About

davefarmerDave Farmer escaped the crowded industry of the West Midlands, England, in 1999 and has enjoyed the big skies and open country of rural Cambridgeshire every day since. Although his Midland accent has softened he still refuses to pronounce it ‘parth’ and ‘barth’ because it doesn’t feel right in his mouth.

He works in Human Resources, which he insists is more exciting than people realise, yet his true passion lies with telling stories. The Range was born out of his love for all things zombie and apocalyptic, coupled with what true friendship really means to him.

When not writing he resumes the hunt for the perfect sandwich, capturing dying moments of a golden sunset, playing with the family dogs, or exploring strange new virtual worlds.

The subject of how to survive the end of days, should it ever happen, is a frequent talking point around the dinner table.

And yes, Cambridge is as posh as everyone thinks.

Writing is a funny game.

That’s the book cover bio blurb out-of-the-way. Now it’s just you and I. Come closer, reader, and let’s get to know one another.

Aside from working on The Range I thrive on connecting with you, dear blog reader, and try to post at least once a week, real life issues pending. When not working, writing or blogging I spend quality time with family, friends and other monsters from video games and MMO’s.

It’s my nature to create stories, characters and worlds.

I won’t do the patronising thing and insist that a writer and the common folk see different worlds because that means jack shit. We all see the world differently. Our senses are tuned to receive input and measuring one’s experiences against another’s is nought but folly.

I write because I must. If the world crumbled away, and every computer, pen, pencil, paint, canvas, paper etc vanished, I’d scrawl my words in blood across the rocks because my inner writer can’t keep the stories dammed up forever.

Maybe one day I’ll see my book in a store. If that day comes and you, dear blog reader, happen to notice someone next to you, grinning like a loony, don’t be worried, it’s just me and my proud smile saying: “How ya doin dear book reader! I wrote that one!”

The background bit.

In High School, early 90’s, I wrote a book on my dad’s Apricot computer. You heard right, Apricot not Apple. I was into fantasy novels, The Lord of the Rings, Shannara, Magician, Terry Pratchett and so on, and my idea of a good story had to centre around elves, dark v light magic, epic battles, magical trinkets and every other fantasy concept I could lay my imagination on.

My first book was titled Wish and stretched, surprisingly, to around 90,000 words. When I think about it that’s quite an achievement for a 14-16-year-old. Especially since I spent a great deal of time with my friends, mountain biking, 10 pin bowling, playing football, building dens and roaming about – idyllic stuff you could say.

In my late teens I joined a local writers circle with my dad. I gained an insight into what the “craft” of writing meant. There were some outlandish characters gathered around the table each week and I’m grateful for what they taught me.

During my late teens and early 20’s I penned a range of novellas (10,000 to 30,000 word short stories) that covered various topics – sci-fi, action and adventure stuff mostly. They served as the foundations of my own craft.

My life up to my mid 20’s was kinda weird for reasons I won’t go into here, but I never stopped writing. I left behind the world of fantasy and found my funny bone. On a Commodore Amiga 500 I wrote a second novel called Unreal, a sci-fi parody. That went through half a dozen drafts before I grew weary of looking at the same words. The manuscript now sits in a file in a box somewhere, forgotten and lonely.

The more recent bit.

For a long time I’d wanted to write about a specific genre and in Summer 2011 I stopped mucking about with short stories and began writing grown up stuff.

I’m fascinated by zombies and apocalypse stories. With The Range I wanted my characters to behave like normal everyday people, not like in movies or books where the main characters suddenly know how to use guns and can hack off zombie heads like they’re made of paper.

I should point out there aren’t technically any zombies in The Range. Well…maybe, you’ll have to make that decision when you read it.

I wanted realism.

What if there were no guns? Would you really be able to kill someone if they were infected with a deadly virus? What if you can’t or won’t fight? Where would you run to? Do you stand by your friends no matter what danger faces you?

The Range is about real people making real choices.

There will be 3 books in the Bloodwalker Legacy series –  The Range, The Holt and The Retreat.

I’ve never been happier with my writing than right now. Even as I write this I have a smile on my face!

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41 thoughts on “About

  1. Nice to meet you noobie! My hubby is a huge WOW player–sometimes I get a bit irritated but usually I’m glad he’s doing something for the pure fun of it. I enjoyed your blog. Keep it up! –Judy

  2. Hey Judy! Thanks for the comment! WoW can be viewed as a strange hobby by those who don’t play, and it’s often talked about in hushed voices in case someone over hears the speak of the nerd! I don’t play as much as I used to but I keep popping back now and then! Thanks for your kind words!

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  4. What a great post….I can’t wait to read part one….I am a huge fantasy fan….have nearly all Terry Pratchett’s books and am really annoyed he has altzheimers!
    I am not sure how to do this story in progress thingie but will see if I can work it out.

  5. Hey Granny! I love Terry Pratchett’s stuff, it is a true shame he has Alzheimer’s. Did you happen to see the documentary about him and his life after being diagnosed? I’m sure you can find it online somewhere.

  6. Great to read about you and your writing adventure! I have never been a huge fantasy fan, however I have liked the twilight series 🙂 And good luck with the writing project!

  7. Hi Smilesnddreams, love the name! Thanks for the comment. I’ve just recently watched 2 of the twilight series and whilst I did enjoy them I found the second one lacking something, looking forward to the 3rd one, I forget the name now. Vampire stories do intrigue me, I thought Interview with a Vampire was very good, worth checking out if you haven’t seen it.

  8. Ah, Eclipse! That’s the one! Considering the old saying of its best to read the book before you see the movie, do you think It’s worth reading the books for the Twilight Saga even though I’ve seen the first 2 films?

  9. I read the books after I had already watched the movies and I have to say I was disappointed in the movies. Read the books there is more in the books than you will see in the film!

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  11. I love writing too. I started writing even since I was a teenager, then in French. And then in English when I move to the UK at 19. Unfortunately, I noticed the other day, writing has always gotten me into trouble – my mum used to read my “journal intime”, a casual boyfriend of mine hacked my computer to check what I had been up to behind his back (he didn’t like what he saw and made me pay for 6 months) and more recently my husband told me he read bits of the journals I (hand)wrote when I was trying to find myself in my late 20s, all written under the influence (of pot or hangovers)…apparently, he didn’t like what he saw either. When we split he suggested I should burn them too…(I don’t know if I could)

    I have started many a blog, some serious, some fun, some informative. I have none active anymore. Actually I do, but I am scared of carrying on – the first entry apparently was enough to mute some of my friends. The title of the blog is Warts and All and the entry is labelled “The day the world as I knew it stopped”…it talks about the night my husband pulled the plug on our relationship. I quite liked the entry, I thought it portrayed the emotion of the night very well, but I really didn’t expect the reaction I got from the four friends I sent it to to see what they thought, one went quiet, one cried, one apologized for not having understood quite how much the breakup had affected me (although I think that particular friend was just too wrapped up in her own shit to see outside her life, because frankly, when your husband pulls the plug on an 11 years relationship, of course it’s gonna hurt a bit more than a bit)

    I know my husband would kill me if he saw that blog, but how can you write about yourself without being too personal? Damn, some very juicy stuff has happened since that would make amazing reading, especially in the human behaviour spectrum (betrayal, sleep deprivation, extraordinary strength, renewal etc) but I freeze when I look at the blog….any advice?

    • Gosh, what drama! I think there can be a fine line between telling the entire truth and writing enough for it to be therapeutic & inspiring to others. When I started my blog I never imagined I’d write such an emotional piece about my Grandad or my Dad. There’s plenty of things I could write about but choose to leave out because it isn’t relevant in my life now.

      And then there’s the matter of confidentiality, to a degree, do you write about someone when it could damage or cause problems in their life? I don’t see any problems telling the truth, though sometimes we have to hold back just a little bit on some of the details. Having said that there’s a lot to be said for putting the truth out there if you feel it is necessary due to a wrong doing or a warning to others etc. After all we learn from each other and what better way to share than through a blog?

      Maybe your experiences would be an inspiration to others, you never know.

  12. I know what bugs me about blogging….It seems bloggers are mainly anonymous and I hate secrets so couldn’t do it under un nom de plume. I have seen many bloggers being “outed” and how damaging this was to them, until they realize that life goes on (Belle du jour, La Petite Anglaise). What is really so wrong about writing under your own name if what you talk about is your own true thoughts?

    • That’s one of the reasons I will be changing my blog title soon. I want to publicise my novel and having a cute/funky/mysterious/clever blog tag isn’t very professional, even though I love Noobcake! I’m currently editing my novel so I won’t be ready to make changes to my blog just yet.

      Nothing wrong with telling your own true thoughts. I read plenty of blogs where people speak their minds, and are supported for doing so.

  13. ps: I wasn’t talking about you btw when I complained about about anonymous bloggers, it seems you are reknowned 😉

  14. That’s my favourite pics…anyway, I have apparently launched myself properly in this blogging world…I hope I am not infringing anyone’s privacy…apart from the first 2 posts though, the rest is all about me, me, me, how selfish 😉

    ps: thanks for inspiring me 🙂

    • Most blogs are all about the blogger, with some exceptions obviously, but that’s what makes them so fascinating, they’re windows into other folks’ lives, so even those who deny being voyeurs can enjoy connecting with like minded people.

      Everyone has a story to tell even if they don’t lead complex or amazing lives.

  15. You have a great blog here. Your content seems very thorough, very honest, and very helpful. You leave me no choice but to subscribe.

    And I certainly can’t speak for anyone else, but I would take you seriously as Noobcake. A man who calls himself that, well, people know he’s not afraid of anything. 😉

  16. I wrote my first novel in 1968, my first year in college, after attending a Ray Bradbury author event. After that, I never stopped writing. I even changed my major and ended with a BA in journalism and then an MFA in writing in addition to seven years attending a weekly writing workshop out of UCLA’s extension writing program.

    Traditional Publishing is not the only path to become a published author.

    There is self-publishing where you pay a publisher, for example, Publish America, Lulu or iUniverse, but then you have that imprint and they publish anything and everything edited or not and it sort of taints good work by a dedicated writer. Association and all that.

    Then there is Indie Publishing, where you publish under your own imprint through LSI, Create Space, Amazon, Kindle, Smashwords, etc.

    An industry has sprouted around indie publishing where authors may find editors to edit the rough draft and artists to create a cover, etc.

    I’m sure you have heard of Amanda Hocking by now. She is an indie that went viral selling millions of copies, and then along came a traditional publisher that offered her a $2 million contract after she earned a few million as an indie author. It took her nine years after publishing her first work.

    The benefit of going Indie as Amanda Hocking did is the author earns more in royalties, had more control over his or her work, and promotion is the same as any traditional author. Publishers expect authors to promote the same way most dedicated indie authors promote.

    For example, my branded author’s platform is four Blogs and several Websites in addition to a Facebook page, Twitter account, etc.

    After a long writing journey from 1968 and more than a dozen book-length manuscripts, I self-published my first novel and two years later went Indie. I’m now an award winning, mid list author with sales approaching 11,000 copies.

    You have choices. For example, if you live in California, you may want to think about joining the California Writer’s Club that was founded by Jack London in 1909. The CWC is building a Publishing Pathways program for members to use to guide them through the publishing path he or she wants be it tradition, self-published or indie.

    Why wait? You have dedicated years to learning the craft of writing. Jump in the ocean and start swimming.

    • Lloyd, apologies, I never replied to your comment, for which I thank you. I’m working on a synopsis at the moment, which I’m finding more than a little tricky. My aim is to start working out how and who to contact about getting my novel out there. An agent feels like the logical choice instead of contacting publishers directly, though I’m open to suggest why that would be a wrong path to venture down.

      I’m prepared to try that method as I’d love to see my work in a bookshop one day. Having said that there is definite appeal in publishing on Kindle for example, something I’m not ruling out.

      I shall indeed be jumping in, after a few warm up exercises, and although the ocean looks kinda scary from the shore, I have a feeling it’s not so bad once I start swimming! Or at least I hope it isn’t.

      • Dave,

        Check with publishers to see if they accept unsolicited work. Most major houses do not do this and will only accept work that is represented by a reputable literary agent. The reason most publishers do not look at unsolicited work anymore is because there is too much of it and the cost is prohibitive to hire people to do this work.

        Instead, lit agencies have become the middle man for publishers. One agent husband and wife team successfully in the business for more than forty years talked to the writing club I belong to and we were told they reject about 99% of the manuscripts submitted to them and then they sent the 1% they accept to publishers and 99% of those are rejected. We were told it might take years for an agent to find a publisher willing to sign on a new author.

        That is why it helps to start building an author platform months and possibly years before publishing the first book. Publishers are more willing to look at work when an author has a popular Website/Blog with a large following.

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  18. hehehe you are soo a writer..thats the longest About Me I ever read..and I read it all! which is something as I normally just scan these things:) but sounds like you write about the stories I love to read (David Gemmell, Robin Hobb jump to my mind), so I shall now go and explore the rest of your blog…and I found your blog via my DD looking for a WOW board game and yours looks amazing it is EXACTLY what she wants..although we were wondering about the money 200 gold each time is gonna be mighty heavy:) anyway of to explore:)

    • Thanks for your kind comment. When I first set up my blog I debated whether to keep an About page short and sweet or push on and give what can be a rather limp and pointless page some solid meat and bones. It’s funny how considering my blog tends to lean toward writing, aside from my musings on life, one of the biggest draws is the WoW Monoply board.

      In regard to the gold issue, I figured it would be better to have paper money rather than actual gold, as yes that would very heavy to carry. Funny how that sort of weight issue is overlooked in Warcraft, a bit like carrying huge bags for loot which you never see weighing down any characters playing!

  19. Dave, I admit to unfollowing you a little while back as I was getting overwhelmed with reading people’s blog posts. I often feel this compulsion to comment rather than just like posts, but I’m trying to finish editing my novel and time is limited … you know how it is. But I’ve rather missed you, so now I’m going to follow you again. Do forgive me for the temporary desertion and please don’t set any zombies on me as punishment 😉

  20. Hello Dave,

    Did you sort out your eczema issue on your hands? I laughed so much at the bit where you said people advised you to not scratch it…They have obviously never experienced it, I personally would rather it was stinging, sore and weeping rather than itching…The itching is like no other itch. Just in case you still have it….raw, organic coconut oil is a great emollient. Try, if possible to avoid Betnovate as it’s a steroidal cream and works by thinning your skin..nice! I posted on a natural cures site on Facebook as mine has gone crazy on my face, nowhere else, except my face. I’ve had a wide range of suggestions..
    Colloidal silver, Zambuk (an African thing), tea tree oil which will work on infection but sting like crazy. Oh and someone advised I needed to do a parasite cleanse…well, I guess I did “put it out there.” Hugs help!!! Love your writing and eczema story..can relate so much! Jackie x

    • Hey Jackie!

      I guess the answer is kinda yes and no. I suspect some of the problem was caused by being overweight at the time. In the summer I’d be all hot and sweaty which doesn’t help with the cracks and soreness. I’ve lost about 9 stone since and whilst the eczema does rear it’s evil head every so often, though nowhere near as bad, it’s somewhat rare these days. I can’t place the difference on much else other than weight, but I guess diet and exercise could play a part too.

      I’ve heard lots of good things about coconut oil, though haven’t tried it. Betnovate I didn’t like as it felt weird, clammy and left my fingers slimy.

      Hope you find your own cure!

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