL because I know everyone wants to meet him, and I will need someone to work me out in the hotel gym everyday! lol
Knowing how busy he is many thanks again to Dan for his time and his beautiful photos! Dan has generously offered an ebook copy of his wonderful, ‘Memorizing You’ to the lucky commenter. Competition for Dan’s book closes 10th March. You can see my review of Memorizing You on PBA today as well.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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