Whenever I was asked the question of what I did in this life, what my profession was, I would tell people I was an author.
Then I would get the one question that every author dreads: Neat. But what do you do for money?
Not that it was really ever anyone’s business, but the question only added to my already massive insecurity of being an author. There is an amazingly large amount of people who don’t know that writers write because they have to – it is ingrained in them, like a symbiotic relationship that is not satisfied unless there is ink on a page and a dumping of stories. I am held in bondage by the stories that plague my brain and my spirit, and this bondage is not satisfied with money. I could be making millions of dollars an hour, and I would still have to write.
When people found out that I left my 9-5 job to pursue writing full time – and God’s calling on my writing – that’s when the questions became more invasive and the looks became more hostile and confrontational. Friends and family alike didn’t care for this turn of events. It wasn’t akin to being a responsible and upstanding husband, father, or individual of society.
*Gasp* You pursued a career that doesn’t pay out unless you’re successful!
I’m over all of that now. I’m not as insecure about my writing, and I certainly couldn’t give two flips about what people think about me or the path I – and my family – have decided to take regarding this calling. I’m doing what I know I should be doing. What I am called to do. Go figure that that’s what a calling is all about, right?
What do I write? I write Christian fiction with real-world content and edgy themes.
What does that mean? It means that I write Christian fiction that the Christian publishing companies wouldn’t touch with a ten-foot pole. Yes, they adhere to Biblical standards. No, they do not adhere to the G-rating found in many kids movies. To clarify, I’m not into shock-and-awe. I just write stories the way the stories want to be written without being constrained to the unquestionable ‘rules’ of the Christian publishing industry.
That’s why I started The Crossover Alliance, a publishing company specializing in this unique fiction. A place for authors much like myself.
Now I balance writing and building / running a publishing company. I’m a work-from-home dad on top of that, watching my 5-year-old during the day while caffeine fuels my work load at night. It’s a lot to juggle, but it makes for interesting conversations with friends and family. And it all keeps me out of trouble.
I was born in the Bay Area of California, and I currently (and reluctantly) live in the dry heat of Arizona. Someday soon though I’ll return to California. My heart is for it. You can’t shake the Bay from one born in it. First things first though, let’s get this publishing company moving in the right direction.
In my free time, I love to game. All sorts of games. I grew up on a Commodore 64 and an Atari 2600. Now I play on my PC and Xbox One. I’m a geek. I married a geek. It’s all geek to me. I also love to read, and I’ve recently found an interest in gardening. Go figure. You will find me participating in NaNoWriMo each and every November as well. I’ve been doing it (successfully) for the last twelve years.
If there’s one piece of advice I would love to give you, it’s this: Don’t listen to the naysayers. They naysay because they don’t have the courage to do what those they naysay do. Let them live their lives in mediocrity. Let them live their lives tormented with the broken and rotted dreams they never pursued. You are not them. Do not let them set your compass.
Thank you for joining me on this journey. If you’d like to drop me a line, you can email me at dna (at) davidnalderman (dot) com.