Community Creatives: David Grigg

David Grigg is based in Whittlesea and is a retired software developer and long-time science fiction fan who lives in Melbourne, Australia. Since retiring, he has returned to his first love of writing fiction and has had many short stories published online and in anthologies. His SF novel “The Fallen Sun” was published in October 2018.

David is one of our profiled local writers as part of the 11th Annual Booklovers Festival. To find out more about the festival view the program here

When did you start writing? What inspired you?
I started writing at the age of 12, after I persuaded my parents to buy me a second hand typewriter. I was inspired by all the books I had read, but particularly science fiction authors like James Blish, Arthur C. Clarke, and children's authors like Edith Nesbit.

What are you working on at the moment?
The sequel to my novel "The Fallen Sun", working title "The Sun Below".

Do you have a studio or work space? What is it like?
I generally work at the local library (YPRL Mill Park), but also have a dedicated study at home, full of books.

What does a typical day involve for you?
Walk to the library (about 20 minutes), get a cup of coffee, set up my iPad and keyboard and start to write. Or stare at the blank screen for a long while!

How do you define success? How do you celebrate your successes?
If people enjoy my writing.

What advice would you give to an aspiring writer?
Keep at it, don't give up. Persistence pays off.

Do you have favourite author or book?

A few. Kate Atkinson, Tana French, James S. A. Corey. Favourite book is probably "Jonathan Strange & Mr. Morrell" by Susanna Clarke.

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