Today I am interviewing Daniel Dark, author of two new books Poison Cup Award Winner thriller/horror novel, Knife’s Tell, and his cookbook, Victorian Catsup.
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DJ: Hi Daniel! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Daniel Dark: Depending on who you talk to I am between forty-five and two hundred years old. I am just a crazy old guy that rides a penny farthing bike, drives a 1901 Oldsmobile Curved Dash model R, and wears solid black with top hat every day.
DJ: What is Knife’s Tell and Victorian Catsup about?
Daniel: Knife’s Tell is a prequel to Jack the Ripper and follows a man into the spiral of becoming the feared man of London’s 1888 East End.
Victorian Catsup is a cookbook containing approximately two hundred receipts for catsup and about sixty different flavors. All receipts are from 1910 to the late 1700’s.
DJ: What were some of your influences for Knife’s Tell and Victorian Catsup?
Daniel: My first influence for Knife’s Tell was my father being a homicide detective and us talking about cold cases when I was younger.
The influence for Victorian Catsup was me being a Victorian Chef before I had a stroke. I made different flavors of Catsup to match up with dishes for the restaurant I owned.
DJ: Could you briefly tell us a little about your main characters? Do they have any cool quirks or habits, or any reason why readers with sympathize with them?
Daniel: The main character is a man wracked with personal pains trying to find a reason for his life, and his connection to the man with the knife.
DJ: Aside from the main characters in the story, who is a favorite side character or a character with a smaller role for in story? Why?
Daniel: The dress shop owner that does not take any shit.
DJ: What is the world and setting of Knife’s Tell and Victorian Catsup like?
Daniel: Knife’s Tell is set in 1888 East Side London.
DJ: What was your favorite part about writing Knife’s Tell and Victorian Catsup?
Daniel: Victorian Catsup was the book I wrote after having a stroke to help me rehab where different parts of my life I could not remember. During the process of writing it I had to get a measuring cup out of the kitchen to remember how many ounces were in it.
Knife’s Tell gave me the freedom to explore a story that I had never read about in all the books about Jack the Ripper.
DJ: What do you think readers will be talking about most once they finish it?
Daniel: When people talk to me about it the words “original story” almost always comes out.
DJ: When I read, I love to collect quotes – whether it be because they’re funny, foodie, or have a personal meaning to me. Do you have any favorite quotes from Knife’s Tell or Victorian Catsup that you can share with us?
Daniel: The very end of the story which was the first sentences that I wrote for the book. You will have to read the book to find out what it says.
DJ: Now that Knife’s Tell and Victorian Catsup are released, what is next for you?
Daniel: I am working on books two and three of the Knife’s Tell for publication in 2019. After that I have two tentative outlines (fractured stories containing serial killer characters) that I will be working into manuscript.
DJ: Where can readers find out more about you?
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/1941706665
DJ: Before we go, what is that one thing you’d like readers to know about Knife’s Tell and Victorian Catsup that we haven’t talked about yet?
Daniel: I wrote Victorian Catsup as a recovery book after my stroke. This last year I had over twenty units of blood transfusions, and because of this I give ninety percent of my proceeds from that book to the Blood Banks of Tennessee.
DJ: Is there anything else you would like add?
Daniel: should you be interested in learning more about writing, acting, music or movie production, publishing, or many other types of art be sure to tune in on Wednesday nights at 8:00 P.M. Central to The Star Chamber with myself, Stephen Zimmer,And other guests.
DJ: Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to answer my questions!
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About the Book:
In 1888 one of the most notorious serial killers in history plagued London’s East Side.
Knife’s Tell is not about those murders, but the life behind them. What would cause a normal person to slay in such a horrific way?
Daniel Dark has explored an alternative tale of a doctor lost in reality trying to correct his past. With the help of his personal servant, he searches the Chapel for answers about his connection to the man with the knife.
Where did he come from? And how is the doctor part of his plans for escaping the police at every turn?
Read Knife’s Tell to learn the story behind the blade that killed London
The book you now hold in your hands is nothing new, only forgotten by most.
It is, however, how Chef Daniel, the Victorian Chef, recovered many missing segments of his knowledge after having a stroke in 2012. At that time, he had a forty-seat restaurant where he was recreating dishes from the Victorian Era. He was also developing his signature catsups to serve with each receipt that he placed on the menu.
After the stroke, he was forced to give up on his dream for the time being and start the long journey of rehabilitation of both body and mind. When Chef Daniel was able to stand in front of a stove again, he went back to what he knew best, making small batch catsup that he took to local fairs and sold so that he could make more.
This book is a big part of what kept Chef Daniel going each day. Now he wants to share that with others by contributing ninety percent of his proceeds to the Blood Banks that kept him alive by furnishing over twenty units to him when he was in need.
About the Author:
Brian Lee Durfee is an artist and writer raised in Fairbanks Alaska and Monroe Utah. He has done illustrations for Wizards of the Coast, Tolkien Enterprises, Dungeons & Dragons, Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust (Denali National Park) and many more.
His art has been featured in SPECTRUM: Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art #3 and Writers of the Future Vol 9. He won the Arts for the Parks Grand Canyon Award and has a painting in the permanent collection of the Grand Canyon Visitors Center-Kolb Gallery.
Brian is the author of the fantasy series Five Warrior Angels. He lives in Salt Lake City.
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