Dave Rudden

Posted by Sue Leonard on Saturday 26th March 2016

As a young kid, Dave told stories to his classmates. A lonely child, he would walk, and make up movies in his head. Dave started writing at college, posting on fan forum sites.

“They were my training ground. I taught myself character and structure. I loved the feedback, positive and negative; there was a lovely sense of community.”

After college, Dave taught English in the school he had attended, where his father was vice principal.

“I tried to make people care about fiction.”

Then, after a year spent teaching in Egypt, unemployed, he did some random teaching, and he performed a lot of poetry. Some short stories were published and he won the Fantasy Book Review. Encouraged, he signed up for a Masters in UCD.

“We were asked to write the first chapter of a novel. It was the first time I had written in my own voice. I wrote the first draft of my debut in eight months. Then I got my agent, Clare Wallace from the Darley Anderson Agency.”

Who is Dave Rudden.

Date of birth: 13th February 1988 in County Cavan.

Education: St Mogues College in Bawnboy, Co Cavan; St Patrick’s College in Drumcondra: BA in Arts. University College Dublin: Masters in Creative Writing.

Home:  Drumcondra, Dublin.

Family: My friends. I am blessed with different groups for different parts of myself.

The Day Job:  Fulltime writer. “I teach workshops in schools, and do a lot of library events.”

Interests: Computer and video games; “I love the clever narrative in them.” TV and film. Acting. Running.

Favourite Writers: Terry Pratchett; Neil Gaiman; Georg R.R. Martin; Robert Jordan; Jim Butcher; Gail Simone, Margaret Atwood.

Second Novel: “The deal was for a trilogy. Book two is done; I’m well into first draft of book.  three.”

Top Tip: Don’t wait for perfection. Write it; let it be bad, write it again, make it better.

Twitter: @d­_ruddenwrites

The Debut: Knights of the Borrowed Dark: Puffin: €9.99 Kindle: €5.52.

When Denizen Hardwick is ambushed by a monster created from shadows, he discovers there is a world beyond the one he knows. It’s a world of living darkness where an unseen enemy awaits.

The Verdict: Max Lara, (11,) says, ‘An Awesome book full of action, adventure, and suspense.’

 Published in the Irish Examiner, March 26th.

© Sue Leonard. 2016

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